Do you tell your friends and colleagues that you have asthma?
I think that there are both advantages and disadvantages about doing this.
The main advantage is that they can help me in an emergency situation.
The main disadvantage is that some of them might have a distorted view of asthma; for example, asthmatics pretend to be ill or llike that.
This is, of course, not true, yet
in the worst case, it could lead to relation problems in the work place.
The best thing is to have those around us understand the disease; about common asthma triggers or symptoms.
However, healthy people are not very cooperative about learning others' diseases.
Fortunately, my asthma has been relatively well controlled, so I don't tell others that I have asthma. I'm afraid that those who are not medically aware might misunderstand my asthma. I don't like others to suspect that I'm just malingering. But I strongly believe that it's better to tell my friends and colleagues about my asthma for emergency cases.