Friday, August 9, 2013

Exercise Induced Asthma

The weather in NYC these past few days has been beautiful! It's such a treat to go outside in August and not melt.  I'm seeing more and more New Yorkers outside running, rollerblading and biking and just enjoying the sunshine and late days.

Every now and then, I'll see someone start coughing while they are exercising or reach for their inhaler.  I wonder, do they have exercise induced asthma?

What Causes Exercise Induced Asthma?
  • As we breathe air through our noses, water is added so when it enters our lungs it humidified.
  • When we exercise, we use our mouth to breath and water isn't added to the breathe.
  • Some people (those with exercise induced asthma) are more sensitive to this "dry " air
  • The dry air causes the muscles in the lungs to contract making the air ways smaller.
  • This contraction and narrowing causes exercise induced asthma

What are signs of Exercise Induced Asthma?
  • Cough
  • Increased fatigue
  • Chest Tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
All of these symptoms would occur with exercise

Should I Avoid Exercise if I have Exercise Induced Asthma?
  • No!
  • Speak with your doctor or asthma specialist if you suspect you have exercise induced asthma
  • They'll put together a specific plan to help keep you moving and enjoying the summer days.
Want to Learn more about Exercise Induced Asthma?

Feel free to email me jcollins@gramercyallergy.com , book an appointment on line or give the office a ring at 212-679-3574.  We can put together a specific plan tailored your needs.


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