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Can You Exercise with Bronchitis?



You should NOT exercise with bronchitis while the infection is acute.

Bronchitis is a condition caused by the inflammation of the lung’s air passages. This condition can come on suddenly or it can become a chronic problem and last for several months. While some people can continue to exercise while bronchitis exists, others who experience wheezing and shortness of breath may need to take a break until symptoms subside.

If you have bronchitis, you may develop symptoms such as fever, cough, chest pressure, shortness of breath and wheezing. If you have allergies or another type of infection, your symptoms may be worse. Since bronchitis causes wheezing in some people, doctors recommend avoiding strenuous exercise while the infection is acute. If you exercise, be sure to avoid anything that causes your heart rate to become elevated. It is usually best to stick to low-impact exercises while you have bronchitis, such as water aerobics, yoga and walking at a moderate pace.

While exercising with a lung infection such as bronchitis, always drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Stop exercising and contact your doctor if you have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing or feel faint. Getting a flu vaccine may decrease your chances of developing bronchitis, as well as washing your hands frequently.



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