Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

2012, Vol 10, Num, 2     (Pages: 053-062)

Asthma and exercise

Ömür AYDIN 1, Gülfem ÇELİK 1,

1 Ankara Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Göğüs Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, İmmünoloji ve Allerji Hastalıkları Bilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye

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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of airways. Exercise is a triggering factor for respiratory symptoms. A majority of patients with asthma might have to restrict their physical activity in daily life due to exercise-induced bronchospasm. On the other hand, exercise has beneficial effects on asthmatic airways. Athletes comprise an important group of patients who might commonly experience exercise-induced bronchospasm due to heavy exercise and have asthma diagnosis. For a long time it is of interest for authorities what the pathogenesis of exercise-related symptoms is and how to approach to these symptoms for making correct diagnosis of asthma. In this paper, relation between asthma and exercise will be assesed from different points of view and pathogenesis, diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment modalities will be discussed in lights of literature data.

Keywords : Asthma, exercise, bronchospasm, exercise induced bronchoconstruction