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Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)

Asked by Crumpet (1785 points ) October 22nd, 2012

I’ve been running in the morning (about 1.5/2 miles) for the past couple of weeks, and after the first 5 mins I start to wheeze and my chest feels tight. After the run I cough a bit too.
However, I initially put this down to fitness levels being low for the last two years, and the fact that I smoke. Although I’ve cut down a lot with my smoking, and generally never really smoke mores than 4 a day.
I had a quick google and saw a condition called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, and my symptoms seemed to match.
Also, I remember having to use an inhaler for a short period of time when I was about 10 years old, I can’t remember why, but it wasnt asthma.

Beside from grilling me about smoking (I am quitting, but very gradually at my own pace) are there any ways I can help prevent this?

I’m 22 shortly going on 23 if that’s any help, so age isn’t the problem.

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augustlan's avatar

I have exercise induced asthma, which I think is what you’re talking about. Using an inhaler is the way to go. When you had to use one when you were a kid, you were probably sick with something like bronchitis…I have to use my inhaler when I get that, too.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Talk to your doctor and try walking the 2 miles not jogging them. I can’t do any type of exercise in cold weather, I’ll start to wheeze in just a couple of minutes.

JLeslie's avatar

You should definitely see a doctor. A full blown asthma attack can kill you. I am not saying that as a diagnosis or that I have any real clue what is going on, because I don’t, but I definitely think if it is new and involves breathing you should take precautions now.

By the way, this is not a lecture or preaching, just information. Tobacco paralyzes the cilia in your lungs, small hair like thingies in your lungs that move the crap up and out of them. The paralysis lasts about 8 hours after a smoke. So, as long as you are smoking about every 8 hours you are not clearing much of the tar you have already deposited in your lungs. Smoking less is good, because you are not adding as much of the bad stuff as say if you smoked a pack a day, and not taking in those chemicals and stimulants into such large quantities daily, but your lungs are still full of bad stuff. If you want to heal your lungs, you need to stop smoking, let the crappy coughing happen that happens when you withdraw, which is your lungs clearing, to really start healing from smoking for years. This is part of the reasons many smokers cough in the mourning, they have not had their morning cilia paralyzing smoke.

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