Mild, moderate or severe asthma?

Your doctor might describe your asthma as mild, moderate or severe, intermittent or persistent. These categories help determine a treatment plan.

For patients, the terms are misleading. People diagnosed with mild asthma can die from a sudden, severe flare, while someone diagnosed with severe, persistent asthma can have a mild episode easily controlled with an extra dose of medication. Patients can move from severe to mild by learning to manage symptoms effectively.