Asthma, allergy and sports in children

Allergic conditions unique to the sporting arena may serve as an impediment to participation in physical activity for allergic children.

Some examples include:

- exercise-induced asthma (very common)
- food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis
- exercise-induced anaphylaxis
- exercise-induced urticaria

Allergic children may also be at risk when exposed to allergens that are commonly found in the sports environment, e.g., latex, sports drinks, and medications such as NSAIDs. Specific physical factors may result in diminished allergen tolerance.

Here is an Exercise-induced Asthma Success Story shared on the ACAAI portal:



This success story follows 10-year-old Ben as he seeks exercise induced asthma relief from Allergists certified by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) (click to enlarge the image):



References:

Del Giacco SR, Carlsen K-H, Du Toit G. Allergy and sports in children. Pediatric Allergy Immunol 2012: 23: 11-20.

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