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Moderate and Severe Persistent Asthma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is moderate or severe persistent asthma?

Moderate or severe persistent asthma means you have asthma symptoms every day. You may also need to use your rescue inhaler daily to treat shortness of breath. Your normal activities are affected by wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness. You have frequent flare-ups when your symptoms become worse. Flare-ups at night can affect your sleep and happen at least 1 time each week.

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What increases my risk for persistent asthma?

How is persistent asthma diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and listen to your lungs. He or she will ask if you or any family members have allergies. Your provider will want to know if you have any other health conditions. He or she will ask how often you have symptoms and what makes them worse. Tell him or her if your symptoms wake you at night or keep you from exercising. You may also need any of the following:

How is persistent asthma treated?

Treatment may be changed to find the best way to manage your symptoms. Treatment may include any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How do I know if my symptoms are controlled?

How can I manage persistent asthma?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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