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7 Risks of Uncontrolled Severe Asthma

Uncontrolled severe asthma puts you at risk.

Roughly 10% of all Americans with asthma have a severe form of the disease that is especially hard to manage, known simply as severe asthma. This type of asthma is typically difficult to control with standard medications, and may require more medications at higher doses. However, it’s important that you do all you can to control your asthma symptoms, since uncontrolled severe asthma has many risks associated with it. Because asthma is a life-long condition, the better control you have, the lower your risk of experiencing negative consequences due to poor symptom control.

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