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Exercise Induced Asthma

05/27/2010

Question:

I have exercise induced asthma and it gets realy bad if I an also out in cold weather. I also have pulmonary hypertension. How can I tell which one is causing my symptoms and when to treat it?

Answer:

That is a difficult situation.  It is hard for me to make a comment without knowing more about how your diagnosis of exercise-induced asthma was made, how bad the asthma really is, and how bad your pulmonary hypertension is.  You should always pre-medicate with albuterol before exercise if you have asthma.  If that gives you relief, then the symptoms are more likely to be from asthma.

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Response by:

Jonathan P Parsons, MD, MSc Jonathan P Parsons, MD, MSc
Clinical Associate Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University