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Exercise Induced Asthma
Exercise Induced Bronchospasm
Exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) or exercise-induced asthma (EIA) occurs when the lungs’ airways narrow as a result of physical exertion. Chronic asthma sufferers are at an increased risk for EIA, however otherwise healthy individuals may also have the condition. Most experience EIA flare-ups when exercising.
Symptoms of EIA include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Chest pain
- Difficulty getting enough air
Symptoms usually occur 5 to 20 minutes after exercise. While some health issues may be avoiding by simply eliminating exposure to triggers, exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. An immunologist can assist you relief of EIA symptoms so that you can continue to be active.
What triggers Exercise-Induced Asthma?
While exercise is, as the name implies, the main trigger of EIA, other conditions which may worsen symptoms include dry air and low temperatures. Breathing through the mouth may also worsen the condition. One simple measure of relief is to breathe through the nose as much as possible during physical activity. The nose naturally warms the air, preventing cold, dry air from entering the lower airways.
Pollution in the air, respiratory infections, and high pollen levels also worsen symptoms of EIA. Poor physical health and nasal allergies may put people at an increased risk of developing EIA or contribute to EIA symptoms.
Treating Exercise-Induced Asthma:
EIA can hinder your ability to maintain an active lifestyle and may even impact daily activities. For effective treatment and management of EIA symptoms, give us a call. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in scheduling a visit to our office, telli you more about our practice, and address any other questions or concerns. Dr. Laura Ispas-Ponas and her team will work with you to develop a unique treatment plan suited to your goals and needs.