Exercise Induced Asthma & Allergy Treatment Center

Dr. Storms has been a consultant with the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for over 30 years and has treated many athletes with allergies and asthma, from recreational joggers to elite athletes to Olympic gold medalists. He is a well-known expert on exercise-induced asthma and has served as Chairman of the Sportsmedicine Committees of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.  He has published articles on the diagnosis and treatment of exercise-induced asthma.

Do You Suffer From Exercise Induced Asthma?

Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction is much more common than most people realize.  Many athletes think they are just “out of shape” or they think it is normal to have shortness of breath, coughing, or chest congestion after exercise.  This condition is much more prevalent in climates that are cold and dry (such as Colorado).  The testing for EIB is sometimes difficult to do.  The best test is to do the breathing test (spirometry) in the person’s sport before and after the particular exercise.  However, this is very impractical.  There are a number of other tests that are done such as an exercise treadmill test through the hospital, but this is not very accurate.  The most accurate test, recommended by the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission, is the eucapnic voluntary hyperpnea test (EVH).

Sports Asthma Diagnosis & Treatment:

In 2006 the William Storms Allergy Clinic introduced a standardized test for exercise-induced asthma, called Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperpnea (EVH) which is simple to perform and does not require running on a treadmill or inhaling irritant chemicals. The William Storms Allergy Clinic performs EVH testing on a regular basis.  We are the only clinic in the Front Range that performs such a test.

It’s important to realize that a number of allergies can affect sports performance in addition to exercise-induced asthma (properly called exercise-induced bronchoconstriction – EIB).;

  • Nasal Allergies
  • Sinus Allergy
  • Chronic Cough
  • Environmental Allergies

For the athlete with environmental allergies, it is important to identify those allergies with proper allergy testing and then to treat the allergies in order to optimize the person’s performance in their sport.

Request an appointment or Call 719-955-6000 if you have any symptoms of exercise-induced asthma such as coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.