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...
Stress can wreck havoc on your health. And if you have asthma, you no doubt know that stress can cause asthma symptoms. The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic – from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. Researchers estimate that 75 percent to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for complaints and conditions that are, in some way, related to stress. And every week, approximately 112 million people take some form of medication for stress-related symptoms. Combine stress and asthma, and the result can be shortness of breath, panic attacks, a feeling of anxiousness, and a whole lot of worrying. In short, when stress rears its ugly head and you have asthma, you may trigger an asthma attack.“Asthma can be set off by stress, but I am not sure that anyone fully understands why,” says Dr. Marjorie L. Slankard, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Ph...
<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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