6 types of asthma and how they’re treated
2. Asthma without allergies
People may also have asthma not triggered by allergies. Usually an upper respiratory infection (cold, flu, and rhinovirus) sets off their asthma. As soon as cold or flu symptoms appear patients are typically prescribed a short course of inhaled corticosteroids for 10-14 days.
Pescatore has patients eliminate known allergies, any food sensitivities and eat a clean diet of low glycemic index protein, fruits, vegetables and nuts to see if this makes a difference. “Anybody who has asthma has an inflammatory condition,” says Pescatore. “If you decrease inflammation in the body, you decrease your body’s need to ‘act out’ so to speak. When there is less inflammation around there is less need for your bronchials to constrict and your mast cells to activate and all of the things that occur during an asthma attack.”