On many occasions, children who suffer from allergy renounce to practice sport because both they and their parents fear that physical exercise aggravates their symptoms or triggers an asthma attack, however, pediatricians specializing in allergology say that regular physical exercise is not only beneficial for the respiratory system, muscles and system cardiovascular and promotes physical development, but reduces the symptoms that causes allergy in children affected by this disorder and helps them to lead a normal life according to their age.

The practice of sports has beneficial effects on the immune system and, in the case of allergic children, this helps to reduce the inflammation that produces the allergy

Experts say that the practice of sports has beneficial effects on the immune system and, in the case of allergic children, provides an additional advantage because it helps reduce the inflammation that occurs as a result of allergy. They recommend, that yes, that the exercise is carried out in a suitable environment and avoiding the factors that can trigger allergic reactions such as cold, dust, grass ... (in spring, for example, those allergic to pollen should practice it in enclosed spaces) , and that sports are chosen that imply a progressive physical effort and that allow to take breaks, such as swimming, tennis waves Martial Arts.

From the Spanish Society of Clinical Immunology and Pediatric Allergology (SEICAP) point out that it is very common that asthma has an allergic component, and that several studies indicate that this disease makes it difficult for one out of every five patients to practice physical exercise. For this reason, they advise consulting a pediatric allergist, who is qualified to establish criteria and an individualized treatment that allows the allergic child to include physical exercise in their daily life. In the opinion of Dr. Marcel Íbero, president of this Society, no child should dispense with sports because they do not have adequate treatment.

Source: SEICAP

Exercise-Induced Asthma (November 2019).