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Exercise-Induced Allergic Reactions

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The Manual's Editorial Staff

Medically Reviewed Jan 2021 | Modified Sep 2022
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What are exercise-induced allergic reactions?

What happens during an exercise-induced allergic reaction?

Exercising can trigger:

Sometimes an anaphylactic reaction is caused by eating certain foods, especially wheat or shrimp, before exercising.

How do doctors tell if I have an exercise-induced allergic reaction?

Doctors will have you do an exercise challenge test:

  • Doctors measure how much air you can exhale before and after exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill

How do doctors treat exercise-induced allergic reactions?

Doctors will have you:

  • Take medicine about 15 minutes prior to starting exercise

  • Take asthma medicine, if you have asthma

  • If you had an anaphylactic reaction, avoid whatever triggered it

  • Carry a syringe of epinephrine, a fast-acting medicine for allergic reactions, with you in case of emergency

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Generic Name Select Brand Names
Adrenaclick, Adrenalin, Auvi-Q, Epifrin, EpiPen, Epipen Jr , Primatene Mist, SYMJEPI, Twinject
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