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Is it okay for people with asthma to exercise?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yes, with proper...: ...Care, people who exercise often see an improvement in their asthma symptoms in the long run.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: Check with your doc first before starting any new exercise program. You may need to use an inhaler pre- and/or post-exercise, especially if you have exercise-induced asthma. Your asthma regimen should be optimized before embarking on any new exercise regimen. All in all, however, exercise is good for asthmatics and your doctor will help you optimize your regimen so exercise is possible.
Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics 40 years experience
For people with persistent asthma, they should be on a controller or preventive medicine, along with albuterol as needed.
Feb 8, 2012
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Exercising is seldom bad for the lungs - it can optimize oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange across the lungs, which can help people with asthma in the long run. However, some people have exercise induced asthma and would need to pre-treat thenselves with albuterol prior to exercise to prevent exacerbations of such.

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