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My daughter coughs and wheezes while playing soccer. Otherwise, she is okay. Another parent said she had exercise asthma. Should she stop exercising and see her doctor?
    
Yes. It sounds like your daughter has “Exercise Induced Asthma,” a condition that affects one out of ten professional athletes. Symptoms include a hacking cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and limited endurance. Symptoms usually appear after five to 15 minutes of exercise. Strenuous exercise in these youngsters, especially when it is cold outside, can make the airways in the lungs constrict, causing the symptoms. Prevention is the best treatment and here is where a visit to your daughter’s pediatrician comes in. The physician might prescribe an asthma inhaler for your daughter to use 15 minutes before strenuous exercise. In addition, taking time to slowly warm up before exercising will also reduce the incidence and intensity of an attack. In general, stopping exercise is the worst thing your daughter should do. She obviously enjoys playing soccer and if she stopped, the wheezing and coughing will become much worse whenever she starts again. Incidently, in the last summer Olympics, over 13 Gold medals were won my athletics who had “exercise induced asthma.”

 

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