and must be put to action by the physician, patient and their family.
7% suffer from severe or diagnosed asthma.
Severe Asthma or Therapy Resistant Asthma Is increasingly recognized as a major unmet need.
Severe asthma is defined as asthma that requires treatment with high doses of inhaled or systemic corticosteroids to prevent it from becoming “uncontrolled” or that it remains “uncontrolled” despite these therapies. Our vision is to coordinate efforts with researchers, clinicians and the population to educate and provide awareness of severe asthma in children and adults.
We will work with providers, researchers and community to increase the recognition, treatment, protocols and management of this frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed disease. In 2018, the Severe Asthma Foundation and Allergy & Asthma Network, the leading national patient education and advocacy organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions, are joining forces to raise awareness, knowledge and research in severe asthma.
WHAT IS ASTHMA?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs which can make it hard to breathe. The airways themselves are very sensitive and become obstructed making it difficult to get air out.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASTHMA?
The main symptoms are shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. Other conditions can have these symptoms as well, so it is important to consult an asthma specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) to receive a proper diagnosis.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ASTHMA?
There are different types of asthma. People who are diagnosed with asthma as children tend to experience different symptoms than those who are diagnosed as adults. Some asthma is more linked to allergies. Some asthma in women can be affected by changes in hormones.
HOW DO I KNOW HOW SEVERE MY ASTHMA IS?
The severity of your asthma is mainly determined by how often you have symptoms, your breathing test results, the type and amount of medications you use daily, and how often you have to use your rescue inhaler.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF ASTHMA TREATMENT?
The goals of asthma treatment are to prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms, reduce the use of rescue medicine such as albuterol, maintain near-normal pulmonary function, maintain normal activity levels, and meet the patients’ expectations of and satisfaction with their asthma care. We also want to prevent recurrent exacerbations, minimize the need for emergency room visits or hospitalizations, prevent progressive loss of lung function, and reduced lung growth in children.