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can exercising too much or too hard cause an asthma attack?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Yes: Some asthma sufferers can have attacks brought on by exercise. You should always have your rescue inhaler with you.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Even professional athletes have had problems with exercise-induced asthma.
Mar 13, 2012
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Yes: Exercise is a common trigger of asthma. The symptoms normally begin around 20 minutes into exercise. Have you had any recent pulmonary function tests? And, do you use albuterol prior to exercise? If not, try 2 puffs 15 minutes prior to exercise, and see what happens.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Depends...: If you are prone to exercise-induced asthma, then the answer is yes but this can be prevented with treatment. If present, see your doctor as you may need to use a bronchodilator inhaler pre-exercise and perhaps when you stop exercising.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Universal trigger: For virtually everyone with asthma exercise is a trigger. Many olympic athletes who have asthma at no other time wheeze with athletic exertion. The common mechanism appears to be airway cooling & drying that occurs as you pump large amounts of air through your mouth, rather than your nose, & into your airways. Exercise in cold, dry air is a particularly potent trigger.

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