By this point, our readers should know that swimming is an incredible exercise. But do asthma and swimming mix? Today’s post will go over this medical condition and whether or not taking a dip is advisable.
What is Asthma?First, let’s talk about the basics of asthma. In a nutshell, asthma is a common chronic inflammatory condition that affects the lungs and airways. A person who suffers from this condition can have difficulty catching a breath in certain conditions. Typically, these conditions can include breathing fumes, in humidity, during vigorous exercise or around heavy pollen. It makes sense that people wonder whether asthma and swimming mix.
Start by Consulting a Medical ProfessionalLet’s start with a basic disclaimer. As always, we strongly advise that you consult a medical professional. Internet research can be great, but all of our bodies are unique, and there are varying types of asthma. Be sure that your doctor has provided a proper diagnosis before you hit the water.
Yes, Asthma and Swimming MixAs this section’s title suggest, yes, generally asthma and swimming mix. In fact, swimming can be a great exercise for kids and adults with asthma. It can offer numerous health benefits. As we’ve written in the past, swimming is an excellent cardiovascular exercise. It works multiple muscle groups at once while improving lung capacity. Beyond this, current research doesn’t show any evidence that swimmers with asthma should be worried. In fact, there is quite a bit of evidence to show that the health benefits of swimming with asthma far outweigh the risks. The best bit of advice is to always keep an inhaler handy next to the water and to stop swimming if you begin to experience fatigue or feel an attack coming on. As always, practicing moderation and paying attention is key to swimming safety.
Potential Hazards of Swimming for People with AsthmaUnfortunately, there is one area where swimming and asthma may not mix. When it comes to chlorine, there is a possibility that some people are allergic to the pool cleaning chemical. Additionally, the fumes from the pool chemical can cause harsher reactions in people with asthma. These reactions to chlorine can be even worse for swimmers with asthma. In this case, people with asthma might also have the following symptoms:
- Coughing, especially at night, with exercise or when laughing
- Trouble breathing
- A tight feeling in the chest
- Wheezing/a squeaky or whistling sound
- Runny nose
- Stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion