Difference Between Uncontrolled Asthma And Severe Asthma

What is Asthma?
Asthma is an inflammatory disease that affects lungs. It causes swelling and inflammation in your lungs and airways making it difficult to breathe. Asthma is usually triggered by air borne allergens like, pollen, dust mites, mold spores or pet dander. Respiratory infections, physical activity and breathing in cold air can also trigger asthma. It is associated with symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in chest and coughing.

Asthma has no cure but its symptoms can be treated with controller and quick relief medication. In order to manage your asthma effectively, first you’ll have to get an accurate asthma diagnosis.

What is the Difference between Uncontrolled Asthma and Severe Asthma?

Severe Asthma

Asthma which cannot be controlled with any type of treatment is called severe asthma. People with severe asthma require much higher doses of inhaled corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids in addition to their daily medication. Severe asthma is difficult to manage but it can be controlled with person-specific regimen.

Symptoms Associated with Severe Asthma

Symptoms of severe asthma are quite similar to normal or moderate asthma but they are intense to a degree that can be considered as life threatening. Severe asthma is difficult to manage with common asthma medication.

Severe asthma is accompanied with following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath that gradually worsens
  • Pain or tightness in your chest.
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing that doesn’t go away even after treatment.

Uncontrolled Asthma
Unlike severe asthma, uncontrolled asthma can be managed by changing treatments and sticking to the one that works for you. It can be treated with regular asthma medication. If you have normal to moderate asthma, with uncontrolled symptoms your doctor will most likely prescribe you with a controller and a quick relief medication. Your doctor may also check the current situation of your lungs with the help of a non-invasive and simple test called spirometry. 

Symptoms Associated with Uncontrolled Asthma

Symptoms of uncontrolled asthma can easily be treated with normal asthma medication and rarely require emergency medical treatment. Symptoms of uncontrolled asthma attack are:

  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in chest
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

Effective Asthma Medication
Here is a list of asthma medications that are popularly used to treat asthma attacks:

  1. Salbutamol
    , also known Albuterol is used to treat symptoms like wheezing and shortness of breath. It is a bronchodilator that is used for asthma attacks and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

  2. Ventolin
    also contains albuterol. It is a prescription medication that is used to treat bronchospasms. You can order it from any UK registered online pharmacy or you can simply get it from your local chemist.

  3. Clenil Inhaler
    is a preventer inhaler. It is highly recommended for moderate or severe asthma. It contains beclomethasone as the active ingredient, which controls and prevents asthma attacks.