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What can I do to breathe easier during workouts?

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  • Talk with your doctor before you start an exercise routine.
  • Take your asthma medication about 10 to 15 minutes before a workout, if your doctor recommends it.
  • Always have your rescue inhaler on hand.
  • Warm up for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Try to breathe through your nose, which warms the air before it gets to your lungs.
  • If it’s cold outside, wear a scarf, neck gaiter, or ski mask to warm the air you’re breathing.
  • Scale back if you have a cold or another lung infection.

SOURCES:

Jana Tuck, MD, an allergist in Cape Girardeau, MO, and a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology .

Boyd, A. , August 2013. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

Franca-Pinto, A. , August 2015. Thorax

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma and Exercise.”

Mekonnen, D. , July 2010. Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Chlorine Allergy.”

CDC: “Common Asthma Triggers.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Exercise-Induced Asthma.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Jana Tuck, MD, an allergist in Cape Girardeau, MO, and a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology .

Boyd, A. , August 2013. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology

Franca-Pinto, A. , August 2015. Thorax

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Asthma and Exercise.”

Mekonnen, D. , July 2010. Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Chlorine Allergy.”

CDC: “Common Asthma Triggers.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Exercise-Induced Asthma.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 06, 2018

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