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Asthma , difficulty breathing during exercise

Updated on April 9, 2016


If coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath felt during and after exercise, as the symptoms can be caused by exertion. May exercise induced asthma, such as asthma caused by other things, exercise induced asthma symptoms when the airways spasm and produce more mucus.

If exercise induced asthma, also called exercise induced bronchospasm, exercise may be the only thing causing the symptoms, or exercise may be just one of a few things cause asthma. But exercise induced asthma does not mean not to exercise. Treatment and appropriate precautions can keep functioning properly.


It is unclear exactly what causes shortness of breath during exercise, and why some people have and others do not. Sensitive individuals, the symptoms can be triggered by drying or cooling in the breathing airways strong.

Factors that can trigger or worsen asthma during exercise include:


Dry air.

Air pollution such as smoke or fumes.


There are respiratory infections such as colds.

Chemicals such as chlorine, paints, fertilizers or herbicides.

Be avoided especially during exercise caused asthma, the operation is more likely to cause symptoms of difficulty breathing. For example, aerobic exercise, such as running or playing basketball, hockey, or soccer, is more likely to cause symptoms than weightlifting, golf or walking a moderate pace. Likewise, exercising in cold weather can increase asthma symptoms because breathing in cold air and dry.

But do not let that stop him. With proper treatment, can make the high-intensity aerobic activity and exercise in cold weather without asthma symptoms.


There is no way to avoid exercise induced asthma. But can take steps to keep the symptoms under control:

Warm 15 minutes before strenuous exercise.

Do best to avoid colds and respiratory infections. Do not do strenuous exercise when cold.

Choose a moist environment to exercise, such as road beside a lake or a gym with an indoor pool.

Avoid allergens during exercise if it aggravates the symptoms. Such as air pollution, pollen or pet dander.

Learn to breathe through the nose to warm the air before it enters the lungs.

Keep your nose and mouth with a mask during exercise in cold weather.

Do not avoid exercise because of asthma. Good workout can reduce asthma symptoms for a long time.


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