Healthier Me: Exercised induced asthma

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(Valley News Live) If you feel out of shape for no reason, the actual cause may leave you breathless: it's called exercised induced asthma.

"If you already have asthma, exercise could be one of your triggers, but you don't have to have allergy induced asthma or viral induced asthma to have exercise induced asthma," says Sanford Allergy and Asthma Specialist Dr. Chris Cleveland.

Dr. Cleveland says exercise induced asthma is a very common condition.

"We think that cold air and dry conditions or dry air going into the lungs prompts the airways to tighten up and spasm and that restricts air flow both in and out when we are exercising," says Dr. Cleveland.

Some symptoms include: shortness of breath or wheezing, tightness in the chest, coughing and decreased endurance. Dr. Cleveland says symptoms usually appear within 10-15 minutes after you start exercising or they may not even be present until after you are done exercising.

"You can see more symptoms during winter time, especially if people are avid runners and are doing outdoor running," says Dr. Cleveland.

How can these symptoms be prevented?

"It's always good to have a warm-up period before hand because that can help with the cold air stimulus and that can help with the humidity or the dry air conditions that'll prompt bronco spasms," says Dr. Cleveland.

If you're suffering from some of these problems and want to find out what's behind it, doctors recommend you see an allergist.