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Asthma

 
 
 

  Asthma is a disease of the lungs in which the airways become blocked or narrowed causing breathing difficulty.
  This chronic disease affects 20 million Americans. Asthma is commonly divided into two types: allergic (extrinsic)
  asthma and non-allergic (intrinsic) asthma. There is still much research that needs to be done to fully understand
  how to prevent, treat and cure asthma. But, with proper management, people can live healthy and active lives.

  ALLERGIC ASTHMA
  Allergic (extrinsic) asthma is characterized by symptoms that are triggered by an allergic reaction. Allergic asthma
  is airway obstruction and inflammation that is partially reversible with medication. Allergic asthma is the most
  common form of asthma, affecting over 50% of the 20 million asthma sufferers. Many of the symptoms of allergic
  and non-allergic asthma are the same (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, and chest
  tightness). However, allergic asthma is triggered by inhaled allergens such as dust mite allergen, pet dander,  
  pollen, mold, etc. resulting in asthma symptoms.

  NON-ALLERGIC ASTHMA
  Non-Allergic (intrinsic) asthma is triggered by factors not related to allergies. Like allergic asthma, non-allergic
  asthma is characterized by airway obstruction and inflammation that is at least partially reversible with medication,
  however symptoms in this type of asthma are NOT associated with an allergic reaction. Many of the symptoms of
  allergic and non-allergic asthma are the same (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing, and
  chest tightness), but non-allergic asthma is triggered by other factors such as anxiety, stress, exercise, cold air, dry
  air, hyperventilation, smoke, viruses or other irritants. In non-allergic asthma, the immune system is not involved in
  the reaction.

  Asthma & Acid Reflux: Up to 75 percent of people with asthma suffer from GERD.
 

 
 
 

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