Exercise-Induced Asthma (cont.)
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What Are Symptoms and Signs of Exercise-Induced Asthma?
Symptoms usually begin about five to 20 minutes after beginning to exercise. The symptoms often peak about five to 10 minutes after stopping exercise then gradually diminish. The symptoms are typically gone within an hour, but they may last longer. Symptoms include one or a combination of the following:
Symptoms of asthma may be more subtle in children.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Exercise-Induced Asthma?
If you think you or your child may have exercise-induced asthma, promptly make an appointment with your health-care professional.
If you or your child has exercise-induced asthma, you should have an action plan worked out in advance with your health-care professional. This plan should include instructions on how to prevent an attack while exercising, what to do when an asthma attack occurs, when to call the health-care professional, and when to go to a hospital emergency department.
The following is an example of an action plan in case of an exercise-induced attack:
Although asthma is a reversible disease, and treatments are available, people can die from a severe asthma attack.
Last Reviewed 9/11/2017
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