Staying Active in School Despite Exercise-Induced Asthma

Exercise-induced asthma can cause the same symptoms as other types of asthma, such as tightness in the chest, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In people with exercise-induced asthma, these symptoms typically occur shortly after stopping a workout. An asthma treatment plan can help students stay active in school sports and gym class, despite the condition.

Asthma doctors may recommend wearing a scarf or mask over the mouth when exercising outdoors in chilly weather. Students may need to exercise indoors if the school grounds have been mowed recently. The asthma doctor can prescribe a long-acting asthma medication for long-term control, as well as a rescue inhaler for acute asthma attacks. All coaches and teachers should be notified of the student’s asthma treatment plan, including the need to have a rescue inhaler nearby during exercise.

If your child suffers from asthma symptoms, you can find the help he or she needs at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. Our asthma treatment centers are located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Call 1(800)86-COUGH.