It is important to maintain good control of
asthma, because asthma can cause death. Children and
adults who have had one or more severe, life-threatening asthma attacks (status asthmaticus) are at increased risk of death from asthma.
Also, if people with asthma don't follow their treatment plans and they
overuse quick-relief medicine, they may not seek care when it is needed. This
might increase their chances of having severe asthma attacks that could be
life-threatening or cause death.
Other factors that may increase
the risk of death from asthma include:1
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH
Publication No. 08–5846). Available online:
February 13, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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