Exercise and Asthma

Physical activity can trigger symptoms in most people with asthma. Symptoms may occur either during or right after being active.

But regular physical activity is good for all of us. In fact, doctors recommend that most people, including people with asthma, get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

The good news is that if you have good control of your asthma, exercise should not be a problem for you. In fact, most people with asthma should be able to participate in any physical activity they like without having asthma symptoms. Here are some things you can do to prevent or reduce exercise-induced asthma:

  • Ask your doctor about using a short-acting beta2-agonist inhaler about 15 minutes before exercise. This usually can prevent and control exercise induced asthma. You can also use this medicine to relieve symptoms during and after exercise. But remember to let your doctor know if you have to use it often during or after exercise. It may be a sign that you need to start taking daily long-term control medicine or to increase your dose.

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Last Updated: Jul 17, 2009

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