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Exercise-induced Asthma/Other Allergic Reactions in the Athlete

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Many US athletes with exercise-induced asthma (EIA) and allergies won medals in the 1984 Olympics, proving that EIA need not sideline an athlete. This article reviews EIA and the pathophysiology of the condition as well as other allergic reactions. The development of EIA is influenced by the type and duration of exercise and by air contaminants. Air temperature and humidity have been recognized recently as more important factors. Exercising in a warm, humid environment and breathing slowly through the nose help to control EIA. Four groups of drugs that are safe and effective against EIA are discussed. Other allergic reactions include the upper respiratory tract, i.e. nose and sinuses as well as skin reaction to environmental exercises.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 1989

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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