Asthma has been on a dramatic rise since the 80's in both adults and children. This is quite disturbing and there have been no clear links established as to why this is happening.
In my opinion,environmental pressures from pesticides and urban pollution plus current stressful lifestyles are contributing factors to this alarming disease of our times. Researchers haven't pinpointed an exact cause yet. Exercise can be a trigger for an asthma attack and it needs to be checked out.
There is no cure at the moment and symptoms can only be managed through medications and natural treatments.
Read about how it can affect your kids when they're exercising here…
SIOUX FALLS, SD –
The number of kids diagnosed with asthma has risen dramatically over the last few years. In the US, asthma cases have increased by more than 60 percent since the early 1980s.
“What you are going to notice most of the time is that as you are exercising, you feel more short of breath. You may be wheezy. It may be difficult to take a breath in or get that breath fully out and you just don't feel you can work up to your potential,” Avera Medical Group Dr. Kari Hultgren said.Hultgren says other signs could be if your child coughs a lot or breaths loudly while getting physical activity.
“If you have untreated asthma, you can have an attack and your airways can theoretically close at some point,” Hultgren said.
If you think your child might have exercise-induced asthma, it's a good idea to bring them to the doctor's office because there is medication available.
“Getting evaluated and getting on the right medications is pretty key,” Hultgren said.
Many asthma patients take medication before doing a sport or other physical activity.
“If it is linked to some allergy symptoms, allergy season is coming up, so if you can be on top of things and make sure you're pre-medicating with your inhaler before you even go outside or do any sort of physical activity at this point will help you feel a lot better,” Hultgren said.
Hultgren says some people can develop exercise-induced asthma as they get older or move to a new location.
SOURCE: Casey Wonnenberg at Keloland TV