Exercise-induced asthma, known as EIA for short, is a common condition. In fact, the American Lung Association says that about 7 out of every 100 people (or 7%) in the US have exercise-induced asthma. That's about 20 million people. And EIA is especially common in people who have nasal allergies-up to 40% of them will experience asthma symptoms with exercise. You don't even have to have allergies yourself... If a family member has nasal allergies, you may be more likely to develop EIA.
What Is EIA?
Basically, exercise-induced asthma is exactly what it sounds like: having the symptoms of asthma, such as chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing, in response to exercising or being active. It can come in different degrees and may or may not interfere with you being active or working out.
Complicating the EIA can be other asthma triggers, such as a sensitivity to cold dry air, warm humid air, air pollution/exhaust fumes or pollen/mold spores in the air. Most people with EIA s...
<p><strong>What Is Asthma?</strong></p>
<p>Bronchial asthma is a condition caused by chronically hyper-reactive and inflamed airways, punctuated by acute episodes of reversible narrowing of the airways.</p>
<p>For reasons not fully understood, those suffering from asthma may be particularly sensitive to irritants such as dust, cold air, and viral infections. Such irritants may periodically cause bronchospasm—contraction of the muscles within the bronchi, which are the airways between the trachea and the air sacs of the lungs—and provoke increased mucus production. Attacks may be mild or severe and may last anywhere from a few minutes to days. The World Health Organization estimates that 235 million people worldwide are affected by asthma.</p>
<p>Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children, and its prevalence appears to be rising in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C...
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