Simply stated, your airways temporarily constrict, which can cause you to cough. This is referred to as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).
How do I stop exercise-induced cough?
- Warm up with gentle exercises for about 15 minutes before you start more intense physical activity.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask when you exercise in cold weather.
- Try to breathe through your nose while you exercise.
How long does exercise-induced cough last?
The typical timeline for EIB symptoms: Start within three minutes of starting exercise. Peak within 10 to 15 minutes. Resolve by one hour after stopping exercise.
Do I have asthma or am I out of shape?
A key difference between the two conditions is that exercise-induced asthma often causes coughing, whereas simply being out of shape is unlikely to do so. The effects of EIB also tend to peak after exercise, while people who are out of shape typically notice that their symptoms rapidly improve after stopping exercise.