Exercise is great for health and well-being, and having asthma shouldn't stop you playing sport or taking part in any other activity.
But sometimes people with asthma get symptoms when they exercise, especially in dry, cold air or without the right preparation. The symptoms usually depend on how long and hard you exercise and how dry and cool the air is.
If you get asthma symptoms when you get active, there are some things you can do:
Keep your reliever (e.g. Ventolin , Asmol , Bricanyl) handy and be prepared if your asthma flares up.If your asthma does flare up, don’t ignore it or hope the symptoms will go away by themselves.
Asthma symptoms after exercise are common but treatable. If exercise triggers your asthma symptoms, tell your doctor so you can find the treatment that works best for you. This could be as simple as taking a couple of puffs of your reliever as you warm up.
If symptoms still don't go away, follow your asthma action plan - you may need to see your doctor.
If you participate in competitive sports, make sure you and your doctor know which asthma medicines you are allowed to take.
You can check with the Sport Integrity Australia or the World Anti-Doping Authority
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.