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Non-Allergic Asthma Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Although allergic asthma is the most common type of the disease, about 40% of sufferers have nonallergic asthma. Nonallergic asthma treatment requires a specialized treatment approach, and Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. offers exactly that at its offices in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona. Led by dedicated physicians Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, the team diagnoses and manages your asthma so you can breathe comfortably again. Call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool.

Non-Allergic Asthma Q & A

What is nonallergic asthma?

Nonallergic asthma is the form of asthma caused by triggers other than allergens. This form of asthma is sometimes called intrinsic asthma, while allergic asthma is also known as extrinsic asthma. 

What are the symptoms of nonallergic asthma?

The symptoms of nonallergic asthma typically include:

  • Struggling to breathe
  • Chest constriction
  • Chest or lung pain
  • Whistling noise when you breathe in
  • Coughing

Nonallergic asthma symptoms can come on suddenly and intensely, which is known as an asthma attack. 

What triggers nonallergic asthma?

Nonallergic asthma triggers commonly include:

  • Hot or cold weather
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Stress
  • Respiratory viruses
  • Airborne irritants 
  • Certain drugs 
  • Certain food additives

Because allergic and nonallergic asthma have the same symptoms, and the triggers may even seem similar in some cases, it’s easy to get the two forms of the disease mixed up. The difference is how the body responds to the trigger. Not all reactions are allergic reactions.

How do you treat nonallergic asthma?

Nonallergic asthma treatment at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. begins with a full exam and diagnostic testing. Your doctor may perform breathing tests, chest X-rays, blood tests, and other tests to rule out allergies and verify nonallergic asthma. 

Your treatment may include managing your asthma attacks with an inhaler called a long-acting bronchodilator. You typically use this inhaler twice a day to prevent attacks, but it doesn’t take effect immediately during an asthma attack. For that, you need a rescue inhaler.

A rescue inhaler is also called a short-acting bronchodilator. You use a rescue inhaler at the time of an asthma attack to quickly open your lungs and allow you to breathe. Some asthma patients may take oral medications, such as corticosteroids, on a short-term basis. 

The team may also have specific recommendations to help you control your asthma triggers. This may include being extra careful about avoiding smoke, altering your exercise program, changing medications, and managing your stress. 

If you’re still having severe, uncontrolled asthma attacks after trying conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend bronchial thermoplasty. In this procedure, they use a specialized heating device to reduce the muscle that's constricting your airways. 

Click the online scheduler or call the Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. office nearest you for nonallergic asthma help.