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Old 01-15-2005, 04:28 PM   #1
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Swimming bad for asthma?

Hi, I saw something on the news ages ago about how swimming can be just as bad as smoking for asthmatics. I think they said it was the chemicals they put in but I'm not sure. Anyone have more info on this?

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Old 01-15-2005, 04:33 PM   #2
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Re: Swimming bad for asthma?

I heard that from my doctor when I was there the other day...

Old 01-16-2005, 05:03 AM   #3
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I have always heard that swimming is good for asthmatics, the breathing control required helps us regain control during attacks and increases our lung function. Some asthmatics are sensitive to the chemicals used to keep pools clean, so it's obviously not good for all of us! I guess this is another case of the newspapers scare mongering.... yet again. However if swimming adversly affects your asthma... just don't go! or swim in the sea. I expect you would know if it makes your asthma worse, like went you sit in a smoky pub.

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Old 01-16-2005, 05:43 AM   #4
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Re: Swimming bad for asthma?

My pulmonologist says swimming is excellent for asthma. Most exercise-induced asthmatics have a problem with other sports because their airways cool, but since pool air is warm and moist, most don't have a problem with swimming. Of course, some other asthmatics do have a problem with chlorine and bromine used in the pool because it can provoke an attack -- chlorine is a respiratory irritant in any amount, and in very high amounts, it's very dangerous, but pool staff are always checking the amount to make sure it's just right.

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