Symptoms of Athletic Asthma

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 21, 2011

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Athletic asthma also referred to as exercise induced asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchi of the lungs. The bronchi are breathing passages that supply the lungs with oxygen but with vigorous exercise it may lead to athletic asthma.

Athletic asthma is characterised by fluctuation of attacks, at times you may experience athletic asthma once in 6 months but at times you may need to deal with it almost daily. In this condition you may have mild, severe or no symptoms at all.


Triggers of athletic asthma

Since it is a chronic bronchi inflammation, there could be a host of triggers ranging from smoke, pollution, pollen, smoke, vapours, dust, cold, flu, moulds, animal dancer, humidity, respiratory infections, temperature extremes or even stress. Exercise is also a very common trigger for athletic asthma and the individual must ensure that he/she does not exercise to the extent that requires a heightened increased in the rate of heart beat.


Symptoms of athletic asthma

To cope with athletic asthma you should be aware of the symptoms to enable the doctor to effectively choose the medication to be prescribed at your health level. Symptoms of athletic asthma surface almost 20 minutes after the exercise. If a person is exposed to allergens time and again, it may catalyse inflammation and worsen the condition. Some of the symptoms are as follows:

  • Coughing may be dry or congested depending on the degree of over exercise
  • Wheezing is a whistling noise while is generated through the air passage of the lungs owing to stuffiness or clogging of the bronchi
  • Chest tightness is yet another symptom of athletic asthma which is due to congestion in the lungs and chest. It makes you feel heavy and results in difficulty in breathing.
  • Shortness of breath occurs due to blocked air passages resulting in breathing problems and lowered level of physical activity.
  • Chest pain may also occur because of constant coughing and heaviness experienced while breathing. It may tire your body as it will sap you of your energy.
  • You may also experience extreme fatigue while dealing with athletic asthma, when you feel tired, stop all activity and rest for some time, breath in and out and ensure proper supply of oxygen to your lungs. Certain yoga exercises reportedly reduce the impact of athletic asthma. Ensure that you take medications timely and try to slow or control erratic breathing.





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