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What should I do to control my asthma when I exercise?

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  • Before you start an exercise program, talk to your doctor about what activities to try, what to do before exercise, and if you have symptoms during exercise.
  • Always use any pre-exercise asthma medicine you need.
  • Warm up before and cool down after a workout.
  • If the weather is cold, exercise indoors or wear a mask or scarf over your nose and mouth.
  • If you have allergic asthma, don't exercising outdoors when pollen or air pollution counts are high.
  • Restrict exercise when you have a viral infection, like a cold.
  • Don't overdo it.

From: Asthma and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

The Canadian Lung Association: "Exercise & Asthma." 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Exercise-Induced Asthma," “Asthma and Exercise.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Exercise-Induced Asthma," “Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (Asthma).”

Health Central: "Asthma."

Asthma UK: “Exercise and activities.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

SOURCES: 

The Canadian Lung Association: "Exercise & Asthma." 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Exercise-Induced Asthma," “Asthma and Exercise.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Exercise-Induced Asthma," “Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (Asthma).”

Health Central: "Asthma."

Asthma UK: “Exercise and activities.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

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