Exercise-induced asthma is a well-known phenomenon, particularly affecting children and young adults. It is characterized by bronchial narrowing, triggered by hyperventilation due to physical effort. Because of its prevalence and significance, it has an important social impact. In order to discuss the mechanism of exercise-induced asthma, we reviewed the literature, considering the more recent studies and the different hypotheses: changes of temperature and humidity in the airway, the vascular role, and the humoral mechanism. The real presence of a late asthmatic reaction is also discussed. A brief discussion of pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment is included.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||European Respiratory Review|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine