Good Health: Swimming for asthma
01
September

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


SITUATION FOR YOU.>>Devin: VERY LUCKY AT THAT TIME OF DAY.>>>MORE THAN 6 MILLION KIDS IN THE U.S. HAVE ASTHMA.>>Kim: AND THAT CAN MAKE STAYING ACTIVE A LITTLE BIT OF A CHALLENGE. DR. McGEORGE IS HERE WITH AN ACTIVITY THAT CAN EASE THEIR SYMPTOMS.>>Dr. McGeorge: FIERCE AN ASTHMA ATTACK, CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS TEND TO SHY AWAY FROM EXERCISE. THEY’RE ENCOURAGING MORE FAMILIES TO TAKE THE PLUNGE! 11-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN JACKSON SUFFERS FROM SEVERE ASTHMA, SO EXERCISE HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN EASY AND HAS TRIGGERED A SERIOUS ATTACK.>>WHEN IT STARTS TO FLARE UP, LIKE NIGH SHOULDERS GO UP AND EVERYTHING IS BLACKING OUT BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE I’M GONNA FAINT.>>Dr. McGeorge: RERELIES ON DAILY MEDICATION AND STRUGGLED TO FIND SAFE WAYS TO STAY FIT UNTIL HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE POOL.>>IF YOU WANT A SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION, SWIMMING TENDS TO BE A GREAT ONE.>>Dr. McGeorge: THE HUMID AIR OF AN INDOOR POOL KEEPS THE AIRWAYS OPEN. THE COLD AIR CAN HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT.>>THE DRY AIR STARTS A CASCADE EFFECT THAT CLOSES DOWN THE AIRWAY.>>Dr. McGeorge: SWIMMING CAN HELP STRENGTHEN LUNG FUNCTION AND TRANSITION TO OTHER SPORTS.>>WHEN YOU GET THEM IN THE POOL WITH THE WARM AIR AND TEACH THEM HOW TO REGULATE THEIR BREATHING, THEY CAN DO MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAN THEY WOULD OTHERWISE.>>Dr. McGeorge: IT HAS LED TO VAST IMPROVEMENTS IN HIS LUNGS.>>IT FEELS LIKE IT STRENGTHENS THEM, AND IT’S REALLY FUN.>>Dr. McGeorge: WHILE THE RISKS MAY BE LOWER, IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THEIR INHALER ON THE POOL DECK. AND CHEMICALS CAN TRIGGER SYMPTOMS IN SOME PEOPLE, YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE IT’S WELL MAINTAINED AND N STRONG SMELL OF CHLORINE.


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