What are the different types of asthma?

Asthma... Asthma is actually one disease with many triggers. For example, for some asthmatics, exercise triggers their asthma to exacerbate and this is labeled exercise-induced asthma. Some patients are triggered by allergens while others are triggered by upper respiratory infections. In all cases, the asthma is the same but the triggers are different.
Various types. Historically, asthma was classified as extrinsic (allergy triggers) or intrinsic (smoke, fumes, cold air). Also asthma can be classified by severity such as intermittent or persistent (mild, moderate or severe). Asthma can be occupational or work-related. Sometimes asthma is classified by predominant symptom such as cough-variant asthma.

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What different types of asthma exist and how many different types are there?

One. Asthma is a diagnosed made based on symptoms and objective findings on lung function tests and is pathologically defined as inflammation of the airway lining and constriction of the muscles in the airways in response to triggers such as allergens (pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold), chemicals, viruses, cold temperature, exercise, etc to name a few.. Read more...
Several classificati. There are several ways to classify asthma - based on symptom frequency & severity, control of symptoms while on therapy, associated conditions (atopic versus non-atopic), mechanisms (aspirin-sensitivity, exercise induced) and now more recently based on inflammatory cell types (eosinophilic versus neutrophilic) etc. Identification of precipitating factors & comorbid conditions also define it furthe. Read more...