Intrinsic And Extrinsic Asthma Types Explained

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There is mainly two types of asthma – extrinsic and intrinsic

Extrinsic Asthma

Most asthma sufferers have the extrinsic type of asthma. This type is mainly caused or triggered by allergens. This is what happens, when we inhale an allergen like pollen, animal dander or dust particles our immune system reacts to this allergen by engaging its defense mechanism by producing antibodies and other chemicals designed for the defense of the body. The body immune system would identify these foreign substances as intruders hence start such a defense. Well, though these are intruders they are harmless! And it is the production of these antibodies to fight harmless allergens that ultimately causes asthmatic reactions. So extrinsic asthma is caused by this type of immune system response to inhaled allergens.

However, the term extrinsic is now outdated and replaced with allergic asthma. So one can say extrinsic asthma is caused by allergies and the other type of asthma, discussed below, is caused by anything other than allergies. Some people may prefer to use the term trigger instead of cause, but the discussion here is to give the sense of how asthma attack or condition comes about.

Intrinsic Asthma

Intrinsic asthma is the type that is not caused by allergies and therefore there is no antibodies produced. Intrinsic asthma attacks are normally associated with inhalation of chemicals such as cigarette smoke or cleaning agents, taking aspirin, chest infection, stress, laughter, exercise, cold air, food preservatives or a myriad of other factors.

In fact this type of asthma is further categorized into categories such as exercise-induced, chemical induced, etc. Intrinsic is also an outdated word and any asthma of this type is categorized as above.

You need to consult a doctor to determine if you have intrinsic asthma. The doctor will try to look and check at the patient’s medical history, especially that of the respiratory tract infections.

Doctors also try to classify or categorize the disease’s intensity. Some patients have moderate attacks while others have severe asthma attacks. Almost 30% of asthma patients have mild attacks. In the western societies, air quality is decreasing and so asthma is quite prevalent.

According to many scientists, asthma has something to do with the genetic makeup of the individual. For instance, if your parents and siblings have asthma, you”re at risk of developing the disease as well. So if you have a history of asthma in your family, you must prevent this condition from occurring. There are lots of preventive measures to avoid the attacks. Try to gather as much information about asthma so that you can be well-informed. If you know a lot about asthma, you can effectively prevent it from developing.

For asthma patients, the doctor can give you relievers but this can only provide short-term speedy relief. It prevents the attacks from becoming worse. Some doctors prescribe medications for asthma especially if the attacks are allergy-induced. By taking the medications, the immune system and the body will not react to the allergens.

Now that you know the two types of asthma, which type do you belong to? Keep in mind that only a doctor can properly diagnose your condition. Even if you find a lot of information about asthma, you should still rely on the doctor’s findings. Several tests are conducted to diagnose the condition properly. If you”re experiencing asthma-like symptoms, visit the doctor immediately. That way, you can treat asthma right away and the doctor will also give you treatment options which you can afford.

Talk to your doctor about the asthma symptoms you’re experiencing. Don’t wait until you have a severe asthma attack. You must do this especially if you”re at risk of developing the disease.

So why wait until things get out of hand? Many people die because of asthma every year. You can prevent this disease and/or you can effectively manage and control such condition. Don’t hesitate to call your doctor next time you experience asthma symptoms. Health conditions are addressed effectively when identified and treated early.

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