I love to run but I have asthma. I have an inhaler but it doesn't help much
before, when, or after I'm running. Is there anything else like a different medicine
that would help me do what I love again? – Alicia*
Yes! You should be able to get your asthma
under control. Exercise is essential to good health, and it's great that you love
running so much. So make an appointment with your doctor to talk about what's going
It sounds like you may need to adjust your medicine or add a new one. As they grow,
it's very common for teens with asthma to need changes in their medicines, such as
a higher dose.
Your doctor can help you find what works best for you. Sometimes it can take a
few tries to find the best option, so talk with your doc about what works and what
Bring your inhaler to your doctor to show how you use it. Maybe you aren't using
it correctly and your doc can help with that. It can also help to go over your asthma action plan
to make sure you understand the instructions.
Try to avoid things your asthma
triggers. You might need to keep track of pollen
or mold counts to see when it's OK to run outside. If the air is cold while you run,
it can help to wear a scarf or ski mask over your mouth.
It's important to get help because your asthma could get worse, and the next flare-up
could be bad. It's best to see the doctor who has treated you in the past and knows
. He or she can make sure your symptoms are from asthma, not something
else. If you can't see your regular doctor, go to another or visit a clinic to get
the care you need.