What is Exercise Induced Asthma?
Are there times when you are having difficulty in breathing while working out? Does it bother you are experiencing shortness of breath after going for a run? If you experience these symptoms, then you might be having exercise induced asthma.
According to mayoclinic.org, exercise induced asthma is the narrowing of airways in the lungs as a result of strenuous exercise. Exercise induced bronchoconstriction may likely occur in people with asthma and in high-level athletes. People experiencing exercise-induced asthma may experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Fatigue during exercise
- Poorer than expected athletic performance
- Avoidance of activity (a sign primarily among young children)
Untreated exercise induced asthma may result to poor performance and motivation in physical activities. It may also lead to serious breathing difficulties especially in people who have poorly managed asthma. To prevent exercise-induced asthma from getting in your way into living a healthy and active lifestyle, your doctor may prescribe a long term control drug for your daily pre-exercise medication. According to mayoclinic.org, leukotriene modifiers such as Montelukast are oral medications that may block inflammatory activity. Montelukast may be used as preventive treatment before exercise.