A simple blood test can help determine if your severe asthma is actually e-asthma—eosinophilic asthma
What is e-asthma?
e-asthma, or eosinophilic asthma, is a kind of severe asthma
Eosinophils are white blood cells that can make inflammation in the lungs worse
Eosinophils (e-o-sin-o-phils) are a normal part of the body’s immune system, but for some people with severe asthma, they can cause inflammation in the airways.
See how eosinophils drive airway inflammation in people with e-asthma
Who has e-asthma?
People with severe asthma
A common blood test can measure your eosinophil count
This test is often part of your routine blood work, and you may have already completed one. Ask your doctor about a blood test for your asthma, especially if you:
- Often use your rescue inhaler to control asthma symptoms
- Wake up at night due to asthma symptoms
- Have had to take oral steroids like prednisone for your asthma
- Have had asthma attacks that required emergency care
These can be signs of severe asthma that is uncontrolled and could be e-asthma.
If you think you may have e-asthma, talk to an asthma specialist, like an allergist or pulmonologist
These doctors have special training on how to manage asthma. A routine blood test can help them identify people with elevated eosinophils.
- An allergist specializes in identifying allergies and their triggers
- Once identified, allergists can determine if a person’s allergies cause or worsen asthma
- Sometimes called a “lung doctor,” a pulmonologist specializes in helping people with breathing problems, like those caused by asthma, manage their condition
Patients may be referred to an allergist or pulmonologist by their primary care physician (PCP), or can ask for a referral.
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How is e-asthma managed?
There are different ways to manage e-asthma
Medication options include:
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