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DO YOU KNOW YOUR e-NUMBER? “After three holes of golf, I’d have to quit because I felt out of

breath. I couldn’t put the ball on the tee without feeling winded.” John Schneider, 72, of Sedona, AZ, went from playing 18 holes, five days a week to sometimes missing out on rounds of golf with family and friends due to serious breathing problems. “It wasn’t just golf. I had trouble playing catch with my grandkids because it was too difficult to breathe. It was frustrating to have to step back from doing what I loved.” John needed answers. He found a specialist that diagnosed him with asthma and performed a simple blood test. The blood test results indicated 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

John was surprised to learn his elevated e-number meant he might have a different kind of asthma, but when his doctor prescribed a targeted medicine as part of his treatment plan, he was thrilled by how much his breathing improved. John is now back to playing golf five days a week and playing catch with his grandkids. “My family has been amazed that I’m back doing some of the things I had enjoyed before.” 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.

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