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Symptoms and treatment for exercise-induced Asthma in St. Charles, IL

exercise-induced Asthma in St. Charles, IL
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Physical activity is a great way to stay healthy, lose weight, and reduce risk diseases. Unfortunately, many people experience symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath that make it difficult to exercise. This condition, known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, occurs when there is narrowing of the tubes that deliver air to your lungs. EIB does not have to keep people from being active. With a proper diagnosis and understanding of the condition, people with EIB can remain healthy and participate in exercise.

Symptoms of EIB typically begin to occur within five to 30 minutes of beginning exercise. The most common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest. Low temperatures or dry air can also exacerbate EIB symptoms. This is because during strenuous exercise, people tend to breathe more through their mouth. The cold, dry air is then delivered directly to the lungs without passing through the nose to be warmed and humidified. Other triggers may also include respiratory infections, nasal allergies, high pollen counts, or excessive air pollutants.

Diagnosing EIB involves a medical history along with a breathing test at rest and an exercise test. If the breathing test is positive for asthma, you may be given an inhaled medication and asked to repeat the test. Patients whose breathing test is normal will need to perform the exercise test.

Treatment for EIB depends on the individual and diagnosis. Patients who have generalized asthma may benefit from regular control medications. Other patients may only need medications right before exercise, such as albuterol.

In addition to medications, there are lifestyle changes that you can make to better control your asthma symptoms. Certain activities such as swimming, walking, biking, and hiking are all great options for patients with EIB. Team sports are also a good option, as they typically require short bursts of energy. Long distance running, soccer, and basketball are all activities that require long periods of activity and may not be best suited for patients with EIB.

An asthma diagnosis does not mean that you have to stop being active. If you are in the St. Charles, IL area and are experiencing any symptoms of EIB, call us today to set up an evaluation.


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Dr. Noga Askenazi, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.

Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.