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Introduction to Severe Asthma

What is severe asthma?

Severe asthma is a term used by doctors to mean that your asthma symptoms are frequent or you experience frequent asthma flare-ups, despite taking high dose inhaled combination preventer medication regularly and correctly, and you have had the diagnosis of asthma confirmed, and have been treated for other conditions that can make asthma worse.

People with severe asthma have trouble with frequent asthma symptoms or flare-ups even when taking the highest level of recommended treatment, or needing the highest level of recommended treatment continuously to control their asthma.

‘Severe asthma’ is sometimes referred to as:

  • severe refractory asthma OR
  • treatment resistant asthma

This means asthma does not respond as well as in most people to common inhaled preventer medications.

Some common questions you may have...

How is severe asthma different from other types of asthma?

How common is severe asthma?

Who gets severe asthma?

What are the signs and symptoms of severe asthma?

What is the risk of damage to the lungs?

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