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In what other ways does eosinophilic asthma differ from other forms of asthma?

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Eosinophilic asthma is caused by high numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils in the blood, tissues, and sputum. It�s not triggered by an allergic reaction to things like dust or pet dander. It affects the entire respiratory system, so you�ll likely get a lot of sinus infections. You may also get noncancerous growths in the nasal passages or sinuses called nasal polyps. The lining in your nose (mucous membrane) may get swollen and irritated.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Nasal polyps,” “COPD.”

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “What is an Eosinophil?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Asthma.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy: “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: a US perspective.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “Eosinophilic airway inflammation: role in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

American Lung Association: “When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on December 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Nasal polyps,” “COPD.”

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “What is an Eosinophil?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Asthma.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy: “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: a US perspective.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “Eosinophilic airway inflammation: role in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

American Lung Association: “When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on December 17, 2020

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