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    What type of specialist to see?
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    An_254397 posted:
    15 months ago I got diagnosed with exercised-induced asthma. It was sudden onset with no problems during any of my training (up to 26miles) then during my first marathon going the same pace, I started having attacks every mile or more. I'm trying to figure out who I need to see to get a better handle on it. I've seen my PCP but daily Singulair and use of albuterol pre-runs is what she's recommended. I have to use the inhaler at least two puffs per hour to hour and a half or running even though I'm running 2min/mile slower than I did a year ago. Do I need to see an allergiest? pulmonologist? or other kind of specialist? Thanks!!
     
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    choo_chu responded:
    An allergist would be a good choice if you want to see a specialist.

    I run, swim and cycle. If I use 2 puffs of albuterol before I swim or ride, I'm fine. It'll last through a 3-hour bike ride and a 90-minute swim, no problem. However, if I use 2 puffs before a run, like you I end up using more an hour or so into my run. I started using 3 puffs before a run, and that seems to last for my entire run. If I'm running in inclement weather (cold or hot and humid), I use 4 puffs. My runs are typically around 90 minutes, with a long run of about 2.5-3 hours and a shorter run of about 60 minutes.

    I hope that helps. Good luck with your training!

    Good luck.


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