Severe asthma

Severe asthma affects around 4% of people with asthma. If you have severe asthma this section is for you

About severe asthma

Find out what severe asthma is and how it's treated

Severe asthma

What is severe asthma?

Find out about severe asthma, how many people have it, what the outlook is, and why severe asthma is not just ‘bad’ asthma.
Severe asthma diagnosis

How is severe asthma diagnosed?

If you’re having lots of symptoms and your asthma is hard to control, find out how you can get a referral to be assessed for severe asthma

How is severe asthma treated?

Find out how your healthcare team might treat your severe asthma, from medicines such as steroid tablets to treatments including bronchial thermoplasty.
Steroid tablets

Taking steroid tablets for severe asthma

Find out why people take steroid tablets for severe asthma, the risks and side effects of long-term steroids, and how to get a referral for other specialist treatments.
Biologic therapies

Biologic therapies for severe asthma

Read all about Xolair and newer types of biologic medicine on the horizon that may be offered to some people with severe allergic asthma.
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Bronchial thermoplasty

People with severe asthma are sometimes offered a treatment called ‘bronchial thermoplasty’. You can find out all about it here.

Managing your severe asthma

How to manage and look after severe asthma

Managing severe asthma

Manage your severe asthma

Find out the simple things you can do yourself to manage your severe asthma, alongside working with your healthcare team.
Severe asthma and emergencies

Emergency care and severe asthma

If you have severe asthma, you might find yourself in A&E with your asthma often. These ideas and tips can help you get the emergency treatment you need quickly.
Monitoring severe asthma

Monitoring severe asthma symptoms

There are lots of ways to keep track of your symptoms and it’s a good way for you and your doctor to manage your severe asthma better.
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