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DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ASTHMA?

If your asthma treatment isn’t working for you, it may be because you have a different type of asthma.

Below, you’ll find tools to start a conversation with your doctor about asthma. Your doctor may be able to help you better manage your condition and live life without limits.

HELPING YOU DEFINE YOUR ASTHMA

Developed by an international team of patients, advocacy groups and asthma experts, this new checklist can help you spot the signs that you need to have a conversation with your doctor about asthma.

If any of the ‘clear’ (Red) signs apply to you, you should see your doctor who may refer you to a specialist. A specialist will be able to check if you do have a different type of asthma, and give advice on what to do next.

If some of the ‘concerning’ (Yellow) signs apply to you, or you are worried about the impact of asthma on your life, speak with your doctor during your next appointment or asthma review.

CLEAR SIGNS

  • I regularly visit the emergency services or have stayed in hospital
  • I am often absent from work or school due to asthma
  • I often feel like nothing works to help with my symptoms
  • I often feel that asthma is controlling my life
  • I am scared of dying from asthma
  • My disease is unpredictable with regular asthma attacks (flare-ups)
  • I have symptoms that never go away
  • I have had two or more sets of steroid tablets in 12 months
  • I use my reliever/rescue medication more than twice a week even though I take controller inhaler(s) and tablets
  • I regularly use nebulizers to relieve my symptoms

CONCERNING SIGNS

  • I cannot do the things that I want to do, like exercise or household chores
  • I often need help from someone to conduct my daily activities, like cooking or laundry
  • Asthma puts a stress on my relationships
  • I am often forced to make unwanted changes in my daily life
  • I often feel depressed or anxious due to asthma
  • I often feel isolated and alone
  • I often feel like I have a heavy weight pushing down on my chest
  • My coughing often interferes with my normal activities
  • My symptoms often keep me awake at night
  • I cannot walk upstairs without becoming short of breath
  • I forget to take my controller inhalers
  • I am afraid of the side effects of my asthma medications

DOWNLOAD OUR CHECKLIST

To help you start a conversation with your doctor, try downloading this guide to take with you to your appointment.

LIVE LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

Don’t suffer in silence – if your treatment for asthma isn’t working for you, it may be because you have a different type of the condition. Simply speaking to your doctor could give you the chance to get your life back on track.

I was so terrified of an attack that we couldn’t enjoy those simple, everyday moments together. But my husband never gave up, and now we’re back in step.

Mum was always stressed about going on holiday because we needed to be near the hospital. Now things are better she says we can go to a different country… I can’t wait to go exploring for fish.

I love walking, but I’ve always worried something might happen. After changing my treatment I can roam a bit further than before.

I really missed all the buzz of the office when I was stuck at home… since getting my medication right, I’m back in the thick of it again.

WHAT OTHER TYPES OF ASTHMA ARE THERE?

There is a type known as ‘severe asthma’. As it sounds, people living with severe asthma experience a frequent and severe worsening of symptoms, even if they’re being treated with high-dose controller medication.

A doctor or specialist will be able to tell you if your asthma is severe, and help you reduce symptoms and their impact on your life if this is the case.

DEFINE YOUR ASTHMA RIGHTS

Find out what you should expect for the management of severe asthma.

We can help you learn more about severe asthma, your right to treatment and how to find your local patient organisation.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Head over to the Define Your Asthma page on Facebook and join the conversation on managing your condition.

Define Your Asthma is led and coordinated by Global Allergy and Asthma Patient Platform (GAAPP) in partnership with their member organisations. The campaign is supported by GSK, via independent communication agency support and an educational grant.

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