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Don't let exercise-induced asthma stand in your way of maintaining a physical lifestyle.

AsthmaDid you know it's common to experience symptoms of asthma during exercise even if you have never been diagnosed with the condition? Exercise-induced asthma occurs when muscles around the airways become sensitive, causing them to contract and become narrow. Symptoms include coughing, tightening of the chest, wheezing, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Symptoms usually start a few minutes into an exercise routine.

Some of the most successful athletes suffer from exercise-induced asthma, but it doesn't stop them from being active, and it shouldn't stop you. A little preparation can prevent symptoms and allow you to continue an exercise program without experiencing asthma symptoms.

  • Avoid exercising outdoors when pollen counts and air pollution are high
  • Exercise at a level that is appropriate for you
  • Exercise indoors if the weather is cold
  • Restrict exercise when you are sick
  • Use an inhaler a few minutes before exercising
Additional health and wellness information

If you're a Highmark member, you have access to a secure, members-only website. Here you will find more information about exercise-induced asthma. To access the website, select the service region noted on your member ID card. After logging in, select the "Wellness" tab. Type "exercise-induced asthma" in the search field.

For information on your members-only website, visit the Highmark Blog.