Running, coughing and the recurrence of asthmatic symptoms?

I used to be a big smoker and doctors told me, at the time, that I had asthma. I was on two inhalers but when i stopped smoking, my asthma cleared up and i haven't needed an inhaler for maybe 9 years.

However, I have discovered that, at least three runs, when i haven't even been badly out of breath, I've had a slight burning in my lungs and started coughing. I did wonder if it could be pollen but on at least one of the runs i was down by the sea and away from any sources of pollen.

Has anyone had a similar thing happen whether you have asthma or not?

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  • I have asthma and since running I have to use my inhaler a lot more in Summer due to pollen...sunglasses help... And remember you are out more too so more exposed to pollen etc.... I also used to love smoking....

  • I've had asthma since i was 5, the good old days when giving a 5yr old cortizone and wondering why i was hyperactive. Goodtimes. Burning doesnt really sound like a symptom of asthma that i have ever experiencd especially as you describe your breathing is ok.

    However!

    It could also be mild acid reflux (indigestion) inhaling small paricles of stomach acid can cause what your describing. I had this problem for years which was making my asthma worse despite medication. We eventually solved it. Other signs of this are a scratchy feeling throat / croaky voice, needing to clear your throat alot, thirsty alot.

    Hope this helps.

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