You can join a worldwide patient working group to support research on biologic treatments for severe asthma.
Researchers are seeking children ages 6 to 11 years old with mild asthma for a 9-day study to provide feedback on a new electronic asthma symptom diary.
Learn about how asthma severity is classified and determines treatment. Understand some of the terms your doctor may use when describing your asthma.
Learn about Type 2 asthma, its role in the development of severe asthma, and available treatments for Type 2 inflammation.
We invite you to take part in the NHLBI-sponsored PrecISE study to examine ways to treat people with severe asthma.
The National Institutes of Health released a focused update to its federal asthma guidelines. The updates are intended to improve asthma care.
If you have moderate or severe asthma, we invite you to participate in a new clinical trial for a potential new medication.
The US FDA has announced a voluntary recall of the Perrigo albuterol inhaler used to treat asthma and other respiratory diseases.
If you’re unable to work due to severe asthma, here is what you need to know on filing a claim for Social Security disability benefits.
News regarding the findings of a study regarding the impact of long-term use of e-cigarettes for those with respiratory diseases, including asthma and COPD.
Allergist Purvi Parikh provides insights on why people with asthma should get a flu shot. She also provides information about the pneumonia vaccine.
Learn about OCS Overexposed: a new awareness campaign to help people understand the risks of long-term steroid use to treat asthma.
If you are unable to control asthma with all types of treatment, you may have severe asthma. It’s estimated 5-10% of people with asthma have severe asthma. These patients often experience high rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations.
Severe asthma must be carefully monitored since symptoms could be life-threatening if ignored. If your symptoms worsen, you have a flare-up during everyday activities, or your symptoms don’t respond to a quick-relief inhaler, prompt medical treatment is necessary.
Severe asthma may call for a higher dosage of inhaled corticosteroids or long-term oral corticosteroids. If symptoms continue to not respond, then biologics are the next step. These medications target cells and pathways that cause allergic inflammation. They reduce inflammation and calm the immune system.
Your treatment plan may also include lifestyle changes, including:
- Avoiding triggers (including allergens)
- Avoiding smoking (including secondhand smoke)
- Losing weight if needed
- Doing breathing exercises
- Managing or reducing stress
The goal of asthma treatment is to manage and control symptoms so you can live life to the fullest. Regular appointments with your doctor and updating your Asthma Action Plan as needed are vital to effective asthma management.
See our full article on Severe Asthma.