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Does Exercise Make You Sick?
My life partner has been diagnosed with respiratory reactive disease. He is normally a cyclist and hiker. He was ill a great deal last fall and winter. What do you recommend he do to stay healthy and fit?
Answer (Published 9/21/2007)
Respiratory reactive disease, sometimes called reactive airway disease and better known as exercise-induced asthma, is a form of asthma that occurs among people who don’t have the allergies or recurrent infections that usually trigger asthma symptoms. Instead, their symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath) occur when they exert themselves, as in aerobic exercise. Fortunately, attacks are preventable with proper precautions, changes in diet and lifestyle, and with medications in the form of inhalers for use prior to exercise.
The following approaches can prevent or minimize symptoms:
Here are some other approaches that can help:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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