Breathe Easy: Exercise and Asthma
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, which also happens to be peak season for those individuals suffering from these ailments. An estimated 17 million people in the United States are afflicted with asthma. The purpose of the month is to raise awareness courtesy of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Spring allergies are in full bloom from the different allergens that are in the air. Unfortunately, that can bring out the worst in those who suffer from asthma and allergies. In addition to pollen, other triggers include cigarette smoke, cold/flu, animal dander, mold, dust and cockroaches. National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month is actually held in conjunction with World Asthma, the first Tuesday of May, as well as Food Allergy Awareness Week held the second week in May. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, continuous cough and chest pains or tightness. One of the biggest concerns for people who suffer from these issues is whether or not they can exercise. Exercise can be a trigger for some patients, which can cause wheezing. Ironically, the wheezing can begin after the activity is complete.