When Is Asthma Considered Severe?

By

Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN

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In the United States, almost 25 million people live with asthma, a chronic condition that makes it harder to breathe by causing swelling and excess mucus production in the lungs. Most people are easily able to manage their symptoms, but 5 to 10% of people have a more difficult-to-treat form of asthma that causes more severe side effects and complications.

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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