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Is exercising good for the lungs with asthma or bad?
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
11 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Exercise is always good, but needs to be approached in a gradual fashion.
Firstly, the asthma must be well-controlled. For some this may mean the use of a rescue inhaler (albuterol) 30min before exercising, while for others it may mean taking a controller inhaler on a daily basis. Then the exercise needs to be increased as tolerated for endurance. Up to 10% of olympic athletes have asthma!

In brief: Yes
Exercise is always good, but needs to be approached in a gradual fashion.
Firstly, the asthma must be well-controlled. For some this may mean the use of a rescue inhaler (albuterol) 30min before exercising, while for others it may mean taking a controller inhaler on a daily basis. Then the exercise needs to be increased as tolerated for endurance. Up to 10% of olympic athletes have asthma!
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Dr. Cynthia Point
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is good, unless you exercise in an environment containing something you are allergic to.
For example, if you're allergic to grass pollen, and you exercise outdoors in the spring, you will have more asthma symptoms.

In brief: Yes
It is good, unless you exercise in an environment containing something you are allergic to.
For example, if you're allergic to grass pollen, and you exercise outdoors in the spring, you will have more asthma symptoms.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on Control
If your asthma is not well-controlled and exertion triggers asthma symptoms, then it is best to not exercise and consult with your asthma specialist about how to gain better control.
On the other hand, if your asthma is well-controlled, then cardiovascular exercise helps to release Nitric Oxide (which is a natural vaso/bronchodilator) and strengthen the muscles which surround your lung tissue.

In brief: Depends on Control
If your asthma is not well-controlled and exertion triggers asthma symptoms, then it is best to not exercise and consult with your asthma specialist about how to gain better control.
On the other hand, if your asthma is well-controlled, then cardiovascular exercise helps to release Nitric Oxide (which is a natural vaso/bronchodilator) and strengthen the muscles which surround your lung tissue.
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Dr. James Glauber
You should also consider the type of asthma, as some forms are more likely to trigger asthma than others. Also bad air quality can make it more likely you would have trouble with your asthma while exercising. Finally having a respiratory infection may make your asthma more sensitive to exercise. But good asthma control means that you should be able to exercise to your full capacity.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Typically exercise is a great cardio/pulmonary workout and is beneficial for chronic medical conditions such as asthma.
However some people do suffer with exercise induced asthma in which case exercise should be approached with caution and taken slowly. Usually these people would used a rescue inhaler such as a beta agonist or cromolyn 1/2 hr prior to exercise to 'open ' their bronchial tubes.

In brief: Yes
Typically exercise is a great cardio/pulmonary workout and is beneficial for chronic medical conditions such as asthma.
However some people do suffer with exercise induced asthma in which case exercise should be approached with caution and taken slowly. Usually these people would used a rescue inhaler such as a beta agonist or cromolyn 1/2 hr prior to exercise to 'open ' their bronchial tubes.
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Exercise is always a good thing, if done within one's limits.
Also, if you're prone to exercise induced asthma, take precautions before exercising to avoid an asthma attack, .

In brief: Yes
Exercise is always a good thing, if done within one's limits.
Also, if you're prone to exercise induced asthma, take precautions before exercising to avoid an asthma attack, .
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Neutral
Exercise can trigger an asthmatic attack characterized by coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath but exercise is good for the heart, the muscles, & the psyche.
Exercising improves chest muscle tone to help breathing. On the other hand extreme exercise can increase lung inflammation. The best approach is to control asthma first, then exercise. When wheezing is present don't exercise.

In brief: Neutral
Exercise can trigger an asthmatic attack characterized by coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath but exercise is good for the heart, the muscles, & the psyche.
Exercising improves chest muscle tone to help breathing. On the other hand extreme exercise can increase lung inflammation. The best approach is to control asthma first, then exercise. When wheezing is present don't exercise.
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Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
Exercise is excellent for the body overall.
It would be wise however to exercise within the scope of your current overall fitness and build up intensity appropriately. Also, if your asthma is provoked by exercise or environmental triggers, you should be prepared with appropriate medication.

In brief: Yes
Exercise is excellent for the body overall.
It would be wise however to exercise within the scope of your current overall fitness and build up intensity appropriately. Also, if your asthma is provoked by exercise or environmental triggers, you should be prepared with appropriate medication.
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
By exercising, you strengthen the heart, you improve oxygenation of the lungs, you increase the red cell mass, and you improve your body's ability to work efficiently when it's oxygen starved.
This will serve you when your asthma is worse. It's important that you take steps to control your asthma while exercise. Many olympic athletes are asthmatics--obviously they do just fine.

In brief: Yes
By exercising, you strengthen the heart, you improve oxygenation of the lungs, you increase the red cell mass, and you improve your body's ability to work efficiently when it's oxygen starved.
This will serve you when your asthma is worse. It's important that you take steps to control your asthma while exercise. Many olympic athletes are asthmatics--obviously they do just fine.
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