Exercise-induced asthma is likely to occur among individuals who are sensitive to changes in the temperature and air humidity. If an individual is exercising, he/she breathes via the mouth and the air that reaches the lungs is drier and colder. The difference between the warm air in the lungs and cold or dry air inhaled can instigate an attack.
What are the indications of an exercise-induced asthma?
The symptoms usually start around 5-20 minutes after starting to exercise. The symptoms often peak at 5-10 minutes after discontinuing the activity then steadily settle. The symptoms typically calm down within an hour but can last longer. The common symptoms include one or several of the following:
- Chest pain and tightness
- Excessive fatigue
- Extended episode of shortness of breath
The symptoms that develop among children are subtler such as:
- Unable to keep up during sports and games
- Child might avoid participating in games
- Issues with socialization or self-confidence in some children
When to seek medical care
If an adult or child is suspected with exercise-induced asthma, it is vital to set an appointment with a doctor.
In case an adult or child has exercise-induced asthma, there should be an action plan that has been worked out in advanced with the doctor. This includes instructions on how to avert an episode while exercising, what should be done when an attack occurs, when to call for help and when to go to the nearest emergency department.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on exercise-induced asthma is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage respiratory issues including this type of asthma by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.