In order to control asthma and receive the best possible treatment for it, it is necessary to identify the type of asthma a person has:
- Having allergies makes a person far more likely to have asthma. 80% of asthmatics have allergies and those with certain allergies are more likely to have asthma.
- Exercise induced asthma. As the term suggests this is the kind of asthma that is triggered by physical exercise or exertion. The symptoms of this kind of asthma (coughing and wheezing) may peak about 20 minutes after starting exercise. Sometimes those who don’t have asthma develop symptoms during exercise as well.
- Cough-variant asthma is characterized by a dry and unproductive cough. Infections or exercise can trigger this kind of asthma which is very often not properly diagnosed and therefore escapes treatment.
- Nighttime asthma. Asthma is highly influenced by the body’s circadian rhythms and attacks may be triggered during sleep.
- Occupational asthma is linked to professions such as animal breeding, farming, hairdressing, woodworking paining and nursing. Sufferers of this kind of asthma find that their triggers are mainly work related and manifest in symptoms such as a runny nose, congestion, shortness of breath, eye irritation and coughing.