Asthma is a disorder that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

For many asthma sufferers, timing of these symptoms is closely related to physical activity.  Exercise is an important way to stay healthy, so asthma shouldn’t keep you on the sidelines. An asthma specialist can develop a management plan to keep your symptoms under control before, during and after physicial activity.

Causes of Asthma

Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways, triggered by breathing in allergy-causing substances like animal dander, dust, chemicals int eh air, mold, pollen, tobacco smoke or other respiratory infections.  Asthma fits may also start with exercise (Exercise-induced-Asthma, EIA), changes in weather or strong emotions.


There is no cure for asthma, but symptoms can be controlled with effective asthma treatment and management. This involves taking medications as directed and learning to avoid triggers that cause your asthma symptoms. Dr. Fleekop can prescribe the best medications for your condition and provide you with specific instructions for using them.


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