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A 17-year-old male asked:

I was just diagnosed with excersised induced asthma, is it possible to get asthma attack when not excersising ?

9 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
YES: Exercise induced asthma is just a variant of bronchial asthma and I suggest formal pulmonary function studies and allergy testing.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Depends: If you have asthma only with very vigorous exertion, the condition is called exercise induced bronchospasm which many elite athletes suffer (who have no asthma at any other time otherwise). Some people do develop asthma only with exertion and may have no problem at all at other times. There is some suggestion however that EIA may be a harbinger of bronchial asthma later on.
Dr. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
Allergy and Immunology 11 years experience
Sometimes it is helpful to check peak flow values at home. Some patients have difficulty detecting an asthma attack, but first notice a significant decline in peak flow function before the onset of symptoms. Conversely, if your asthma is normally adequately controlled, peak flow values will increase after albuterol.
Mar 8, 2015
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pediatric Pulmonology 23 years experience
Yes: yes it is possible - if it happens often you may have to use a preventive inhaler daily
Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 38 years experience
Sure. But...: Ex. induced asthma is one form of intermittant asthma. Intermittant asthma can be triggered by other factors, too. Given your history, though, I'd confirm asthma w/ ex. challenge involving spirometry. Exercise can also cause shortness of breath from GERD and larygospasm (VCD). See allergist or pulmonogist.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
AsthmaExerciseInduce: Exercise induced Asthma as the name says is attack of asthma that is triggered by doing vigorous or prolonged exercise or physical exertion But there are many patients with Chronic Asthma who may develop symptoms of Asthma during Strenuous Execise So there is some overlapping in some patients but exercise induced asthma is an entity by itself&those patients get Asthma symptoms on exercise only
Dr. Luis Matos
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 46 years experience
Maybe.: If you truly have Exercise induced Bronchospasm (EIB) then you cough wheeze or have shortness of breath when you stop exercising. We see pulmonary functions drop to the worse levels 7-10 minutes after exercise. Breathing cold dry air can also trigger symptoms in EIB. Sometime the name gets used to describe asthma that gets worse when you exercise. Then other things will trigger asthma attacks.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos commented
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 46 years experience
Provided original answer
Breathing in cold dry air while walking outside can cause an asthma attack in those with EIB.
May 19, 2016
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Very much so: If you have exercise induced asthma it already tells me you have airways that can be "reactive" at times. Sometimes, if it's just the right trigger, like a viral/bacterial bronchitis, it could set of an asthma flare without even exercising.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 19 years experience
Sure: Though exercise induced asthma is not triggered by the same triggers as other asthmatics., strong emotions like crying, laughing,etc can trigger an attack. Cold whether may also trigger an attack in non-allergic asthma. Good Luck
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Of course.: There are many different triggers that can start someone's bronchi constricting causing an asthma attack. Those triggers can be different in different people. They can be allergies, exposure to cold air, infection "colds", exercise, etc. The medicines to treat it can be taken both therapeutically when you are sick and prophylactically (when you realize that you will be confronting a trigger).

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