Types of Asthma
June 9, 2015
Do you know what type of asthma you have?
Knowing the difference not only affects your treatment but can also determine what, if any, triggering factors you can eliminate from your daily life, helping YOU breathe better. An estimated 25.9 million people suffer from asthma in the United States, and despite prevailing stereotypes, they’re not all coughing and wheezing. In fact, you or someone you know may be suffering from some form of asthma and not realize they have it at all. If you do have asthma, do you know what type of asthma you have?
Knowing the difference in types not only affects your treatment but can also determine what, if any, triggering factors you can eliminate from your daily life, helping you or your loved one breathe a little easier. Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the constriction or narrowing of the airways. The effects of asthma can eb temporary, but if severe enough, can call for emergency treatment to restore normal breathing. Asthma is commonly the result of something that has been inhaled. There are two main categories that “Asthma” can be divided into: Allergic Asthma, and Non-Allergic Asthma.
Allergic Asthma (Extrinsic Asthma) occurs when asthma symptoms are triggered by an allergic reaction. An airway obstruction that is partially reversible with medication and is always associated with an allergy. This is the most common form of asthma, affecting more than half of all asthma sufferers.
Non-Allergic Asthma (Intrinsic Asthma) is the airway obstruction that is not caused by an allergic reaction. This type of asthma is caused by things like anxiety, stress, exercise, cold air, smoke viruses or other irritants.
Many of the symptoms of allergic and non-allergic asthma are the same (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, and chest tightness), and causes the same two secondary symptoms: irritated bronchi and airflow obstruction. The airway branches leading to the lungs, bronchi, get overly reactive and very sensitive, which causes the lungs to be inefficient when moving air in and out.
If you are experiencing any of these asthma symptoms and aren’t sure where to turn, let BreatheAmerica help. We know that symptoms affect the entire airway, which is why we don’t just focus on one part for controlling your asthma and allergy symptoms. With three convenient locations in El Paso, Albuquerque, and Shreveport, we can help you breathe a little easier. Call to schedule your appointment today.