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NEW york daily news, monday, January 25, 2016, 6:00. Dear Running Doc: I recently found out I'm subject to exercise-induced asthma (EIA) during my workouts.
If I need medication medications I'll take it, but since the symptoms are fairly slight and intermittent, I was wondering if there isn't something else I can do first. Joey., NYC, NY, thanks, Joey, for a dose very important question. I have written about this many times and wrote the brochure for the American College of Sports Medicine.
I see this daily in my practice and know I can help you and other readers with this common inconvenience! I have been treating my patients with exercise-induced asthma (EIA) with a variety of individually based techniques.
EIA is very common and may present in a variety of ways that may not initially be seen as asthma since wheezing, commonly thought the only symptom of asthma, may not be present. There is a simple answer before using medications, but you still need to talk to your doctor first. EIA can grow more serious, and I've found that most of my patients eventually require a simple inhaled medication.
That said, there are workouts that are less likely to bring on attacks of EIA in the first place. First of all, one suspected trigger of the temporary constriction of your lungs' air passageways which is what an EIA attack is seems to be the sudden inhaling of lots of cool, dry air.
So the warm, damp environment of a pool makes swimming a logical choice for the EIA-susceptible.
Just being in good shape, and therefore breathing less hard during exertion, is another help. Two other suggestions I make to my patients involve the timing of most attacks.
First, since they usually don't come on until you're about six to eight minutes into a workout, doing intervals shorter than that may avoid triggering asthma EIA.
Second, since there's apparently a two- to three-hour window of immunity after an EIA episode during which you're highly unlikely to have another, you may be able to do your warm up vigorously, wait about 45 minutes for any minor discomfort to pass, then launch.