Asthma is a chronic illness that causes the airways to swell and may trigger symptoms such as trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.  There are several types of asthma and everyone who suffers from this condition may have different triggers and symptoms.

For those with severe asthma, symptoms are worse and may be at a greater risk of suffering from an asthma attack. Here are some things people with severe asthma want you to know:

Asthma is a REAL disease: Asthma sufferers constantly hear things such as:

  • Asthma is not real.
  • Are you sure you are not just making excuses to get out of such and such activity?
  • It’s all in your head.

Asthma is not a psychological disorder and if not treated properly, can be deadly.

Asthma can’t be outgrown: Chronic illnesses don’t disappear, but you can get better with time and proper treatment. Those suffering from mild to moderate asthma may decrease their symptoms by staying away from possible triggers. However, it is less likely for those with severe asthma to experience significant improvements, even with proper treatment and care.

Some people with asthma CAN’T exercise: As mentioned before, everyone’s asthma is different, and the severity of the illness may vary from person to person. While some people may be able to exercise regularly, others can’t because it may trigger their symptoms.

“Natural” remedies are not going to cure asthma: There is little evidence to suggest that homemade remedies or supplements help in the treatment of severe asthma. However, severe asthma symptoms may be controlled with long-term treatment

Smoking is dangerous: We all know cigarette smoke is dangerous for everyone, but it is especially bad for those with asthma. Secondhand or even thirdhand smoke can trigger severe asthma symptoms which can lead to an asthma attack.  

Asthma affects more than 25 million Americans and it’s the leading chronic disease in children. The exact causes of asthma are not yet known, but clinical trials are being conducted at BFHC Research to offer new and advanced treatment options that aren’t yet available to the general public.

If you or someone you love suffers from severe asthma, click the button below to learn more about currently enrolling research studies. Those that qualify may receive study-related care and medication at no cost. In addition to learning more about how to manage the asthma symptoms, participants may have access to possible new treatment options. Compensation is also available for time and travel expenses.

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