|Effects of Cold Weather Exercise on Airway Mucosal Function|
Exercise induced asthma is a common problem in human athletes. The inspiration of cold air most likely exacerbates the inflammatory process, considering the high incidence of asthma in athletes that compete in cold environments.
Preliminary studies in this laboratory indicate horses that exercise while breathing cold air also develop lower airway inflammation. Horses may serve as excellent models of cold-air induced asthma in humans. Current studies utilizing scintigraphic techniques will determine the effect of breathing cold air during exercise on pulmonary mucosal permeability, and mucociliary clearance in horses.