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what exactly is the difference between asthma and allergy asthma.

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Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi

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Posted on Fri, 4 Jan 2019 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: what exactly is the difference between asthma and allergy asthma. My husband has allergy asthma and it is like living with someone who has a severe chest cold and cough, EVERY SINGLE DAY. He has an asthma group of doctors that he has been seeing for about 13 years. he uses inhalers, takes meds, like prednisone 10mg, and for years was on xolair shots. Now he just got approved for Fesenra for eosenophiic asthma. I have never heard of that . What is the difference but more importantly, will that stop all the mucous. That is the real problem. I don't know how he can stand it.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Difference between asthma and allergic asthma explained below in details.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I understand your concern.

Allergy is more related to the reaction of our immune system.

Asthma is a lung disease which can be related to allergy, but also many other factors such as stress, medication, smoke, and infections of the airway.

The symptoms can be the same but the treatment is different.

The symptoms of your husband seem to be related to an allergic asthma.

The symptoms in this case appear after breathing in the allergens.

The treatment usually consists in antihistamines and corticosteroids.

Fesenra is a specific medication to treat the eosinophilic asthma.


To treat the mucus I would recommend a mucolitic.

There are many other mucolitics such as Guaifenesin or counter (Mucinex).

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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