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Winter exercise tips for asthmatics
Exercise is a common trigger for asthma and may cause symptoms in 80-90% of asthmatics. Cold dry winter air can also make breathing difficult for asthmatics, which may result in shortness of breath, wheezing, cough or chest tightness.

THE SYMPTOMS can occur during, just after or several hours after exercise, according to health experts. The Heart Care Foundation of India released few exercise tips for asthmatics during the winter season.

Get your asthma fully controlled during winter

Cooling and drying of the bronchial airways can trigger an asthma attack

Avoid strenuous exercise in cold dry air

Avoid winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, or ice-skating 

Use the bronchodilator inhalers, 20 minutes prior to exercise

Keep the inhalers warm in order to avoid a cold aerosol spray 

"Warm-up" and "cool-down" after strenuous exercise

When exercising in cold air, wear a scarf or facemask over the nose and mouth to warm the air one is breathing

Drink plenty of liquids before and after exercise to prevent drying of the airways

Exercise indoors when outdoor temperatures drop

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