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Do you know your e-number? “Before my asthma was under control, I probably still played golf four times a month, but I had to use a cart. There was no way I could walk. I played from the cart and when I couldn’t use a cart, I just didn’t play.” Seth Dickman, 41, of Freemont, OH, went from completing triathlons to not being able to carry his golf clubs due to serious breathing problems. “I’m a strong driven person. It limited my ability to do everything I wanted to do.” Seth needed answers. A blood test revealed that he had an elevated number of eosinophils (e-o-sin-o-phils), also known as an elevated e-number. Eosinophils are a normal part of the body’s immune system, but when too many get activated in people with asthma, they can cause inflammation in the airways making it difficult to breathe. This type of asthma is known as eosinophilic asthma— or e-asthma. According to an analysis of data from the CDC, nearly seven out of 10 adults with asthma may have e-asthma.1

When his allergist prescribed a targeted medicine as part of his treatment plan, he was able to breathe better which helped him do more and his asthma got better. Seth is now back to playing golf twice a week, can carry his clubs and is taking his daughter with him. “My daughter, 11, really loves to play, too, so it’s a good excuse for me to get out of the house with her.” Knowing your e-number is important, 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 If you have experienced any of the above, you may have e-asthma and should talk to an asthma specialist about getting to know your e-number. • For more information, visit www.easthma.com. 1 Although not defined by clinical guidelines, eosinophilic asthma was considered an eosinophil count of 150 cells/μL or more for this CDC survey analysis. US-39354 4/20

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