Exercise induced asthma is a condition of the lungs that produces shortness of breath, wheezing, cough and/or chest tightness after exercise. Frequently the symptoms come on 2 to 5 minutes after exercise and then may persist until you have to stop exercising. In milder forms of the condition, a person can continue to exercise in spite of the symptoms, which go away after a number of minutes.
Diagnosing Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA)
Exercise induced asthma is caused by a narrowing of the bronchial tubes. To determine if you have exercise induced asthma, our expert team of doctors may conduct lung function tests or peak flow measurements before and after exercise.
A number of other medical conditions can mimic EIA. These include emphysema, fibrosis or scarring of the lung and heart problems. Part of your evaluation will be designed to rule out these other problems. Sometimes the pattern of your symptoms and your response to medication can help to rule out these other problems.