I agree with what everyone has already said about the cold being a trigger. I also wondered whether it was the fact that you were in a race was also a factor - you were probably working much harder than on a normal training run and perhaps also a bit more tense because it was a race situation - perhaps also consider relaxation / breathing techniques? Mention it to your doctor, they may recommend carrying the inhaler with you when you run in case you get wheezy but they know your individual case best so follow their advice.
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51 11/2/13 10:24 P
I have had asthma my entire life...Cold weather and the different seasons does make it worse. You definitely have to listen to your body...Once you start wheezing take your inhaler and pace yourself because it is unhealthy to keep pushing when it is uncomfortable to breathe. I pushed myself like that in the gym a few times and it scared the crap out of me because it went from bad to worse very quickly.
Don't ever let it hold you back, just know your limits and pace yourself. Also, be completely honest with your doc about the symptoms and what activities are triggering your attacks. He may be able to prescribe you a preventive inhaler as well...
If you're pre treating with your inhaler and still have symptoms, don't be afraid to treat again as rescue. Tell your doctor how often you're having to use your inhaler as rescue. This will help them decide if you need to be on a maintenance med.
I have had asthma for years. I try to work out and go slow at exercising if I wheeze.. That is all we can do one moment at a time..
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11/2/13 3:55 P
Yes, the cold weather can make a difference. So can humidity, and so can the change in temperature/pressure, etc. Try getting outside and walking at least half an hour before the race--get yourself accustomed to the change in weather and humidity before adding the extra stress of running. And as everyone else said, talk to your dr. Wheezing is not a good thing--it pretty much means your lungs are closed up and you're not getting the oxygen to where it needs to be.
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10/28/13 8:18 A
I agree..I have had asthma all of my life, listen to your body; don't let it cripple you.
I agree with Obiesmom - Asthma is absolutely affected by cold weather/air. I would try her suggestions if they work for you. I, personally, can't stand to breathe like that, so I choose to exercise indoors all year round.
This is also something to bring up with your doctor. They need to know every instance that you are having issues. They may say that it is the weather, but it may be something else. They may also up your usage of your inhaler - NOT something to do without your doctor since you have been recently diagnosed.
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10/28/13 1:17 A
I've had it for years. It hasn't stopped me yet. Just listen to your body.
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10/27/13 8:50 P
I have very mild EIA - mine is usually coughing for several hours after a run.
cold weather does make it MUCH worse. If you can run wearing something that covers your nose and mouth (either a scarf or a thin ski type mask), that will warm the air as you inhale. It really makes a BIG difference
I was recently diagnosed with exercise induced asthma and prescribed an inhaler to be used one hour before exercise. I haven't had trouble with the wheezing and cough since I started the inhaler until today. Today, during a 10k race, I definitely had some tightness in my chest and the start of some wheezing, despite using the inhaler. Could that be due to the cold weather and not being used to it?
If anyone has some advice, it would be most welcome. I really enjoy running and have been able, for the most part, to run through the wheezing but it it extremely uncomfortable.