EXERCISE CHALLENGE TEST

EXERCISE CHALLENGE TEST

There are several conditions that are examined with an exercise challenge.

  1. People may experience normal lung function at rest. A condition, called exercise-induced asthma, is present if they develop airway constriction during or after exercise.
  2. Exercise-induced anaphylaxis is a rare but serious condition. It can cause hives, fainting, vomiting, and/or difficulty breathing during a workout. Symptoms can last up to 4 hours afterwards.
  3. Eating certain foods before exercising may incite an allergic reaction. Peanuts, shellfish, tomatoes, corn and wheat are associated with exercise-induced anaphylaxis. But any food can cause a reaction.

An exercise challenge is designed to test lung function during exercise. A baseline lung function is measured. The patient exercises on a treadmill and intensity is increased as repeat measurements are taken. Our care providers are present throughout the test to monitor tolerance and treat any emerging problems.

A couple of suggestions when having an exercise challenge test:

    • Wear fitness clothing and athletic shoes
    • Stop any medications in advance as we have specified
    • Do not exercise on the day of the test
    • Eat lightly prior to the test
Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Exercise Challenge Test

Notice to allergen immunotherapy patients

Due to the emergency conditions of the pandemic, we temporarily allow allergen immunotherapy patients to wait in their vehicles. We feel it is now safe for all patients to wait in the waiting room. We are requiring this of all allergen immunotherapy patients effective immediately.

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