Severe asthma, which is highly symptomatic
asthma not well-controlled by typical medications, is a complicated condition.
The chronic inflammation that’s typical of severe asthma can actually cause a
remodeling of the airways inside your lungs, which leads to thickening and
narrowing of those airways. It can also make your airways more hyper-responsive
to triggers. This all makes severe asthma more difficult to manage than mild to
moderate asthma. When you have severe asthma, learning how to manage your
asthma symptoms is one of the most important things you can do to take care of
yourself. It’s not a job that cannot be taken lightly. But you can meet the
challenge and succeed—and in doing so, live a healthy, active life—if you keep
these basics in mind.