Treating exercise-induced asthma

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /

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you better health. Generally when we’re looking for exercise-induced
bronchospasm, again, it’s the patients that come to us that usually are trying
a more moderate to heavy exercise or getting back into working out, maybe
they’ve been sedentary and they’re wanting to lose some weight as they get
older, and they start to develop characteristic symptoms again: the
coughing, the shortness of breath, the chest tightness after exercise, and
sometimes this actually makes them not want to exercise because they feel so
poorly. So I think, primarily, this disorder is well recognized amongst
primary care physicians, as well as us, and is easily treated. And so, in patients
that come in with those characteristic symptoms, we usually try treatment to see
if they get better and are able to continue the exercise and live their
life. So, the treatments for exercise-induced bronchospasm are
preventative, and then medication, so the preventative are very important.
It’s important to try to actually stay active because we know the more active
and in the shape you are, and the more you work out and keep your body
condition, this actually reduces the symptoms as you get better in shape. Also
trying to avoid working outside, working out outside, in the cold, dry air, so if
you have an option to go inside to a gym in the wintertime, that’s probably
recommended, or at least covering your mouth with a scarf or face piece that
warms the breath. Also there’s some evidence that if you warm up with some
low intensity exercise before you start the higher intensity, that can help
reduce the symptoms so those are preventative measures that everyone
should do. The medication part, this is usually well treated with an albuterol
inhaler, which is a short-acting rescue inhaler, and you use this ten minutes
before you go do that exercise and usually you will be able to perform the
exercise well and complete what you need to do with minimal symptoms
when you’re done.

2 thoughts on “Treating exercise-induced asthma

  1. I think the information is great! Been asthmatic for years and have heard all this same advice from my own doctor.

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