What is Severe Asthma
Severe asthma is difficult to control despite medication
Severe asthma is asthma that can’t be controlled despite the correct use of prescribed high-dose regular preventer medicines.
People with severe asthma need the highest level of recommended treatment continuously to control their asthma. They can have trouble with frequent asthma symptoms or flare-ups even when taking that level of treatment.
Severe asthma is sometimes referred to as:
- severe refractory asthma OR
- treatment resistant/difficult to treat asthma
People with difficult to treat or severe asthma should be referred to a respiratory specialist for assessment. It may help to discuss their treatment options to better manage their condition and help get their symptoms under control.
There are some ‘add-on’ asthma treatments and special medicines that are used for the treatment of severe asthma that need to be prescribed by a specialist once a diagnosis of severe asthma has been confirmed.
People with severe asthma experience:
- More flare-ups
- Increased need for visits to their GP and asthma-related hospitalisations
- Higher annual medical costs
- More time off work or school
- More emotional stress due to their asthma