The Asthma Center

Sports Asthma Terminology

"Sports Asthma" and "Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)" vs. "Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm (EIB)"

Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness may be a sign of bronchospasm resulting from exercise even if you have no history of asthma. This syndrome is often referred to as Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm (EIB) or, in those with a known history of asthma, as Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA). More recently, the term Sports Asthma has been adopted to describe these symptoms. Physicians may use the terms "EIA" and "Sports Asthma" interchangeably; however, the term EIB includes individuals who suffer exercise-induced asthma-like symptoms without a prior history or findings of asthma.