Asthma and swimming

What is asthma ?

Asthma is a common, chronic inflammatory condition affecting the lungs and airways. When exposed to a range of stimuli like fumes, fog, cold air, pollen and even exercise, individuals with asthma may experience wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath. It can sometimes be connected with claustrophobia. Severe attacks of asthma can be life-threatening.

What you need to know about asthma and swimming.

Swimming is a preferred activity for many people with asthma and is associated with a range of health benefits, including improved physical fitness and mental well-being.

  • Traditionally, swimming is recommended for people with asthma, as the warm and humid environment is less provocative.

  • Some recent studies suggest a possible link between asthma symptoms and the use of chlorine in the pools. The underlying thinking is that chlorine and its by-products may act as an airway irritant. This is why outdoor swimming pools are better for people with asthma rather than indoor swimming pools.

  • Based on the current research, there is not evidence to suggest that recreational swimming can make well-controlled asthma worse. Indeed, small studies suggest that swimming may have a beneficial effect on lung function, general fitness and asthma symptoms.

Tips for swimming with asthma.

Do :

  • Use the 'nose' test : if you notice an strong chemical smell after being in the pool environment for more than three minutes, then it may suggest an imbalance in the pool chemicals or problems with pool ventilation. You should not spend long in the water and inform the pool management.

  • Always shower prior ton entering the water to help maintain good water conditions.

  • Always keep your 'reliever' inhaler poolside.

  • consider using your 'reliever' inhaler (as prescribed) 10 minutes before starting to swim.

  • Warm up and cool down appropriately to reduce the risk of exercise induced asthma

  • Consult your GP if swimming seems to make your asthma worse. It may be a sign that your current treatment is not optimal.

Don't :

  • Swim on days where your asthma symptoms are troubling or if you have a bad cold.

Specific tips.

Open water swimming :

Remember that the water temperature might be colder. Which may affect your asthma.

  • Carry your inhaler with you if swimming far from the shore. A waterproof wallet or waist bag can be helpful.

Swimming far from home :

  • Remember that different climates may affect your usual asthma control, especially changes in humidity, pollen count or air quality. As you may need to modify your inhaler use, discuss with your GP or asthma nurse before you travel.

  • Consider local pool hygiene standards as they may be variable.

(source : Swim England)

100% Pure Himag Oil and Asthma

Our 100% Pure Himag Oil has been found effective to greatly improve the health condition of the people with asthma.

If you drink it twice every day, as we recommend it, you should be ok to go for a swim, be it in a pool or in an open water.

Tips :

  • If you fear that your asthma might get worse while swimming, just drink one tea spoon of 100% Pure Himag Oil some 10 to 20 minutes before jumping in the water.

  • Always keep a bottle of 100% Pure Himag next to your usual inhaler. And drink a tea spoon of it after using your inhaler if you start an attack.

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