Asthma Management Handbook

Comorbid conditions and asthma


The most common comorbid conditions in people with asthma are allergic rhinitis, rhinosinusitis, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), mental illness (e.g. depression, anxiety and panic disorders), chronic infections and obstructive sleep apnoea.1 The prevalence of comorbidities is high among people with severe asthma.2

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  1. Sorkness, CA, Lemanske, RF, Mauger, DT, et al. Long-term comparison of 3 controller regimens for mild-moderate persistent childhood asthma: The Pediatric Asthma Controller Trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007; 119: 64-72. Available from:
  2. Boulet LP. Influence of comorbid conditions on asthma. Eur Respir J. 2009; 33: 897-906. Available from: