If you have asthma, the airways bringing air in
and out of your lungs become tight, restricting the flow of air. This
translates into symptoms like shortness of breath and wheezing. Most people
with asthma can control it successfully with medications and lifestyle changes.
But some people have severe asthma, in which they experience symptoms frequently
despite taking their medication as prescribed. As a pulmonologist, I look for
certain signs that my patients’ asthma is severe. If you’re experiencing any of
the following, reach out to your pulmonologist to take next steps.
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author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare
professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical
emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.
Akuthota is a board-certified pulmonologist with UC San Diego Health. He’s
also an associate clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine, where
his research focuses on eosinophils and inflammation. View his Healthgrades