Understanding if Your Asthma is Severe

Many asthma patients are under the assumption that there is only one type of asthma, when in fact, up to ten percent of the 24 million people in the US living with asthma have a specific type, called severe asthma. And about half of those living with severe asthma have elevated levels of a type of white blood cell called eosinophils that can cause damage to the airways, leading to decreased lung function and increased risk of exacerbations. 

As part of our commitment to bringing patients the very best in respiratory care, we are focused on eliminating a “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment for those living with severe asthma. But in order for asthma patients to take control of their care, they must first understand the signs that may mean their asthma is severe.

Here are some of the ways you may know you are living with severe asthma:

  • Your asthma wakes you up at night due to shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing almost every night.
  • Exercise can be a trigger for your asthma flare ups.
  • Your asthma extremely limits your daily activities and tasks.
  • You’ve missed work or school due to your asthma.
  • You often feel lonely or isolated because of your asthma.  

When asthma is properly managed, you should be able to live your life uninterrupted by normal activities of daily living. Understanding the impact asthma has on your day-to-day life and emotional well-being is critical to knowing your asthma severity. 

Lungprint is our new online tool that reveals information about your individual experience with asthma to help you understand if your asthma is severe. By answering a few questions to create your Lungprint, you’ll gain a better understanding about asthma’s role in your life. Once the questionnaire is completed, you will receive a copy that you can share with your doctor.

To gain a better understanding of asthma’s role in your life, create your Lungprint here