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The Next Breath aims to bring more awareness to severe asthma, illuminate the latest science and empower people to take action to strive towards better asthma control.

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everyone with a role to play
in building a brighter future for
people with severe asthma:

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I HAVE ASTHMA, OR
HAVE A LOVED ONE
WHO DOES

Up to 50% of people overestimate how
well controlled their asthma is.
Could this be you or your loved one?

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I’M AN ADVOCATE, MEMBER
OF THE MEDIA, OR SIMPLY
WANT TO FIND OUT MORE

Up to 35 million people worldwide live
with severe asthma symptoms.
So why is awareness still so low?

What can stand
in the way of better
asthma control?

Awareness of barriers will help us
to tackle them better together.

As many as 45% of people living with asthma
have symptoms that are not well controlled.
Different barriers can prevent people from
achieving better asthma control, and
everyone can play a role in addressing them.

Get informed about these barriers here,
then read on to learn about severe asthma,
a form of asthma that can be particularly
difficult to control.

Patient-Doctor
Disconnects

National
Policies

Overlooking
Symptoms

Treatment
Approaches

Access to
Specialists

People with asthma and doctors can
have different ways of talking about
how well controlled asthma is, and in
one study, almost 20% of people
hadn't discussed their symptoms with
a doctor at all.

There are few standalone national
policies that are focused on a holistic
approach to reducing the burden of
asthma, from awareness to
environmental risk factor prevention to
treatment decisions.

It is easy for a person to overlook how
serious their asthma really is. In one
study, up to 50% of people reporting
severe symptoms considered their
asthma to be completely or
well controlled.

Many people rely on quick-relief medicines,
which can ease symptoms in the moment
but do not adequately address their cause.
In one survey, 23% of people using these
medicines needed urgent asthma treatment
in the past year and almost 70% still had
poorly controlled symptoms.

Asthma specialists (allergists,
pulmonologists) are more likely to be up
to date on the latest science and
treatment approaches, but 48% of people
with asthma have never visited one.

Get informed about these barriers here,
then read on to learn about severe asthma,
a form of asthma that can be particularly
difficult to control.

Are you living
with asthma?

Your condition may not be as well controlled as you
think it is. Check out these resources to help you rethink your
asthma and take back control of your condition.

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What is severe asthma?

It's time to bring more awareness to the condition and its impact.

Each person's asthma is experienced differently and can vary in its symptoms,
severity and the treatment required. Many people with asthma can effectively
manage their condition with controller medicines.

However, 5% to 10% of asthma cases are classified as severe and can be harder to control, disrupting day-to-day lives even when multiple controller
medicines are used. Severe asthma that isn't well controlled is also known as
uncontrolled or persistent asthma.

Despite this impact, severe asthma often goes unrecognized. People with severe
asthma may not realize that their asthma falls into this category - and people who
don’t have the condition may not realize how serious it can be. With new science
expanding possibilities for life with severe asthma, it's more important than ever to
increase awareness of the symptoms and the impact of the condition.

Are you living with or caring for
someone with asthma?

Click for resources to help you have more productive conversations.

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Where is the
science heading?

More is known than ever before about the
science of severe asthma, opening up new
ways to manage the condition.

CAUSES OF ASTHMA
TYPE 2
INFLAMMATION
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CAUSES OF ASTHMA

Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the
airways. It is caused by two different sources:

  • Immune System: An overactive immune system
    can cause inflammation in the airways, causing
    them to narrow and making it harder to breathe.

  • Environmental Triggers: Factors such as
    pollen, smoke, weather changes or exercise can
    trigger this inflammation, causing the onset or
    worsening of asthma symptoms.

Some people have asthma that is associated
with obesity or aging; for others, the condition
is associated with inflammation due to
problems with the immune system.

Let’s take a closer look at a specific type of
inflammation called type 2 inflammation.

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TYPE 2 INFLAMMATION

Through scientific advances in asthma biology,
we now understand that a particular type of
inflammation called type 2 inflammation is
present in 50 to 70% of people with asthma.

There are often higher levels of type 2
inflammation in the airways of people with
severe asthma. Reducing this inflammation can
help to control symptoms.

Asthma described as “eosinophilic” or
“allergic” (or a mixture of the two) has
underlying type 2 inflammation.

Asthma with underlying type 2 inflammation is
also known as type 2 asthma.

Type 2 inflammation can be a cause of
other conditions throughout the body
(known as comorbidities), such as allergic
rhinitis and nasal polyps.

This explains why many people with type 2
inflammation may struggle with one or
more of these conditions in addition to
asthma.

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FUTURE OF CARE

Scientists are currently researching ways of
reducing type 2 inflammation as much as
possible, with the goal of helping people achieve
the four key measures of asthma control:

  • Preventing asthma attacks
  • Reducing symptoms to improve quality of life
  • Reducing the use of oral steroid medicines
  • Improving breathing (or “lung function”)

With the latest science opening up new possibilities,
it’s time for a new conversation about the different
types of asthma and the different ways in which it
can be managed.

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Are you a healthcare
provider who treats
people with asthma?

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and treatment of type 2 inflammation.

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Moving the future of asthma forward, together

Working together, we can bring more awareness to severe asthma,
illuminate the latest science and empower people to take action
to strive for better asthma control.

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