What is it?
Severe asthma is a more acute form of asthma that’s harder to control. Contrary to common belief, severe asthma isn’t simply “really bad asthma”. Severe asthma is much harder to control as a condition because common asthma medicines don’t quell severe asthma symptoms, even when they are used exactly as prescribed. People with severe asthma typically require care from a respiratory specialist, as opposed to a family practitioner.
How can it be controlled?
Severe asthma typically requires specialized treatment, and since every case is unique, the exact specifics of treatment regimen vary to person to person. Severe asthma suffers often are prescribed standard asthma medication at higher doses than normal, in addition to extra treatments that other people with asthma don’t require. It takes time to work out the best combination of treatments for severe asthma, and what works may change over time, so frequent check-ins with an asthma specialist are key to staying on top of severe asthma symptoms.
What are the risks?
Severe asthma that isn’t properly managed puts people at risk for long term lung damage. Lots of symptoms over a long period of time, such as frequent asthma attacks, can contribute to airway remodeling, where the airways thicken over time, making it harder to breathe.
Can lung damage be prevented?
Steps can be taken to minimize risk of long term lung damage. These are the 3 most important:
- Regularly review your treatment regimen with a specialist.
- Keep track of and avoid which irritants trigger your symptoms.
- Quit or never start smoking.
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