When you have a severe form of asthma, such as eosinophilic asthma, breathing isnt always easy. The condition causes the airways to swell up and tighten. During a flare, it can feel like you’re exhaling air through a straw while a bowling ball sits on your rib cage.

Whether mild or severe, asthma has no known cure — but the condition can be controlled. A combination of medications and lifestyle changes can help you breathe a little easier and make asthma take a backseat to your overall life.

Here are some ways to reduce symptoms and flares of severe asthma.