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how can i exercise and be healthy if i have asthma?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Inhaler: Some forms of asthma are triggered or exacerbated by cold weather and exercise. Taking a prophylactic albuterol inhaler dose may help. However, check with your doctor first to make sure your asthma is otherwise well-controlled, you don't have any other medical problems precluding you from exercise, discuss what type of exercise to do, and how to manage asthma symptoms when exercising.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Treatment...: If you notice asthma symptoms when exercising, you can take a bronchodilator inhaler just before you exercise and have it available if needed when you stop exercising. Exercise is actually good for asthma so see your doctor so you can continue to exercise comfortably and safely. There are many pro athletes who have asthma so it is possible!

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