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Being active is great for your health and wellbeing. Sometimes, however, the physical exertion of exercising or playing sport can trigger a bout of asthma. This is called ‘exercise-induced asthma’ (EIA). This kind of asthma is usually easily managed and should be part of any asthma management plan.
As well as being good for you, regular physical activity can help you manage your condition. Take time to learn how to manage your asthma so you can have a healthy, active lifestyle.
People with asthma should be able to participate in almost any sport or exercise. Scuba diving is the only sport not recommended. Most individuals with EIA can exercise to their full potential if the condition is properly treated. Many top athletes competing at national and international level have asthma.
Most people with asthma have asthma symptoms if they exercise in dry or cold air. When at rest, you breathe through your nose and the air is warmed, moistened and filtered as it enters your body. When you exercise, you need more oxygen and so you breathe faster through your mouth. Your airways react to this cold, dry air and the muscles around them tighten.
Some of the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma include:
These symptoms can occur during or, more commonly, after exercise.
It is the type of exercise, the amount of time spent exercising and the intensity of exercise that is important. Typically, vigorous activity for six minutes or more in cold, dry air is more likely to trigger asthma.
Preparing for exercise
You can reduce the risk or prevent exercise-induced asthma by preparing for physical activity in a few simple ways:
If you get exercise-induced asthma during activity
If you feel the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma:
A ‘spacer’ is a special device shaped like a clear plastic football or tube through which aerosol inhaler medications are inhaled. Bricanyl is the only reliever medication available in a dry powder inhaler and cannot be used with a spacer.
When to avoid exercise
You should avoid exercise if:
Where to get help
Things to remember