What Is Non-Allergic Asthma?

Question: What is non-allergic asthma?

Answer: As you might guess, non-allergic asthma is asthma in someone who doesn't have allergies. And we can know this is in several ways. Allergies are things like allergic rhinitis or hay fever, and there are people who clearly do not have any of the different ways that allergies present.

There's also testing, and one approach is to use what's called a skin print test where many different allergens or substances that cause allergic reactions are given to the patient and we look for reactions to these tests. There's also blood tests which can measure specific compounds in the blood that show that the person has been exposed to this and developed a reaction to it, and can assist in describing whether or not the person has the potential for allergies.

So there's different ways to look at this, but there are clearly a subset of people with asthma who'd have negative blood tests, negative skin print tests, and no symptoms or signs consistent with an allergy. And this subset is referred to as non-allergic asthma.

null

Next: Can Asthma And Allergies Develop When You Are An Adult?

Previous: If Someone Has A Lot Of Allergies, Does It Mean That Person Has Asthma Too?

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4864860. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4864860. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 4864860.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Cartoons Come to Life
troqman/Instagram
PHOTO:National Intelligence Director James Clapper
J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Baby Sister Baboons Play Peekaboo
ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
PHOTO: Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images