People with asthma
having varying symptoms related to their illness
. Some are affected only rarely, some only with exercise- or cold-induced symptoms, and others with more severe disease are affected with daily breathing problems such as wheeze and cough. Medications should be titrated according to the frequency and severity of symptoms, prescribed in a step-wise manner. Most asthmatics use at least a short-acting bronchodilator (a medication that opens up the airways, such as albuterol) for acute symptoms of difficulty breathing. If taken before an athletic event, it may help prevent the onset of your symptoms. If this does not do the job, you should talk with your doctor
about other medications that can be used on days when you are going to be physically active. These medications may including inhaled steroids and/or long-acting bronchodilators.