The asthma specialists at UPMC Pinnacle diagnose and treat exercise-induced asthma in children and adults.
Exercise-induced asthma, which is also called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, can affect your ability to participate in exercise and other activities you enjoy. At UPMC Pinnacle, we understand that exercise plays an important role in your fitness and well-being. We offer a full range of tests and treatments for exercise-induced asthma, including:
After your first round of lung function testing, your health care provider may give you an inhaled medication called a bronchodilator and ask you to repeat the test(s). Your health care provider will compare your test results to determine if the medication was effective.
Exercise-induced asthma, which is also called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, occurs when the airways in your lungs become narrowed during strenuous exercise.
Symptoms of exercise-induced asthma usually begin a few minutes after exercise and may continue after stopping exercise if left untreated. Symptoms may include:
If you experience severe wheezing or shortness of breath during exercise — or wheezing or shortness of breath that does not get better even after you stop exercising — dial 911.
Researchers aren’t sure exactly what causes exercise-induced asthma, but there is evidence that suggests certain conditions may trigger or increase the risk of exercise-induced asthma, including:
Although you may not be able to prevent exercise-induced asthma itself, there are a few things you can do to prevent flare-ups. You should try to warm up and stretch before strenuous exercise. You also should use your rescue inhaler 10 minutes before you begin strenuous exercise and follow any other instructions from your doctor about using your medication.
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Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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