I have allergy-induced asthma, and I was worried that certain types of exercise, like running, would make it worse. Then a fellow asthma sufferer told me that it really helped to get their asthma symptoms under control, so I gave it a shot. After I started running, I was able to decrease my asthma medicine dosage to once per day, which was huge for me (I hate that I have to rely on it).
There is a right and wrong way to run when you have asthma so here are some tips that helped me:
- Figure out what times of day you are breathing the best and run then. If you tend to wake up not being able to breathe, then a prework run may not be the best idea for you.
- Take your asthma medicine every day as directed. Also, if your asthma is triggered by allergies, taking an allergy medicine such as Singulair or a nasal spray like Flonase may help to relieve your asthma symptoms so you'll be able to breathe freely when running.
- If you know that running triggers an asthma attack, take a puff or two of your rescue inhaler (Albuterol) before starting your run. The medicine will help open your airways, which can prevent an attack.
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