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Exercise Induced Asthma | What is Exercise Induced Asthma 

Doctors once assumed that exercise induced asthma was an entirely different condition than allergy asthma, with completely separate causes. 

Recent asthma research has made them take another look at that assumption, and reconsider.

Exercise induced asthma consists of a cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath during or after physical exertion.

Becoming short of breath is most often brought on by inflamed lung and bronchial tissues, which can be caused by an allergic reaction, or by irritation of bronchial or lung tissues. 

The irritation or allergic reaction can cause spasms of the muscles surrounding bronchial tubes, thus making it even more difficult to breathe.

Physical activity and exercise can trigger asthma symptoms even if people who have never shown asthma systems before.  This could be in part caused by a change in breathing patterns, or because those afflicted with exercise induced asthma are more sensitive to the change in air temperature. 

During physical exertion we commonly breathe through our mouth not allowing the air to warm before it reaches our lungs.  This can trigger exercise induced asthma symptoms, as cool, dry air can irritate the bronchial tubes and lungs.

There are several precautions those affected by exercise induced asthma can take in order to reduce the risk of having an asthma attack. 

Some of those things are as follows:

1.  Be sure to use your bronchodilator inhaler about 15 minutes before you begin to exercise.  This will help relax the muscles surrounding your bronchial tubes in order to prevent them from having spasms from the change in breathing patterns.

2.  Be sure to warm up well before participating in any physical activity.  When you prepare your body for a change in breathing, you can help prevent an asthma attack.  Taking a cool down period proceeding exercise can also be helpful.

3.  If the weather is rather cold, avoid exercising outdoors.  If you must exercise outdoors in the cold, wear a scarf or face mask over your mouth and nose.  This will help prevent inhaling cold air which can cause muscle spasms in your bronchial muscles.

4.  If pollen counts are up, avoid exercising outdoors at all.  Changes in breathing patterns, caused by exercise, can cause your lungs to be overloaded with allergens and pollen, making the risk high of an asthma attack.

If you suffer from exercise or allergy induced asthma, you should take extra precautions to prevent an asthma attack. 

Exercise induced asthma does not mean you have to end participating in physical activities. With good planning and preventative asthma medication, you can still participate in exercise and sports quite safely.

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