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Asthma: Don’t give up on exercise!

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Nearly 70% of people with asthma have symptoms triggered by exercise.   This doesn’t mean don’t exercise!  There are several ways to overcome exercise-induced asthma to allow for full participation.

Tips to prevent or control exercise-induced bronchospasm (asthma):

  • Perform a 5-minute warm-up by stretching or jogging.
  • Use a quick acting bronchodilator inhaler 15 minutes before exercise.
  • Slow or stop if your asthma flares up.
  • When you’re finished, stretch or just slow down.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise when you have a cold.
  • At school, discuss asthma signs and treatment with your teacher or coach.
  • In cold weather, bundle up. Breathe in through your nose, not your mouth. This warms up the air before it gets into your lungs.  Consider wearing a mask or scarf.
  • Exercise inside if the air outside is very hot, extremely cold, polluted, or full of pollen.
  • Drink water before, during, and after exercise.

Don’t give up on exercise!

  • If your asthma is still uncontrolled, talk to your physician since you may have persistent asthma that requires further evaluation and treatment.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 

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