Exercise-Induced Asthma - Tips and Treatment

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Are There Some Tips to Prevent and Treat Exercise-Induced Asthma?

  • Always use your pre-exercise inhaled medicines before beginning exercise.


  • Perform warm-up exercises and maintain an appropriate cool down period after exercise.


  • If the weather is cold, exercise indoors or wear a mask or scarf over your nose and mouth.


  • Avoid exercising outdoors when pollen counts are high (if you have allergies), and also avoid exercising outdoors when there is high air pollution.


  • Restrict exercise when you have a viral infection.


  • Exercise at a level that is appropriate for you.

Again, asthma should not be used as an excuse to avoid exercise. With proper diagnosis and treatment of asthma, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of an exercise program without experiencing asthma symptoms.

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Allergic Conditions: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)." American Lung Association: "Search LungUSA."

Reviewed by Jonathan L. Gelfand, MD, on July 20, 2008

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