Severe or difficult to control asthma can be life threatening and requires active self management, monitoring, and often a team of experts to treat and manage. Patients often report their symptoms as well controlled, but are unaware that their symptoms are actually uncontrolled or severe. This can be a life-threatening misconception, and understanding your symptoms and triggers is the key to staying healthy and avoiding serious flares.
About 5-10% of the population is thought to have severe asthma when objectively assessed. Severe asthma is defined by the use of high-dose ICS/LABA controller medications with frequent or unresolved symptoms. An asthma flare can last seconds, minutes or hours, and difficult to control or severe asthma can become life-threatening in moments.
You can help stop these life-threatening situations before they start through:
Diet, exercise, sleep and stress, can affect your asthma symptoms. If you are experiencing worsening asthma symptoms or your asthma is becoming harder to control, discuss with your healthcare provider how these lifestyle changes may be impacting your symptoms.
Understanding your specific type of asthma and gaining access to an asthma specialist and the appropriate targeted treatment is key in severe asthma.