Types of Asthma
If you frequently experience shortness of breath or you hear a whistling or wheezy sound in your chest when you breathe, you may have asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways making it difficult to breathe. But did you know there are several different types of Asthma?
- One in 13 people has asthma according to the CDC – Center for Disease Control
- 7.7% of adults and 8.4% of children have asthma and it has been increasing since 1980 in all sex, age and racial groups.
- It is more chronic in children than adults
- Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
Asthma Symptoms & Treatment
The most common symptoms are:
- Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
Go see an allergist if you think you have asthma and get specific treatment for your condition. If you have asthma questions or need to find an allergist go to acaai.org.
There are several types of Asthma and different things that trigger an asthmatic reaction. The more you can hone in on your type of asthma, the better you can be treated.
- Adult-Onset Asthma – all these years without it and now you show signs
- Allergic Asthma – triggered by allergens
- Exercise Induced Asthma (EIB – Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction)
- Asthma – COPD Overlap – both conditions need to be treated separately
- Occupational Asthma – triggered by something exposed to at work – fumes, dust ….
- Nonallergic Asthma – triggered by stress, irritants in the air, drugs, weather…
Check out the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology for more details of each type of asthma. That’s acaai.org.
Get Started With I.C.O.E. Bracelets
While asthma and allergies often go hand in hand, they are not interdependent. You may have asthma without allergies or allergies without asthma. Either way, you should wear a medical alert bracelet or an allergy bracelet that includes an asthma alert with your allergies. I.C.O.E. Bracelets would be happy to create your Asthma or Asthma & Allergy alert bracelet just for you. Each one comes with 1 or 2 emergency contact numbers and there’s room for an inhaler or EpiPen instructions.