Exercise induced asthma, or natural reactions to running in cold?

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   Posted 12/28/2011 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

I used to run 3 miles and not have any asthma symptoms. That was six months back. I haven't ran since because I didn't have the time.

Yesterday, I had time to run because of winter vacation, so I ran in the rain. It was my first time doing any true running, and I started to get asthma symptoms. I had some wheezing and my throat felt a bit narrower, but I didn't have any tightness in the chest or coughing or extreme fatigue. I'm not sure if my symptoms were because of exercise induced asthma, whether they were natural reactions to running in the cold for the first time, or because I haven't ran in a while.

Today, I ran again in the cold weather. It wasn't raining today, but after my first half a mile I started to notice a bit of wheezing and slight narrowing in the throat. I was still able to run another mile and a half until I stopped (when I did stop, it was because my legs were tired, not because of my asthma). After the run, I noticed I still had some wheezing in the throat.

Given all of this in mind, do my symptoms suggest I have exercise induced asthma, or that they were natural reactions to running in the cold for the first time and not having run in a while?


- I'd like to add that as a kid, I had asthma. However, I visited the doctor a number of years ago and he tested my asthma. He said that it had died down and that I didn't need an inhaler anymore.

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   Posted 12/29/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to make an appt and be tested again. Cold air is notorious for bringing on an asthma attack along with physical exercise. In my opinion, it does sound like your asthma has returned.
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   Posted 12/31/2011 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply,

I plan on making an appointment with my doctor or a pulmonologist to be tested for exercise induced asthma.

I noticed that as I ran more frequently in the cold, though, I was able to run longer and with less asthma symptoms. Each time I ran, I would have less wheezing than the last time. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but do you think this could suggest that it may not be exercise-induced asthma?


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   Posted 1/5/2012 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Its either exercise induced asthma aka sports asthma, however, it would be all the time you took a run.

Or it could be you stumbled on a trigger of your asthma. Very cold air is a trigger for my asthma.

So, perhaps asking a pulmologist
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   Posted 7/6/2012 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I certainly find running in the cold, especially if there is a cold wind, the hardest. Have run marathons in sub-Zero nd also over 30 degrees. I much prefer the warm air (so far). Some thoughts on running with Asthma here: http://tentsmuir.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/running-with-asthma-diabetes/
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