Just like for mild cases of asthma, there is no cure for severe asthma. There is only treatment to help manage symptoms. Researchers and doctors need to better understand the disease itself in order to treat it effectively, to best help patients control their symptoms to lead a life without limits. There are clinical trials going on right now to test new treatments that might improve the quality of life for severe asthma patients!
According to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report-3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, it's best to determine how severe a patient's asthma is before the patient starts treatment. Then a doctor determines how much control a patient has over his or her asthma after treatment begins. Patients with severe asthma often will require the highest doses of medications to reach a level of normalcy, but many still will struggle to control their asthma.
The goal of asthma treatment is to control a patient’s asthma over a long period of time. Good asthma control reduces asthma symptoms, and allows patients to go about their normal daily routines. It also prevents future asthma attacks, hospital visits, and loss of lung function.
Severe asthma patients have a hard time meeting the goal of asthma control. For some, new treatments are needed to help control their asthma and improve their quality of life. Even with the currently available controller medicines, severe asthma still greatly limits these patients' lives. This webpage reviews some of the current recommended treatments for severe asthma patients and highlights some new treatments that offer help in place of standard medicines.