Asthma Doctors | What Your Asthma Doctor Needs to Tell You About Exercise-Induced Asthma


Asthma Doctors | Have you ever been exercising and started wheezing, coughing, choking, or felt as though you couldn’t breathe during or after the activity? The passageways in our lungs can be triggered when we strenuously exercise. This causes the airways in our lungs to constrict and produce asthma-like symptoms; however, it is important to know that term your asthma doctor may use is exercised-induced bronchoconstriction because the narrowing airways are not a cause of asthma even though exercise can trigger asthmatic symptoms. Typical treatment for bronchoconstriction includes asthma medications such as inhaler usage before, during, or after exercising.


When Should I See an Asthma Doctor?


If you experience any of the signs of bronchoconstriction, you should ask for a referral or make an appointment with an asthma doctor. The symptoms of bronchoconstriction include:

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Unusual fatigue post exercise
  • Avoidance of the activity (symptom in smaller kids that may not be able to communicate or explains their symptoms yet)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Gasping for air
  • Excess production of mucus after exercise


Because these symptoms are not inclusive to bronchoconstriction and can also be signs of much more severe conditions that need immediate attention it is important to see an asthma doctor right away for an accurate diagnosis before you begin treatment. If you ever feel as though you can’t breathe or begin having recurrent or severe chest pain, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


People who have the greatest risk of developing bronchoconstriction include people who already have asthma, elite athletes, and people who are overweight. Triggers that could cause the condition to worsen include dry or cold air and pollutants, chlorine, and chemicals used in ice rinks, and activities that require an extended period of deep breathing such as swimming, diving, cross country, soccer, basketball, or track and field. Yoga and meditation breathing techniques can also sometimes be a trigger.


When you’re ready to talk to an asthma doctor in Charleston, give the experts a call at National Allergy and ENT. 843-797-8162 or click here for an appointment.