The Allergy Clinic’s founder, dr Marinda McDonald appeared on Vision View Sports Radio’s Health Corner Show, where physiotherapist and presenter Lutendo Phaswana had a chat with her about asthma.

Dr McDonald explained the different types, like chronic and allergic asthma, as well as the causes and symptoms of this condition. They also unpacked why asthma is common amongst athletes like swimmers.

The good news is that athletes with asthma can continue to stay competitive despite their asthma – from a physical and regulatory point of view – provided they seek the appropriate treatment.

Dr McDonald explains: “I have a very strong belief that you can have a completely normal life with asthma. If you are struggling with the control of your asthma, it’s essential to seek a medical practitioner with experience in managing asthma and in managing your level of activity.

“It does not need to be expensive treatment. It just needs to be consistently applied. And you can have an absolutely normal sporting career on asthma medication. There’s no doubt about that!”

Listen to the podcast below:

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Film Base · May 23, 2019 at 9:17 am

Symptoms of asthma can be caused by triggers. Common asthma triggers include: tobacco smoke, dust mites, air pollution, pollen, mold, respiratory infections, physical activity, cold air and allergic reactions to some foods.

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