What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of exercise induced asthma are the same as asthma but are normally worse during or after exercise. The symptoms generally get better after you stop exercising and rest.
Exercise makes your body work harder, so it’s normal to breathe faster, feel your heartbeat increasing, and get hot, sweaty and red in the face. If you feel any of the following symptoms, it could be exercise induced asthma and you need to stop what you’re doing:
- you can’t get your breath/are short of breath
- tight feeling in the chest
The symptoms of exercise induced asthma usually start while you’re exercising and will continue or feel worse between five and ten minutes after stopping. If you have already been diagnosed with asthma, then your reliever inhaler should help to ease the symptoms. You should start feeling better after 20 to 30 minutes.
If the symptoms do not improve and any of the following occur, you could be having an asthma attack and should seek medical help immediately:
- your reliever inhaler doesn’t help
- the symptoms are getting worse
- you can’t talk properly because you’re too breathless
If you think you might have exercise induced asthma, talk to your doctor. They will be able to advise you on how to work out safely and reduce the risk of triggering symptoms.