What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. When you have asthma, three things occur:
- Production of mucus
- Muscles contract
What are the signs and symptoms of Asthma?
- Chest tightness
- Breathlessness/Shortness of breath
- Persistent coughing
Exercise and Asthma
- If you cough, wheeze or feel out of breath during or after exercise, it may be more than exertion causing your symptoms. You might have exercise-induced asthma. As with asthma triggered by other things, exercise-induced asthma symptoms occur when your airways tighten and produce extra mucus.
- If you have exercise-induced asthma — also called exercise-induced bronchospasm (BRONG-ko-spaz-um) — physical exertion may be the only thing that triggers your symptoms. Or, exercise may be just one of several things that trigger your asthma.
- Having exercise-induced asthma doesn't mean you shouldn't exercise. Proper treatment and precautions can keep you active.
Additional information on Exercise-Induced Asthma