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Managing Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB)

In addition to medicine, your allergist will give you simple tips to prevent symptoms. These include:

  • Warm up at least 10 minutes before exercise
  • Breathe through the nose, and not the mouth
  • Use a face mask or scarf in cold weather
  • Cool down after exercise
  • Skip or limit exercise when the weather is really cold or dry, or, if you have allergies, when pollen counts are high
  • Exercise less, or less vigorously, if you have a virus, such as a cold

Are there exercises or sports I should avoid if I have EIB?

With proper treatment, EIB shouldn't stop anyone from exercising or doing sports. Some activities are more likely to trigger EIB. Usually these are sports that require a high level of energy or are done in cold, dry weather such as:

  • running
  • soccer
  • biking
  • basketball
  • cross-country skiing
  • ice hockey

Sports less likely to cause problems:

  • walking
  • hiking
  • golf
  • baseball
  • football
  • gymnastics
  • shorter track and field events
  • swimming

No matter what sport you do, your allergist can work with you to make sure you keep your condition under control.

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