Kevin Murphy, M.D.
Exercise is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Not only does exercise help children grow physically strong, but mentally strong as well. Exercise induced asthma can greatly hinder a child’s exercise routine, or sideline him altogether. There are ways to reduce or eliminate exercise-induced asthma so your child can enjoy the exercise he needs.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease. It causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Exercise-induced asthma is a form of asthma that causes problems during or after physical activity.
The symptoms of exercise-induced asthma generally begin within 5 to 20 minutes after the start of exercise, or 5 to 10 minutes after exercise has stopped.
Certain environmental conditions such as cold air, high or low humidity, air pollution or elevated air allergens may increase exercise-induced asthma.
If your child has exercise induced asthma, he or she does not need to avoid all exercise or physical activities. To reduce exercise-induced asthma:
Asthma may interfere with daily activities and exercise, especially during strenuous activities. Knowing the right steps and procedures to improve asthma control will help your child lead a healthy life. If you feel that you are having troubles controlling your child’s asthma, contact your child’s physician.