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Is it okay that I play sports if I have asthma?

Is it okay that I play sports if I have asthma?

We should make it so: Asthma treatments have improved immensely since the days when asthmatics were told to "slow down"; this is no longer acceptable. Inactivity leads to deconditioning, adding to the work of breathing. It is still true that the vast majority respond to pre-sport use of a bronchodilator (albuterol/levalbuterol). Allergies, sinusitis, GERD, VCD, obesity can all complicate matters; many options. Get help. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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If I play sports like football and basketball and I have asthma, will I be asthma free once I use my inhaler and go back to playing the game soon?

If I play sports like football and basketball and I have asthma, will I be asthma free once I use my inhaler and go back to playing the game soon?

Not asthma free but: The asthma might be well controlled with the inhalers. If you are 39, you are not likely to grow out of the asthma at this point. But with the proper medication, this should be well controlled for you and hopefully not be alimiting factor for you. ...Read more

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I have never been diagnosed with asthma but I have had problems breathing for a month or so and I'm confused because I play sports and am not better?

I have never been diagnosed with asthma but I have had problems breathing for a month or so and I'm confused because I play sports and am not better?

See allergist: I am confused about your description also. Do you or don't you have breathing problem with sports? Another condition may be one is called mast cell activation syndrome. Your best bet is to consult an allergist who will likely be able to help you in finding out the cause as well as providing you with the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter wheezes when playing sport & is now sick and wheezing and chesty. I used to have asthma as a child, is it likely she has? Can GP diagnose?

My daughter wheezes when playing sport & is now sick and wheezing and chesty. I used to have asthma as a child, is it likely she has? Can GP diagnose?

Yes/yes: Asthma is a variable spectrum with some so mild they never knowing they have it to those who depend on daily meds to survive. It is heavily influenced by genetic inheritance with different forms within the same family. Exercise induced bronchospasm is part of that spectrum. Any primary care doc with enough experience can verify this or send you where you need to go for testing. ...Read more

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My son only gets asthma when he plays sport, he has a puffer which works but doesn't solve the issue. Would you recommend Chinese medicine?

My son only gets asthma when he plays sport, he has a puffer which works but doesn't solve the issue. Would you recommend Chinese medicine?

No: Your son needs evaluation, it sounds that it isn't only Exercise Induced Asthma, more strings are attached. He may very well need a controller medicine in addition to the rescue puffer that he uses before exercise or only as needed, or he may have a nose/sinus disease, etc. Kindly see an allergist/asthma specialist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist/immunologist in your area, goodluck ...Read more

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Can a child who had an enlarged liver and spleen play sports?

Can a child who had an enlarged liver and spleen play sports?

? Cause? Sport: Participation in any sport requires an understanding of a kids physical limitations and the demands of the sport. Mild liver & spleen enlargement after a simple viral illness might not require much restriction while a kid with mono & speen enlargment is at risk of rupture after any abdominal trauma. The childs physician should review the kids health & risks of the proposed sport before participatn. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sports asthma in a child?

What are the symptoms of sports asthma in a child?

Cough: The most common symptom of sports-induced asthma in children is cough; these kids often wheeze as well. There may be no symptom other than shortness of breath; for this, it is important that this lasts much longer than it does for the other kids who are participating just as strenuously, so you know that your child isn't simply getting winded. An allergy eval might help prevent worsening asthma. ...Read more

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Can playing around in snow for a few minutes hurt a child with asthma?

Can playing around in snow for a few minutes hurt a child with asthma?

Maybe: If the child has cold air induced asthma then playing outside can cause symptoms. The asthma symptoms can be prevented by covering the nose and mouth with a scarf and taking an albuterol inhaler 2 inhalations, 10 minutes before going outside. ...Read more

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Why is it that I get spasms when I play sports?

Why is it that I get spasms when I play sports?

Several reasons: Depends on where you get them and if any other symptoms or underlying condition. Simple muscle spasms can be due to tight or deconditioned tendons and muscles, lack of hydration or electrolytes. Sometimes it can be a secondary, reactive issue due to an underlying problem such as nerve irritation. ...Read more

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If I have paget's disease can I play sports?

If I have paget's disease can I play sports?

Absolutely: You probably do not want to play tackle for the nfl if your bones are somewhat more likely to break than the next person's, but you have a wide variety of sports to choose from. I love to swim; bicycling's another great low-impact sport, and your physician can help you weight the risk-benefit of medium-impact sports. The severity of paget's varies greatly. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I play sports with a hernia?

It depends: On which sport and how much pressure you put on your abdomen, assuming you are talking about an inguinal hernia. If it causes pain or discomfort, you should stop immediately. Definitive cure is surgical repair, which you will need for sure sometime during your lifetime. Better to get it done earlier than later, when hernia is larger and operation becomes more difficult. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play sports during a fever?

Is it okay to play sports during a fever?

Find out why first.: If you don't have a diagnosis yet, it's important to see a doc to find out why. Fever is your body's way to fight infection or inflammation. If you have a URI, you should sit out from sports so you don't infect your team mates. Athletic exertion can divert needed energy away from your natural defense mechanisms, so take it easy a few days and let your body fight the infection. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play sports with a torn tendon?

Is it okay to play sports with a torn tendon?

Depends: Which tendon and can it be protected during play in the sport? ...Read more

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Can I play sports if I think I have a hernia?

Can I play sports if I think I have a hernia?

Probably: If you have a hernia, let pain or discomfort be your guide. If it hurts, take it easy. If you find yourself limiting your activity because of a hernia, see a general surgeon it a consultation. ...Read more

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How long after a concussion can you play sports?

Caution is best: Our experience with professional sports injuries indicates a high incidence of post-traumatic encephalopathy due to repetitive head injuries. At one point we were far more lenient, but the consensus suggests it is safer to wait up to 4-6 weeks after a significant concussion. ...Read more

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Why do I start to twitch nervously after I play sports?

Why do I start to twitch nervously after I play sports?

Adrenalin?: Adrenalin is ramped up during vigorous sporting activities, or simple high intensity exercise (cardio or weights). Also, there may be performance anxiety. Other factors exist. Muscle fatigue, ie Lactic Acid build up. These are most common. ...Read more

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Is it okay to play sports the day following a concussion?

Is it okay to play sports the day following a concussion?

Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The best thing is to give your brain complete rest. The more strain you place on your brain while it is attempting to heal, the more likely it is to slow down the healing process.

You should not return to your regular physical activities until your are completely symptom free and back to normal. ...Read more

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Why is it that I feel so weak and tired when I play sports?

Why is it that I feel so weak and tired when I play sports?

May be Endurance: Very commonly this is an overall conditioning or endurance issue. It's important to gradually work into an exercise program or conditioning schedule. You may feel tired simply because your body isn't used to it. Also can be a hydration or energy issue - want to make sure to stay well hydrated, eat well before exercise. ...Read more

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Any explanation for why I feel so weak and tired when I play sports?

Any explanation for why I feel so weak and tired when I play sports?

May be Endurance: Very commonly this is an overall conditioning or endurance issue. It's important to gradually work into an exercise program or conditioning schedule. You may feel tired simply because your body isn't used to it. Also can be a hydration or energy issue - want to make sure to stay well hydrated, eat well before exercise. ...Read more

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What to do if I tore my ACL when should I be ok to play sports again?

Depends...: Return to sport after an acl tear depends on if you are able to compensate for the torn ligament with strength of the surrounding muscles. You will be able to get back to in-line sports on even surfaces more quickly. A physical therapist can help guide you. If you are having episodes of instability, you are progressing too quickly. ...Read more

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Can I play sports on medication such as ondansetrom and famotidine?

Absolutely: This sounds like a great idea. I hope athletics will remain a lifetime source of enjoyment and health for you. ...Read more

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Following a whipple procedure how long before you can play sports again?

Following a whipple procedure how long before you can play sports again?

10-12 weeks: Whipple procedure is done for tumor in the head of the pancreas or duodenum and is a major procedure with a fairly high rate of complications. Most are done open but some are done laparoscopically or by robotic surgery. The recovery, assuming no complications that delay recovery, is 6-8 weeks, then gradual increase in activity. You do not state what sport, but play it safe, check with your md. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce the effects of Kyphosis on me and still play sports?

What can I do to reduce the effects of Kyphosis on me and still play sports?

Depends: It depends in part on your age and the flexibility of the deformity. If it is flexible, then postural exercises emphasizing extension and also stretching can help; if it is rigid that is of limited benefit. Don't hesitate to be seen by a doctor to discuss further. ...Read more

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How long after dislocating a shoulder will you be able to play sports again?

How long after dislocating a shoulder will you be able to play sports again?

Depends on the sport: Typically 3-4 weeks of immobilization is needed after a dislocation, followed by physical therapy. Early return would be about 6 weeks. I would not recommend any contact for 3 months. A good guild line is symmetrical strenght and range of motion, without pain. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more