Types of AsthmaAsthma is a disease that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes resulting in respiratory problems. Inor...
Before you start treating your asthma it is best to know the type of asthma you are suffering from. Inmost cases it is see...
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Asthma is a disease that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes resulting in respiratory problems. In order to have a better understanding of the treatment options of asthma it is crucial to have a better understanding of the different types of asthma.

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Types of Asthma

  1. 1. Types of AsthmaAsthma is a disease that causes inflammation of the bronchial tubes resulting in respiratory problems. Inorder to have a better understanding of the treatment options of asthma it is crucial to have a betterunderstanding of the different types of asthma. Different types of asthma can be classified into twobroad groups- extrinsic or allergic version and intrinsic or the non-allergic version. However it must beremembered that in spite of the classification patient may experience similar symptoms but it isimportant to classify the condition so as to diagnose the symptoms properly. Extrinsic Asthma: This type of asthma is usually triggered by allergens and so it is also known as allergic asthma. In extrinsic asthma the immune system of the human body, responsible for protecting, reacts violently to certain foreign substances. The foreign substances may be organic in nature are usually harmless to normal people. These substances are known as allergens and can include pollens, dust, dander, dust mites and other things. The body reacts to these substances and producesantibodies like histamine which lead to inflammation narrowing of the airways and causes symptomssuch as hay fever, rhinitis and asthma.Extrinsic asthma is generally noticed in children; in fact almost 90% of asthma experienced duringchildhood is due to allergens. Children who have a family history of asthma are more likely to experienceextrinsic asthma. As there is no permanent cure for extrinsic asthma the best way to keep asthma undercontrol is to avoid coming in contact with the allergens. Using common asthma products such as antiallergy mattress protector, bed sheets and HEPA filter vacuum cleaners will minimize exposure commonto allergens. Intrinsic asthma: The cause of intrinsic asthma is unknown and so treating it is very hard. Unlike extrinsic asthma, allergens do not bring about episodes of asthma in this case rather the individuals physical system becomes sensitive and reacts to certain environmental factors. Intrinsic asthma is caused by extreme emotional changes like laughing, crying, getting angry or getting depressed or stressed. Furthermore coming in contact with chemical agents, cigarette smoke, perfume, medicines like aspirin and paracetamol, development of chest infection, exercise, cold air and some food preservatives can trigger intrinsic asthma. In fact exercise induced asthma (EIA) is a subtype of intrinsic asthma, where asthmasymptoms flare up after exercise.
  2. 2. Before you start treating your asthma it is best to know the type of asthma you are suffering from. Inmost cases it is seen that people suffer from both these types where their symptoms flare up due toallergens as well as changes in environmental conditions. As asthma doesn’t have any permanent cure itbecome very important that you understand your symptoms, take necessary precautions to preventthem and always consult with your doctor.

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