n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Exercise-induced asthma : main topic




Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is found in about 80 - 90% of asthmatics <br>About 15% of athletes have EIA. <br>Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, and dyspnoea during or after exercise. <br>Lung function test in conjunction with exercise challenge test imperative. <br>The condition can be adequately treated, which permits exercise without constraint. <br>The refractory period can be used to an athlete's advantage in reducing competition symptoms. <br>Pre-exertional use of beta-agonists is the commonest mode of management. <br>Environmental factors must be taken into account and manipulated when possible. <br>Regular follow-up is often necessary. <br>Be aware of doping regulations and applications of therapeutic use exemption.


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