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Tips to remember: Exercise induced asthma

Exercise induced asthma (EIA) can be a scary disorder to live with. In asthma, inflammation occurs in the lungs that can make it diffucult to breath. This happens in sudden attacks that happens following exercise, as you are breathing harder through your mouth. This form of asthma can develop in childhood, but adult-onset asthma is also quite common, especially in women. It typically coincides with the development of other allergies, which can also trigger asthmatic responses. Here is a guide describing some important tips concerning exercise-induced asthma.

Symptoms of exercise induced asthma

Typically symptoms will occurr about five to ten minutes after aerobic exercise. These symptoms can include the following:

1. Wheezing or shortness of breath

2. Accelerated heart rate

3. Tightening of the chest

4. Coughing

Aggravators of exercise induced asthma

– Allergens

– Cold and dry weather

– Pollutants in the air

– Respiratory infections

Once you learn which things can aggravate your asthma, you can learn to avoid them.

Treatment of exercise induced asthma

The following treatments can be used either prior to exercise as a pre-treatment, or after a flare-up to relieve the symptoms:

1. Short-acting inhaled bronchodilator

2. Long term beta-2 agonists

3. Corticosteroid inhaler

4. Mast cell stabilizers

5. Leukotriene modifiers

Final tips to remember

– Be sure to take short rests during exercise.

– Be sure to properly warm-up before exercise, and fully cool-down afterwards.

– Don’t exercise when you have a respiritory infection, or if the weather is very cold and dry. Also avoid exercising when the pollen levels are high as allergies can aggravate the problem.

– Learn to breathe with your nose while you are exercises to reduce the amount of heavy breathing to your lungs

– Always carry your inhaler with you in case of emergency

If you are an athlete who recently developed exercise induced asthma, it may seem horrifying. You will need to learn to understand what your body is feeling, and how to prevent and treat responses to exercise. You will eventually learn to know exactly when your body starts to feel the first asthma symptoms, so that you can adjust your workout levels accordingly. With the appropriate treatments, you can live a normal life and enjoy normal physical activities despite having exercise induced asthma.

Good luck dealing with your exercise induced asthma!