Exercise-Induced Wheezing

Friday, November 04, 2016

Do you cough, wheeze or find yourself out of breath during exercise? You may be suffering from bronchoconstriction, or exercise-induced wheezing. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Exercise-induced wheezing, or bronchoconstriction, happens when your airways shrink during or after exercise. It can cause shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing.

When you exercise, you breathe faster. If you have exercise-induced wheezing, your airways become dry and irritated, making it hard to breathe. If you also have asthma, the swelling in your airways will feel like an asthma flare-up.

Your symptoms can be treated with or without medicines. Some ways to treat wheezing without medicine include doing a proper warm-up before exercising and wearing a mask when you exercise in cold weather. You should also avoid things that can make symptoms worse, like cold weather, dry air, dust, pollen or chemicals in the air.

Several inhaled medicines can help your symptoms, including short-acting bronchodilators, mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene modifiers and corticosteroids.

You and your doctor can talk about which medicine is right for you, and how and when to take it. If you have serious symptoms that dont get better with medicine, get medical attention right away.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.