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...
Every asthmatic should be aware that both humidity and cold air are two very common asthma triggers . So why is this? What can you do about it?
It's been common wisdom for years that the combination of humidity and cold air helps with croup , or swelling of the voice box and trachea. Put a croupy kid in the hot and steamy bathroom and the swelling gets better.
Another method that often works for croup is taking the child outside in the cold winter air. This is why many times when a parent decides to take the child to the hospital, the child is fine by the time they arrive in the emergency room.
This is true for croup, so many doctors of old believed it must also be true for asthma. Yet it was a fallacy, and now -- thankfully -- most doctors are aware of this fallacy. In fact, now doctors are aware that both cold air and humidity can actually trigger an asthma attack.
When I was little boy way back in the 1970s, my pediatrician recommended my...
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