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2 Types of Asthma You Need to Know About

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Written by Nancy

Everyone knows someone with asthma – a family member, a friend, or just a colleague. Asthma causes difficulties in breathing due to the airways swelling up and narrowing, thereby restricting airflow.

There are few types of asthma, ranked by how frequent and severe the symptoms are. They can be mild, needing little medical attention, or severe, resulting in a visit to the hospital.

Let’s discuss the two most common types of asthma, their symptoms, and their treatment.

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Mild Intermittent

As the name suggests, the symptoms and attacks are mild. The symptoms can occur a couple of days a week. Generally, this type of asthma is exercise-induced and can get in the way of any exerting activities like running and climbing up a flight of stairs.

Symptoms of Mild intermittent Asthma

  • Swollen airways
  • Coughing
  • Whistling and wheezing
  • A build-up of extra mucus in the airways


A rescue inhaler is a must for anyone suffering from this type to treat any potential asthma attacks. With due care, the frequency of the symptoms should be occasional. However, your prescription must account for the severity, frequency, and what causes your attacks, and any allergies.

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Mild Persistent Asthma

The symptoms of this type are also mild, but these attacks are more frequent than mild intermittent asthma. However, in this type of asthma, the symptoms can occur no more than once a day.


The symptoms for this type are mostly the same as mild intermittent asthma, just more frequent.

  • Swollen airways
  • Coughing
  • Whistling and wheezing
  • A build-up of extra mucus in the airways
  • Pain and tightness in the chest


This type and level of asthma may require your virtual doctor to prescribe you everyday use of low-dose corticosteroids. Lastly, you may also get an allergy prescription to deal with any allergy-triggered attacks and the rescue inhaler.

A dose of oral corticosteroids may be needed if the patient is over five years of age.

The People More Likely To Have Mild Interment And Mild Persistent Asthma

Mild asthma is the most common type of asthma in the US. And since the symptoms are so mild, the condition often goes untreated when it initially occurs.

Attack inducing factors for these types of asthma:

  • Smoking and secondhand smoke
  • Family history
  • Allergies
  • Obesity
  • Fumes or pollution
  • Industrial chemicals

You’ll need to make a constant effort to manage your asthma. Make an action plan for your asthma with the help of your online doctor. A doctor can educate you on managing your asthma and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

At TelMDCare, we do just that. If you or your loved ones have asthma, we can help set up an asthma plan for you and guide you to maintain a lifestyle to keep a better check on it.

Make a doctor’s appointment online today for a Telehealth check-up for asthma.

About the author


I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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