Thursday, May 23, 2013
Breathe Easy: Exercise and Asthma
Cold air can also cause asthmatics to have trouble breathing - so it goes without saying that exercising in the cold can deliver a one-two punch. Luckily, there are steps you can take so that you can still workout despite being afflicted with asthma. If you are plagued by exercise-induced wheezing, use a relief inhaler such as albuterol 10 to 15 minutes before exercising. It's always important to consult with your physician first before starting an exercise regimen. It's also extremely important for patients to have an asthma action plan in case troubles arise. This plan should include three zones - Green (asthma under control), Yellow (asthma control slipping) and Red (danger, take action immediately). It should have a description of the signs and symptoms tied to each zone. It should also have the treatments and actions for each zone.