Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How Can You Conquer Exercise Induced Asthma?

The benefits of exercising outside are many.   Conquering a hill or moving against the wind can intensifies a workout.   Not only is the workout harder, but recent studies suggest that exercising outdoors over indoors boosts their mood and overall well being. The simple act of taking a walk outside increased participates self esteem, and energy while decreasing depression, anger and tension.
For many though, exercising outdoors and exercise in general is a potential trigger for asthma.  This is called exercise induced asthma.

Did you know?
  • About 12-15% of athletes  will have exercise induced asthma.
  • Allergic and non-allergic triggers of exercise induced asthma can trigger symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing.  
  • Persons with exercise induced asthma often don't have regular asthma and often only have symptoms during exercise.  

How Do You Know If You Have Exercise Induced Asthma?  
Ask yourself a few simple questions.  If you answer yes, then speak with your Allergist about being screened.  
  • Do you have cough, chest tightness or SOB associated only with exercise?
  • Does going outside on a cold day trigger a cough?
  • Are you sensitive to cold temperatures and dry air? 
  • Does air pollutants (tobacco smoke car pollution, and air quality issues) trigger symptoms?
How Are you Diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma?
  • See your allergist for a complete health history and testing.
  • Have a breathing test (Spirometry) done
  • A follow up test after exercise may be performed.
What Can You Do to Prevent Exercise Induced Asthma?
  • Warm up slowly to humidify the air in your lungs
  • Make sure you add a cool down period into your routine
  • Check pollen and air quality levels prior to heading out
  • Speak with your Allergist about setting up an individualized plan to prevent symptoms and keep you performing at your best!
Want more specific advice on exercise induced asthma with New York’s Top Allergist?  Visit our website http://www.gramercyallergy.com or click here to schedule an appointment online.

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