Severe Asthma

What is Severe Asthma?

Severe asthma is asthma that, despite all that you do:

  • It requires high-dose inhaled corticosteroids plus long-acting beta2-agonists and/or additional controller medication or
  • It requires oral corticosteroids to prevent it from becoming uncontrolled or remains uncontrolled despite therapy.

Assessment Tools

Infographics and Animated Patient Guides


Pre-Visit Checklist and Information

Follow-up Visit

Asthma Action Plan

Special acknowledgement: Thank you to Don Bukstein, MD, for use of forms from his practice and for sharing his expertise.

Webinars and Learning Modules

The Asthma Yardstick: What it Means to Practitioners and Patients — Dr. Bradley Chipps and Allergy and Asthma Network’s Tonya Winders

Asthma Vital Signs — Dr. William Berger

Taking a Pulse of Asthma in a 15 Minute Office Visit – Thoughts for Providers & Patients — Stephen Tilles

Severe Asthma: Evaluation, Management and New Advances  – Bradley Chipps, MD, FACAAI

Inhaler Confusion – Randall Brown, MD, MPH, AE-C


Patient Testimonials

Tresha Johnson

Asthma touches lives in many ways – it can be a very serious health concern.  Listen to Tresha Johnson share her moving story about how asthma impacted the lives of her mother and her son, Savion.

Charmayne Anderson

The Baileys

The Buckleys

Stephanie Lowe


Video Blogs

Video: Asthma — Take Action, Take Control (5:11)

In a new “The Balancing Act” segment on Lifetime TV, Tonya Winders, Allergy & Asthma Network President and CEO, talks with host Olga Villaverde. She discusses how to be proactive with your doctor and manage your asthma, whether it’s mild, moderate or severe.

Video: Increasing Access to Asthma Medications (2:20)

Because of asthma, 26 million Americans struggle to breathe, exercise, and go about their daily lives. But increasingly, they also face another challenge: accessing their medications.

Video: Ask the Allergist: How Do Biologics Work? (5:42)

Q: My asthma is worsening. I recently read about new biologic medications. How do they work? And how will my doctor determine if biologics are right for me?

Video: Ask the Allergist: Asthma on the Job (4:13)

Q: I’m getting ready for my first job. I have asthma, I’m very allergic to mold, and the job is in an old office building. What precautions should I take and what do you recommend I discuss with my employer about my asthma?

‘Asthma Mom’ Video Blog: Common Asthma Misconceptions (2:43)

Asthma can be serious.  Have you ever thought, “Oh, it’s just asthma”?  Well, Asthma Mom Cristin Buckley counsels that you may want to think again.  Join her as she shares her experience and some of the common misconceptions about asthma.

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