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Clearing lungs before work outs.
JacS599 posted:
Hey everyone,

Does anyone have any good tips or tricks to getting gunk out before work outs?

I've just started running, and take 2 puffs of ventolin before I get going. Using the ventolin usually also loosens up gunk that's sitting in my chest, but it's not always easy to get out, and takes about 10 - 15 mins after starting my work outs before I can get good deep breaths going. Any tips on clearing it out quickly? It's mostly in my right lung.

I've heard about those flutter thingies. Do they work?
amcate responded:
I don't know of flutter thingies. I normally wait 20 min after taking rescue medicine before working out. If the inhaler isn't working very well, then I use the nebulizer to help get the gunk out since it does a better job opening the lungs than the inhaler does.
JacS599 replied to amcate's response:
I don't have bad enough asthma to require a nebulizer, maybe I'll just wait an extra few minutes, or maybe walk a bit longer before I begin to run.

I'm able to run 10 straight minutes now, and then 20 total within a 40 minute work out.

I can't believe I went most of my life thinking I couldn't run because I was over weight and lazy, when it was really asthma that was keeping me on the couch. I'm so thankful for my current doc! Haha. I always knew there was an active person trapped inside an inactive person who just couldn't breathe well.
amcate replied to JacS599's response:
Congratulations on your accomplishments. Allegists have normally told me to give rescue inhalers 20 minutes to work. Ask your doctor, but another possible course of action would be to take 4 inhalations instead of 2....but whether that's safe depends on other medical things going on with ask your doctor.

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