Serious Treatment for Serious Asthma


Nancy Morris

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Nancy Morris, 67, lives in Forest, Mississippi. She’s retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

I’m a bit of an anomaly when it comes to asthma. I didn’t start showing symptoms of asthma until later in life; I was around 40 years old when my symptoms emerged. My asthma is classified as “severely persistent” (also known as severe), and is the least common form of asthma.  

My symptoms started with wheezing, shortness of breath and bad congestion. My general practitioner started treating me for bronchitis. The medicine my doctor gave me would offer short-term relief, but my symptoms always came back as bad as they were before. 

When asthma doesn't respond to consistent treatment, it's considered severe asthma. Watch this video for more severe asthma facts.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: May 12, 2017

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