Exercise Induced Asthma and Phlegm

Having completed a 75+ mile charity ride yesterday in support of the excellent St. Peters Hospice, I was left thinking why do so many of the athletes completing the Tour de Bristol ride report of coughing, wheezing or tightness of the chest during or after such vigorous exercise?

According to the BootsWebMD website this morning … while it’s also known as Exercise Induced bronchoconstriction apparently, I’ll stick with the easier to handle ‘Exercise-Induced Asthma’.

Is exercise-induced asthma real? Yeap.

Isn't it just being out of condition? No (sign of relief).

Symptoms are usually most intense after exercising and then gradually improve; a reduction in the flow of air through narrowed airways brought on by exercise. Some people, particularly athletes, only have narrowing of the airways with exercise and no other symptoms of asthma.

There are a number of triggers of exercise-induced asthma. People with exercise-induced asthma tend to be sensitive to colder, drier air such as a winter jog on a chilly morning, cross country skiing or rowing on a cold river.

Considering it was very wet and cold yesterday in Bristol and across into South Wales, that makes a lot of sense. Working very intensely leads to breathing through the mouth rather than the nose. This means colder air is going straight to the lungs rather than passing through the nose which would normally warm it up first. Although its standard practice to warm up before exercise rather than starting off exercising vigorously, hadn’t thought to wear a face muffler which humidifies the air.

Amazon here I come.