Narrator: Exercise-induced asthma is most likely to occur in a patient with a history of asthma, asthma-like symptoms, or allergic rhinitis. Symptoms can include wheezing, cough, and a shortness of breath. These symptoms often occur after vigorous physical activity. If you have these symptoms, your physician may recommend a test called an exercise challenge. The test includes the following components: spirometry, or pulmonary function testing (the quality and force of exhaled air); peak expiratory flow, the greatest amount of air that can be exhaled; and oximetry, measure of the amount of oxygen in your blood. Exercise-induced asthma is highly preventable when the condition is recognized, properly diagnosed, and effectively managed.
Shannon Eversley: I can do things I used to not be able to do. They might say, "Oh, since you have asthma, maybe you shouldn't do this thing. Well, if I'm on the team, sometimes we score, sometimes we lose, and if we lose, it's no big deal because at least I got to play."
Narrator: Talk to your doctor about which options will work best for your condition.