The main symptoms are:

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Chest tightness  


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Shortness of breath


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Recent research has indicated that:

  • Not all asthma is the same. In fact, there are different types of asthma, some of which can be severe.
  • People do not look sick, but asthma that is hard to control can affect people’s entire lives by forcing them to make unwanted changes to daily activities.
  • People with uncontrolled asthma can experience symptoms despite taking multiple medications. They may include attacks that occur more than once a year and require hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, or an intensive care unit stay.
  • If someone has a severe type of asthma, they may experience frequent and worsening of asthma symptoms and attacks.
  • Severe asthma may be a life-threatening and debilitating condition that can impact daily life.

There is no cure for asthma.

  • It is important that we listen and provide empathy for those who may have asthma that is hard to control.
  • Many people live in fear of their next attack and restrict their activities.
  • If someone has asthma that is hard to control, they may be referred to an asthma specialist.
  • If you've been diagnosed with asthma, understanding which type of asthma you have can help you feel better informed about how to manage it. Your specialist may conduct tests to help understand your type of asthma.
  • Your specialist may identify best possible treatments that may help control your symptoms.


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