FCAAIA Notes: In elderly patients with asthma and COPD which is the lesser of two evils, high exposure to air pollution or not exercising? According to this study, exercise is the winner. It is important to make sure your disease is in optimal control and you might require albuterol pre-treatment before exercise. But, then you should exercise regualrly.
Of course, exercise has many benefits beyond respiratory health. By the way, if you don’t consider yourself elderly, don’t think we are letting you off the hook….You should still be exercising regularly! Continue reading “EXERCISE GOOD FOR ASTHMA, COPD EVEN WITH POLLUTION EXPOSURE”
FCAAIA Notes: This article is a reminder of what we already know: People with asthma who have symptoms with exercise should “pre-treat” with albuterol. Warm up and cool down periods are also useful. Of course, other factors such as baseline level of control, allergen exposure during exercise, and air pollution levels affect how easily exercise triggers symptoms. Continue reading “PUFF BEFORE EXERCISE HELPS BREATHING”
FCAAIA Notes: Better physical conditioning can lead to improved overall asthma control. Swimming is often a great way for children with asthma to exercise. The humid air of indoor pools can lessen the risk of exercise-induced asthma symptoms. On the other hand, a small proportion of patients with asthma will tolerate only brominated, but not chlorinated pools. In those instances, the thin layer of chloramines that forms just above the water surface creates an irritant to the airway and triggers asthma symptoms. There is no reason to avoid chlorinated pools unless you always have problems when swimming in them. Continue reading “SWIMMING POOL ATTENDANCE, ASTHMA, ALLERGIES, AND LUNG FUNCTION IN THE AVON LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN COHORT”