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You may get asthma at any time in your life, but it is practically impossible to forecast whether you will get asthma if you do not already have it. The only exception is if you have a family history of asthma, which would make you more prone to the condition.
There are a couple of methods of differentiating the various types of asthma, but some of them are quite technical. The easiest ways to classify them for laymen are as atopic (extrinsic) or non-atopic (intrinsic):
Most of the different variations of asthma in the world fall into this category. It is caused by external factors such as allergy. Children are very susceptible to extrinsic asthma, because many children suffer from allergies until they become older and their immune system is suitably mature to cope with it.
Children with allergic eczema are particularly liable to extrinsic asthma. As the child grows older they frequently grow out of extrinsic asthma, although it can come back in later life, especially if the person is run-down or sick. There may also be other triggers too.
Intrinsic asthma is a strange kind of asthma which has a tendency to attack women in their late Twenties and early Thirties. It tends to be a recurring annual problem. Intrinsic asthma is not associated with allergies at the moment.
A GP will be able to tell you which sort of asthma you have after a few tests and observations, although it may take more time to discover what you are reacting to. The foremost culprits of allergic asthma are pets, pollen, dust mites and indoor bugs such as bed bugs and fleas.
Your doctor will be able to give you medicines for the immediate and short term relief of asthma. An inhaler or even two inhalers are ways of achieving immediate respite from an especially scary attack of breathlessness. In the long term, you will have to eradicate the cause of the irritation.
if you are unlucky, you will be reacting to pollen, but very often the allergen is in your house. If there is a smoker living with you, he or she will need to be banished to the garden or balcony to smoke a cigarette.
If you are reacting to your pet, you will either need to give it away, banish it to the kitchen or learn how to minimize its influence over you.
Have the pet groomed and bathed more frequently to eliminate loose hairs and dead skin. You could make the dog or cat wear a light housecoat to hold the debris down too. If the pet is bringing fleas r ticks in, you can easily treat these, but you ought to get a vacuum cleaner that is built to minimize allergens, ie very little dust escapes the cleaner.
Dust mites are the foremost cause. In fact, it is the dead skins and dried faeces of dust mites that causes the problem. They live in your bed and carpets. You could fit an anti-allergy mattress cover and pillow covers to reduce this problem. Your doctor will be able to offer you more advice..
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