They're among the best athletes in the world, but did you know that more than 1 in 6 Olympians has a condition known as exercise-induced asthma? It's especially common among winter athletes. By some estimates, as many as half of all top ice skaters, hockey players and cross country skiers have Exercise-induced Asthma (EIA).
People with EIA usually have difficulty breathing 5 to 20 minutes after exercising and can experience symptoms like wheezing, coughing and chest tightness. But being diagnosed with this common condition doesn't mean you have to be a couch potato! Kaiser Permanente allergy doctor and asthma expert, Dr. Pete Cvietusa tells us, with proper treatment patients with EIA can stay active and reach their full potential.
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