Exercise-induced anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction to exercise. Symptoms vary, but usually a patient with exercise-induced anaphylaxis may experience hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, itchiness, nausea, cramping, or diarrhea. Exercise is when someone puts a lot of physical energy into an activity. It can occur during different types of activity including playing basketball, running to catch a bus, or going for a bike ride. The condition is rare and can be inherited (passed on between family members) or acquired in life. This means that a patient could have the disease from birth or develop it over the course of their life.
Diagnosis of this condition can be made at a doctor’s appointment. The best treatment for exercise-induced anaphylaxis is to avoid exercise. By staying away from activities that make you tired, patients lower their chances of having an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor about the level of exercise your body can handle and make a personal plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 30, 2018