Everything You Need To Know About Asthma, From Triggers To Treatments

Asthma Is Not A Single Disease

The American Lung Association claims that asthma is no longer considered a disease. Instead, asthma is a condition that is divided into different categories based on the triggers. Examples include nocturnal asthma, exercise-induced asthma, allergic asthma, and Aspirin-induced asthma.

A teenager coughs while a doctor measures her breathing through a stethoscope.
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Researchers also define the type of asthma based on how inflammation occurs. There is Eosinophilic asthma, which is when a type of white blood cell attacks triggers. Then there’s Neutrophilic asthma, when a different kind of white blood cell obstructs airflow. Patients can have both or neither.