Does Running Make A Sinus Infection Worse?

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Exercise with sinus infection
Exercise is OK if: Exercise is a definite no-no if:
Your sinus infection is mild, not severe. It usually improves after 10 days, especially if the viral infection is the underlying cause. The problem is severe or if it gets worse! Sometimes it can be a lot to cope with. It also can be chronic, difficult to relieve. When it doesn’t improve after 10 days, see a doctor!
In general, exercise is safe if the symptoms are mild – and all of them are ‘above’ the neck. These include nasal congestion, runny nose, mild sore throat, and sneezing. You have symptoms ‘below’ the neck. These include upset stomach, tiredness, or hacking cough.
Stop your workout if you have widespread muscle pains /aches, fatigue, and fever!
What else?
While most cases of sinus infection is not serious and even often gets better in time, in a few cases it can also be attributed by a number of health conditions such as allergy, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, more. If you have particular health condition that contributes to cause your sinusitis, there may be specific instructions you need to follow before exercise – ask your doctor for more guidance!

When you think that it’s OK to keep on the track, consider reducing the length & intensity of your workout. For example, take a walk or a brisk-walk instead of going for run!

Your doctor can help, but you know the most about your condition. Listen to your body (let your body be your best guide)! If you feel miserable and not ready for exercise, taking a few days off is worth a try and should not affect your performance. As you start to feel better, you can resume it gradually!