Cough, shortness of breath, tightness in
the chest, and poor performance occurring five to
twenty minutes after strenuous exercise could be signs and symptoms that your
child has exercise-induced asthma. Exercise-induced asthma happens when the
bronchial tubes undergo constriction and inflammation.
This can happen in about 10 percent athletes. Up to fifty percent of patients with
allergies and in patients with known asthma ninety percent of the time, exercise can
be a trigger for asthma symptoms. If your child experiences these signs
and symptoms after activity, shortness of breath, tightness in the
chest, coughing or wheezing minutes into aerobic activity. These are common in running sports like
cross country, soccer, and basketball. They might have exercise-induced asthma.
Exercise-induced asthma should never limit your child’s activities. At Summa, we use a team approach to make the
diagnosis involving the athlete parents coaches and certified athletic
trainers to give you the best outcome. Treatments can include preventative
measures by covering your mouth and nose during
cold air exercises, proper warmup 15 minutes before your
event, cool-down exercises, and avoiding air
pollutants and allergens. Medications can also be
used to improve the symptoms.