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There exists several similarities between extrinsic and intrinsic asthma but in our discussion we will dwell on the few differences we have. The major one being extrinsic asthma is in other words known as the allergic asthma while intrinsic asthma is divided into exercise induced asthma and chemical induced asthma.
Extrinsic asthma is caused basically by allergens which involves the immune system that is the defense mechanism for the body reacting to simple harmless substances which include and not limited to pollen and thus the immune system generates antibodies affecting lungs and hampering the air passage. this type of asthma is common in children with symptoms of coughing wheezing and chest pains due to heaviness and pressure.
Intrinsic asthma on the other hand, is caused by unknown agents and thus making it hard to treat. This asthma is mostly caused by extremes of emotional feelings like crying and laughing or contact with chemicals such as cleaning agents cigarette smoke or chest infection or exercises. These agents act by stimulating the response of the nerves in the air passage.
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Jul 29th, 2015
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