If you experience breathing issues during exercise, it may not be because you’re out of shape. You may be suffering from exercise-induced asthma.
Exercise-induced asthma is a condition where the airways constrict and produce excess mucus, making it hard to breathe and cause coughing and other symptoms. It is triggered by physical exertion. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Fatigue during exercise
- Poor athletic performance
Symptoms of exercise-induced asthma tend to manifest within 20 minutes of starting a workout and persist for 10 minutes or so after the workout ends.
If you are afflicted with exercise-induced asthma, you shouldn’t avoid vigorous physical activity. Symptoms can be treated with help from a medical professional. Inhalers and bronchodialators can help alleviate symptoms when used before workouts.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, don’t assume that you are reacting normally to exercise or that you’re out of shape. Have a doctor check you out and get help immediately if your symptoms intensify.