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What are the different types of asthma?

Some types of asthma are:

  • intermittent asthma
  • persistent asthma
  • exercise-induced asthma

Allergies, smoking, exercise and respiratory infections are among the causes of asthma.

There are two kinds of asthma—allergic and nonallergic. Both types cause the same asthma symptoms—like wheezing, shortness of breath and mucus production. But allergic and nonallergic asthma have different triggers, and the treatments for each can be different. So it's important to identify which kind of asthma you have; it's the first step toward getting better control over your condition.

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Asthma can be categorized several different ways. One way to describe the types of asthma is based on the underlying causes, which include allergic, cough variant, occupational, nocturnal, medication-induced and exercise-induced asthma. Another way to describe asthma is based on the severity of symptoms and includes mild intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent or severe persistent. The type of asthma is important because it effects the treatment options available.

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