Not all Asthma is the Same!

Asthma Types

If you have asthma, your airways are chronically inflamed.1 When triggered by some internal or external factor, the airways become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways tighten. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs.1Everyone has different asthma triggers that cause inflammation in both large and small airways.2 What actually triggers asthma symptoms helps define the kind of asthma you or your child may have.

  • Allergic asthma – Allergic asthma occurs when the airway is obstructed or inflamed due to an allergy to such things as pets, dust or pollen. Allergic asthma is the most common form of asthma and can be moderately controlled with medication.3
  • Non-Allergic asthma – Non-allergic asthma occurs when the airway is blocked or inflamed due to other triggers including, but not limited to, stress, anxiety, smoke and viruses.3

Asthma is not one size fits all

The severity of asthma varies from person to person.4 While some people may experience occasional mild asthma symptoms that respond well to a "quick-relief" inhaler, others with more persistent asthma may need daily maintenance treatments to control their symptoms. Regardless of what triggers asthma or its severity, it’s important to remember that asthma inflammation is always present, whether you or your child are experiencing symptoms or not.4

References
  1. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Asthma Overview. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/asthma.aspx. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma in the U.S. Growing Every Year. May 2011. Available at: http://www.odc.gov/VitalSigns/Asthma/index.html. Accessed on September 11, 2012.
  3. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma Overview. Available at: http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=8&cont=5. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  4. National Heart Lung Blood Institute. So you Have Asthma. Available at: http://nhibl.nih.gov/health/public/lung/asthma/have_asthma.pdf. Accessed September 11, 2012.