6 types of asthma and how they’re treated
3. Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD)
This type is triggered by aspirin. Patients may have nasal polyps, rhinitis, sneezing and a runny nose, and a history of aspirin sensitivity. When they take aspirin, they develop sneezing and a stuffy nose, which leads to wheezing and difficulty breathing. “If this type of asthma is severe enough, we actually recommend aspirin desensitization. The body is desensitized with incremental doses of aspirin usually done in a hospital setting,” says Lee. Once people tolerate the full dose of aspirin they take a daily maintenance dose, which has been shown to help with polyps, allergies and asthma.