How to Treat Asthma, According to a Respiratory Therapist

First, the bleak news: As it stands right now in today's world of science, asthma doesn't have a cure. But there are several steps you can take to minimize symptoms, or better, practically eliminate them. The first and most important step to take is to work with your physician or respiratory therapist to figure out a treatment plan. In some cases, you may have another condition that's exacerbating your asthma symptoms that needs to be treated first. Thankfully, though, not every remedy requires a prescription or a credit card swipe. You just need to be clued into which type of asthma you have to know which methods to utilize.

According to respiratory therapist Mike Matson, there are two types of asthma (intrinsic and extrinsic) and a subset of these types (chronic or acute). Intrinsic asthma is a type of asthma that's caused by factors other than allergies. It's triggered by things like bacteria or viruses, or even physical symptoms like stress, anxiety, or heavy crying.

The different forms of asthma that fall under the intrinsic umbrella include exercise-induced asthma, obese asthma, and occupational asthma (wherein substances found in the workplace cause the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow).

In contrast, extrinsic asthma is brought on by allergens like pollen and horse hair. Now that you know the different types and have perhaps scheduled a doctor's appointment, let's take a look at your treatment options below.

Do you have asthma? What have you find helps you? Please tell us in the comments!