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A 26-year-old female asked about a 6-year-old female:

my 6 year old daughter has mild asthma and is a competitive swimmer. would an inhaler before swimming help her not get short of breath in the water?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatric Pulmonology 18 years experience
Most likely yes: 90% of patients with asthma will have symptoms that are exacerbated by exercise. In those patients I have them take 2 puffs of their albuterol inhaler 15-20 minutes prior to exercise in an attempt to prevent the asthma symptoms.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Yes: Sure thing. Also recommended, short warm up followed by a 10 minutes rest period prior to exercise.

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Last updated Jul 25, 2016

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