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Asthma Symptoms

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Running while sick?
What to do when a cold gets in the way of training.

Running while sick We've all been there. Fall and winter are excellent times to get your run on, due to the cooler temperatures. This also happens to be cold and flu season, lucky us. So you're sick and you are supposed to be putting some miles in, a race is coming up soon. What would batman do in this situation?

Dr. Cathy Fieseler gives the following bits of advice.

"There are a few basic rules about exercising while ill. If you are running a fever or have body aches, don’t work out. The greatest concern about exercising while ill is that it may increase the likelihood of developing myocarditis—infection of the heart muscle. This is probably more likely when fever and/or body aches are present.
Otherwise, use the neck check, a guideline recommended by Dr. Randy Eichner, prominent physician for the University of Oklahoma football program. If your symptoms are above the neck (sore throat, congestion, etc.) it is okay to work out if you are up to it. This is not a time to push the intensity of workouts; I’ve seen a number of people develop long-term symptoms after working out too intensely while ill. Moderate workouts should be fine.

More than ever, it’s important to make sure that you are getting adequate rest and fluids." [1]

Wanting to get a little more from this Dr. Randy Eichner character we Googled him and cross referenced it with running and found him on giving similar advice.

Do the "neck check" If there is no fever and all of the symptoms are above the neck—congestion, sore throat, etc.—then an easy workout would be OK. If symptoms are below the neck—significant cough, muscle aches, etc.—then a day off is in order. Pushing too hard may prolong the course of the illness and increase the potential for complications.

If you pass the neck check and your temperature is normal, you might consider racing, but your performance may not be up to par. Pushing the pace may also cause protracted illness. This can sometimes cause symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, negatively impacting your training for a prolonged period of time. [2]

So in summary it seems to be the opinion that you can run assuming you are not sick below the neck. So running with flu like symptoms like fever and body aches is a big no no. If you just have a sore throat you should be A OK.

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