Q: We’re amazed that our young daughter with asthma loves swimming (indoors as well as out). We thought the water and chlorine would bother her lungs, but they don’t. Is swimming OK for, or even good for, asthma?
Dr. Bassett: Generally speaking, swimming is among the best exercise choices for a child, adolescent or young adult with asthma. The increased humidity of the air in the immediate environment of a pool or body of water offers a “breathable” space that is well tolerated by most.