These are the asthmatics who, regardless of how compliant they are with their preventative medicines, still have bad asthma episodes. We don't know what bum luck would cause some asthmatics to get so bad, but some simply develop asthma that becomes difficult to control. This can happen to any asthmatic from infant to adult. They see doctors on a regular basis. They are on all the state-of-the-art medicines (possibly even oral steroids), and yet still have asthma episodes regularly. They end up in hospitals more often than they'd like. Asthma Attitude: "I'm really trying to manage my asthma, but it's tough." Asthma Strengths: They are smart about asthma and work hard to control it. Asthma Weaknesses: They must be careful not to abuse their quick-relief inhalers or just give up on managing their asthma. Lessons to Live By: Stick with it. Follow your asthma management plan and change it if it's not working for you. Avoid your asthma triggers and always get help i...
If you have asthma, chances are you have exercise induced asthma (EIA). I was actually a bit shocked as I read this post and learned that of the 18 million Americans with asthma, 80-90 percent have EIA.
What I also found stunning was that this article from the New York Times noted half of all cross country skiers, and 17 percent of Olympic-level distance runners, have been diagnosed with EIA. Likewise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), 23 percent of all olympians have EIA.
I have EIA, and chances are you do too if you've ever experienced the following symptoms during or 5-15 minutes after exercise:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain (rarely)
cough (perhaps due to increased mucus production)
When these symptoms occur they can be treated with your rescue inhaler (like Albuterol ) and rest. Although, witih proper diagnosis and treatment, thes...
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