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The common types of asthma are as follows:
Allergic (or atopic) asthma is asthma triggered by allergens like pollen, pets and dust mites. About 80% of people with allergic asthma have a related condition like hay fever, eczema or food allergies. If you have allergic asthma, your doctor will likely prescribe a preventer inhaler to take every day and a reliever inhaler to use when you have asthma symptoms. It is also important to avoid your asthma triggers as much as possible.
Some people have asthma that only flares up at certain times of the year, such as during hay fever season or cold. While asthma is always a long-term condition, it is possible to be symptom-free when your triggers are not around. You might only need to take asthma medicines during the season when your asthma bothers you most, and for a short time afterwards.
Some people without a diagnosis of asthma get asthma-like symptoms triggered only by exercise. This is often called ‘exercise-induced asthma’, but a better term is ‘exercise-induced bronchoconstriction’ (EIB). This is because the tightening and narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction) are not caused by having asthma.
Non-allergic asthma, or non-atopic asthma, is a type of asthma that is not related to an allergy trigger like pollen or dust, and is less common than allergic asthma. The causes are not well understood, but it often develops later in life, and can be more severe.
Occupational asthma is usually a type of allergic asthma. If you work in a bakery, you might be allergic to flour dust, or if you work in healthcare, the dust from latex gloves could trigger symptoms.
Asthma affects around 1.1 million children in the UK. Some children diagnosed with asthma find it improves or disappears altogether as they get older. This is known as childhood asthma. Bear in mind, though, that it can return later in life, especially if it is moderate or severe rather than mild.