Slideshow: The 5 Types of Asthma and Their Common Triggers


While many people may be unaware of the different types of asthma, there are 5 ways individuals can experience the condition, with common triggers that heighten symptoms.

In the US, 7.7% of the population has been diagnosed with asthma. This accounts for 24.9 million people: 20.2 million adults and 4.6 million children. The disease presents with different levels of severity and is also classified into 5 different types: adult-onset asthma, exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), occupational asthma, allergic asthma, and non-allergic asthma.1

Although most Americans with asthma are aware of their condition, the type of asthma they have and what triggers it may often be unknown. With the help of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, read on to understand the 5 different types of asthma and how they are triggered.

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1. Are all types of asthma the same? Not by a long shot. ACAAI. April 16, 2024. Accessed May 6, 2024.
2. Adult-onset asthma. ACAAI. Accessed May 6, 2024.
3. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). ACAAI. Accessed May 6, 2024.
4. Roio LCD, Mizutani RF, Pinto RC, Terra-Filho M, Santos UP. Work-related asthma. J Bras Pneumol. 2021;47(4):e20200577. August 11, 2021. doi:10.36416/1806-3756/e20200577
5. Allergic asthma. ACAAI. Accessed May 6, 2024.
6. Non-allergic asthma. ACAAI. Accessed May 6, 2024.
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