Exercise: Is it a Breeze or a Wheeze?

Have you ever been out on a great walk or run, when you were interrupted by wheezing? Or perhaps after your workout you started wheezing and/or coughing. This is frustrating, and it can be serious! If this has happened to you, you’re not alone! Over 14 million people in the United States are affected by a chronic lung disease asthma. Contrary to popular belief, asthma is not just for kids. Adults in their 30s and 40s, and even seniors can (and do) develop asthma. Asthma is characterized by three airway problems: obstruction, inflammation, and hyperresponsiveness. Airway obstruction is responsible for the wheezing and coughing associated with asthma. It is believed that airway obstruction is initiated by inflammatory events in the airway. Airway inflamation is brought on by the release of histamine from the mast cells, and causes the glands within the inner walls of the lungs to produce excess mucus…