Exercise-induced asthma may be characterized by difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, wheezing and tightness in the chest after working out.
Here are suggestions for people with exercise-induced asthma, courtesy of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology:
* Try swimming, especially in a heated indoor pool. The warm, humid environment may help minimize symptoms for people with exercise-induced asthma. * Try walking, biking or hiking at a leisurely pace. * Try sports that offer frequent periods of rest, such as baseball, short -distance track, surfing, wrestling and football. * Avoid cold-weather sports, or warm the air before you inhale it with a surgical mask or scarf over your mouth. * Avoid sports that require long periods of strenuous exercise, such as soccer, basketball, field hockey and running.
Health Tip: Exercising in Hot Weather
Heat injuries range from mild forms to more serious types, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Heatstroke -- when the body's sweating mechanism quits, the skin become hot and dry, and the body loses most fluids -- can be life-threatening.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for exercising safely in hot weather:
* Drink plenty of fluids even when you're not thirsty, and take frequent breaks during exercise. * Get your body in good shape before hot weather hits. * Limit outdoor exercise to early in the morning or late in the evening, avoiding the midday hours. * Exercise more slowly and less vigorously for longer periods. * Wear lightweight clothing, and avoid heavy gear. * If someone looks like they're having a heat injury, seek immediate medical attention.