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Training a Lot But Performance Not Improving? It Might be Exercise-Induced Airway Constriction

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Implementing an exercise regimen seems like a relatively simple concept: if you log the hours in the gym, you’ll see your performance improve. But unfortunately, for people who experience exercise-induced airway constriction, performance may not improve. 

Those with this condition may find themselves experiencing tightness in the chest, labored breathing and other asthma-like symptoms during exercise and up to 15 minutes afterward, consequently limiting their ability to spin, lift or run effectively. Athletes who favor cold-weather sports are particularly at risk due to the dry climate.

For clarification, there are two types of exercise induced airway constriction: EIB, known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and EIA, exercise-induced asthma. Note: not everyone with EIB has EIA. And generally, people with EIB don’t have asthma.

Luckily, you can treat exercise-induced airway constriction. At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, the allergy experts will assess your breathing by performing an exercise challenge procedure where patients are tasked to run. Then, the physicians will conduct a pulmonary function test to gauge lung health. The best part? The procedures are performed at any of their locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.

Once diagnosed, the A&AS experts will determine the best course of treatment, whether that’s practiced breathing strategies or medication.
For athletes and rookies alike, exercise-induced airway constriction can be a real problem that potentially limits your ability to work out efficiently and healthily. If you think this is an issue for you, schedule an appointment today.

The fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM are experts at treating exercise-induced airway constriction at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, ext. 2.