You can offer continued support to someone you know who has severe asthma. It is important to know what to not say to someone with asthma.

Severe asthma symptoms are worse than mild asthma and continue. People with severe asthma have a higher risk of attacks.

There are seven things that should never be said to someone with asthma.

It is usually enough for people with mild to moderate asthma to take long-term medications and bring a quick-relief device with them.

You might need to bring a nebulizer if you have severe asthma. People with severe asthma are more likely to have an asthma attack. An asthma attack can be life threatening.

“Don’t question your loved one’s reasons for taking their medication. They are prepared, so be happy.”

If you need to help administer asthma medications, you could ask your loved one.

“Triggers vary as there are different types of asthma. Some people can exercise with asthma. People with asthma can’t exercise. In such cases, using a rescue inhaler may not be enough.”

If your loved one is able to do light stretches, they should take walks. Understand that some days are better than others.

People with severe asthma will know how much exercise they can do and how much is too much when they talk to their doctors. They may be going through pulmonary rehabilitation to increase their ability to exercise in the future.

Proper treatment and management of asthma can improve it. If you have a mild case of asthma, avoiding triggers and taking allergy shots can help decrease the incidence of symptoms.

It is a myth that all asthma types will disappear. People with severe asthma are less likely to experience the same kind of relief that people with mild asthma can. There is no cure for asthma.

Learning about asthma and asking how you can help them are some ways of supporting your loved one.

“If there is sudden symptoms of severe asthma, a rescue inhaler can help. If a friend tells you they can’t be around your dog or you can’t go out during high pollen days, take them at their word.”

To control asthma, avoid triggering it. Understand what your loved one needs to avoid. An inhaler is only used for emergencies.

The symptoms of asthma are similar to the common cold. If your loved one has asthma, they might experience congestion too.

“Asthma symptoms don’t go away on their own. They don’t get better on their own, as you experience a cold.”

If your loved one is having trouble with their symptoms, you should suggest they see their doctor. It could be that they are experiencing high levels of inflammation and that is making their symptoms worse.

People with severe asthma need long-term treatment to decrease inflammation that can make their airways narrow and lead to symptoms.

Scientists are always looking for new and better treatments.

Some people find that combining natural remedies with regular medication can help, but more research is needed to show that these are effective. There’s currently no known “natural” cure.

“Smoking is dangerous for people with asthma. Even if you keep a door open, your loved one will still be exposed to secondhand smoke. It is still on your clothes when you come back from that break. Don’t smoke around your loved ones.”