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unmloborx Rookie 2 posts since
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Feb 7, 2006 4:51 PM

asthma induced by swimming

has anyone else experience asthma symptoms after swimming in an indoor pool?  It has gotten so bad that I have had to give up swimming. I tried to pre-medicate and use asthma medications but it doesn't seem to help.  Does anyone know if I swim in an outdoor pool will it improve? 

I have researched it and believe the cause is the gas that forms just above the water that triggers the attack.  I would appreciate any comments.

  • jkenny5150 Legend 252 posts since
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    1. Feb 8, 2006 2:16 PM (in response to unmloborx)
    Re: asthma induced by swimming

    I do not have asthma, but I have experienced trouble breathing in some indoor pools.  The explanation that I got from our coach was that the pool was recently shocked with chlorine and this was the effect of gases hovering above the water.  To answer your question, I don't think that your theory is that far-fetched and I believe it is very possible.  My suggestion to you is: 1. swim outdoors if possible, or 2. try swimming in another indoor pool if you can't go outside.

  • desertgrl35 Rookie 1 posts since
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    2. Feb 8, 2006 3:48 PM (in response to unmloborx)
    Re: asthma induced by swimming

    I also have exercise induced asthma. It is worst when in any public pool. try using the asthma meds 45 60 mins before getting into the pool.This seems make a big difference for me

  • dprince49 Rookie 1 posts since
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    3. Feb 27, 2006 5:31 PM (in response to unmloborx)
    Re: asthma induced by swimming

    I am not a swimmer, per se, but a runner. I have asthma ONLY when I run. I have been told this is not an uncommon "event"...it's called "exercised induced asthma"..anyone can get it from any form of exercise. (I only know one other person with this). Only answer is to try many different recognized asthma meds. There are also some good herbs, etc., but I don't remember which one worked for me, as it was 6 or 7 years ago I tried it out of desperation from a friend. Whatever it was.....it WORKED great. Wish I could help you. Perhaps you should ask a GOOD health food store or herbalist. Good luck!

  • Doris J48 Rookie 7 posts since
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    4. Jun 3, 2006 9:05 AM (in response to unmloborx)
    Re: asthma induced by swimming

    I have asthma, and I have found that swimming has improved my asthma so much that I no longer need to use medication.

     

    Chlorine is a funny chemical and can effect some people with asthma in this way, my husband suffers from this problem.  The only suggestion is to take medication before, and have it on poolside, just in case.

     

    It may be worth giving other pools a go, as there are different ways that Chlorine is put into the water, and you may find you are less sensitive depending on how it is done.

  • mench877 Amateur 10 posts since
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    5. Mar 1, 2012 11:45 PM (in response to unmloborx)
    asthma induced by swimming

    In fact swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for people with asthma because it usually causes the least amount of chest tightness.





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  • bonz04 Amateur 22 posts since
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    6. Apr 12, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to unmloborx)
    asthma induced by swimming

    Swimming can be a great exercise for people with asthma as you breathe in warm, moist air rather than the cold, dry air that can lead to asthma symptoms. Swimming can also help you develop good breathing practices.





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