The preferred term to describe exercise-induced asthma is exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. While exercise causes the narrowing of the airways (bronchoconstriction), it’s just one of many triggers that can induce an asthma attack in those afflicted with the ailment. Allergies and infection are other common causes.
But asthma should not be a reason to quit exercising or playing sports. With preventative actions and proper medications, asthmatics can live healthy, fitness-filled lives.
Symptoms of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
Indications you may have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction include:
Diseases other than asthma or bronchoconstriction can cause these symptoms, so proper diagnosis by a physician is important.
Factors contributing to symptoms:
Strenuous exercise can cause inflammation and mucus in the airways. But other factors can increase the risk of an attack and they point to some sports that may be more connected to asthma than others. Factors include:
Treating exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
Doctors often prescribe medications to take shortly before exercising as well as daily for long-term maintenance. Additionally, patients can reduce the risk of an attack following these steps:
Schedule an appointment with Lake Norman Pulmonary & Critical Care if you feel your symptoms may indicate exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. With a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, you’ll be back on the court, field, rink or track in no time.