Exercise-Induced Asthma: Clinical Manifestations

  • Peter J. Helms
Part of the Allergy Frontiers book series (ALLERGY, volume 3)


Exercise induced broncho-constriction (EIB) is a cardinal feature of asthma and with its greatest impact on children, active adults and elite athletes. Although its patho-physiology has been extensively studied, the relative contributions of airway cooling and water loss, reflex broncho-constriction and mediator release remain uncertain. Objective assessment by lung function contributes to the diagnosis of asthma and can separate reported symptoms from breathlessness due to lack of physical fitness and laryngeal dysfunction. Objective documentation of EIB is a pre-requisite for demonstrating the requirement for pharmacological management in elite athletes. In view of the importance of exercise in maintaining health the identification of and control of EIB forms a central part of asthma management.


Allergy Clin Immunol Respir Crit Elite Athlete Ipratropium Bromide Nedocromil Sodium 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter J. Helms
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  1. 1.Department of Child HealthUniversity of Aberdeen, Royal Aberdeen Children's HospitalAberdeenUK

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