The main symptoms are:

Chest tightness  


Shortness of breath


Recent research has indicated that:

  • Not all asthma is not all the same. There are different types and it can be very 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.
  • If someone has a more 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.
  • This may happen despite taking multiple medications. These attacks often occur more than once per year. They may often require oral steroids, use of emergency services, or hospitalization.

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.

Give your
lungs a voice.

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