Asthma & Swimming: What’s the Verdict?
This is a summary of a very recent study about Asthma & Swimming that appeared in the Irish Medical Journal by Dr. Elnazir & Dr. Malikiwi. Dr. Basil Elnazir is a Consultant in General & Respiratory Paediatrics and the appointed Asthma Society of Ireland Medical Committee Chariperson.
Ireland has one of the highest prevalence rates of asthma in the world with 1 in 7 children and 1 in 10 adults affected. Its symptoms are characterised by cough, feeling of chest tightness or wheezing which can be episodic or triggered by colds, sudden change in temperature, exercise or exposure to environmental allergens. Although some exercises can exacerbate its symptoms, swimming is considered a safe form of exercise based on the assumption that the humid environment is protective against exercise-induced asthma.
Unfortunately, conflicting reports emerging over the last two decades on the effects of swimming have created a cloud of confusion among parents and doctors. This article aims to provide healthcare professionals and patients with an up-to-date knowledge on this matter.
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