People with asthma can, should maintain active lifestyles, says Dr. Hebert.
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By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /


REPORTS OF INFECTION OR ILLNESS. SOME PEOPLE THINK SUFFERING FROM ASTHMA IS A GOOD EXCUSE TO LAY LOW. BUT AS WDSU MEDICAL EDITOR DR. COREY HEBERT TELLS US, THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM ASHTHMA CAN FIND A WAY AROUND IT. DR. COREY: I’M SORRY TO SAY IT , BUT HAVING ASTHMA DOES NOT GIVE YOU A LICENSE TO BECOME A COUCH POTATO. EVEN ASTHMATICS CAN AND SHOULD MAINTAIN AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE. ASTHMA IS A CHRONIC RESPIRATORY CONDITION IN WHICH THE AIRWAYS NARROW AND BREATHING BECOMES DIFFICULT. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE COUGHING, WHEEZING, AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH. PHYSICAL EXERTION CAN BE IN ASTHMA INDUCING TRIGGER. THE CHIEF ONE FOR 90% OF SUFFERERS. SO-CALLED EXERCISE-INDUCED ASTHMA IS BROUGHT ON BY COLD, DRIER. WHEN YOU ARE WET, THE AIR YOU BRING INTO YOUR NOSE IS WARM AND FILTERED ON ITS WAY TO THE LUNGS. DURING EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, YOU DRAW BREATH FASTER THROUGH YOUR MOUTH. THIS BRINGS COOL AIR TO YOUR LUNGS QUICKLY. EVEN IN NON-ASTHMA SUFFERERS, THIS COST HARSHER AIR’S ALONG THE AIRWAY TO TITAN. FOR ASTHMA SUFFERERS, IF YOU MINUTES OF THIS TIGHTENING MOTION IS ENOUGH TO PROMPT A FULL ON ATTACK. THE BRONCHI INFLAMED AND PRODUCE EXCESS MUCUS, NARROWING AIRWAYS FURTHER AND INDUCING COUGHING AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WITH PROPER ASTHMA TREATING YOU CAN EXERCISE TO YOUR FULL POTENTIAL. THERE ARE FEW RULES TO FOLLOW TO KEEP SAKE. AVOID PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON DAYS WHEN YOU’RE NOT FEELING WELL OR IF YOU ALREADY EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS. USE AND ALSO LIMIT EXERCISE ON DAYS WHEN THE AIR QUALITY IS POOR. WATCH YOUR LOCAL WEATHER CHANNEL AND CHECK THE AIR QUALITY INDEX TO GAUGE HOW BAD THE POLLUTION AND POLLEN LEVELS ARE FOR THE DAY. IF YOU DECIDE IT IS A GOOD DAY TO EXERCISE, BEGIN WITH A SLOW AND THOROUGH WARM-UP AND END YOUR DAY BY STRETCHING. EASING INTO AND OUT OF EXERCISING HELPS THE BODY ADJUST TO DIFFERENT STYLES OF BREATHING REQUIRED. WHILE EXERCISING, DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS. HYDRATING HELPS WITH DRY AIR. TAKE YOUR ASTHMA MEDICATION BEFORE EXERCISING AND KEEP YOUR INHALER AT HIM. SHOULD YOU HAVE AN INDUCED ASTHMA ATTACK, STOP IMMEDIATELY AND USE YOUR INHALER. AFTER FIVE MINUTES OR SO AND YOUR SYMPTOMS HAVE STOPPED, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO RESUME YOUR EXERCISE. IF YOU HAVE A SECOND ATTACK, COLIN QUINN’S FOR THE DAY AND THEN CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. LEARNING TO MANAGE YOUR EXERCISE-INDUCED ASTHMA IS KEY TO YOUR OVERALL PHYSICAL HEALTH AND THAT ACTIVITY CAN MAKE YOU FEEL WORSE, BUT TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU BEGIN ANY EXERCISE


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