Technically speaking yes, you can go swimming while still suffering from Bronchitis. The jury however, seems to be very much out on whether or not it is an advisable practise to go swimming with Bronchitis. While it may be true that regular light exercise in general can help ease the symptoms of Bronchitis, controversial issues over chlorine and the quality of air surrounding a swimming pool environment may actually exacerbate the problem.
Common symptoms of Bronchitis include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Bringing up phlegm and mucus
It's easy to see why heading to the swimming pool could amplify these symptoms and worsen the condition. Swimming can be a fairly strenuous exercise, and exerting the body while ill is never the best idea, however, if you are in a reasonably healthy condition otherwise then some light swimming may alleviate some symptoms like a good walk can. The inference here is to take it easy, not to put to much pressure on your immune system and not to take any unnecessary risks.
There are some factors that should be taken into consideration if you're considering venturing out to the local public swimming pool while suffering with Bronchitis:
If you're struggling to catch your breath or coughing up mucus every few minutes then common sense should say that your body really isn't up for any exercise and the best form of treatment is plenty of rest.
You may think it's the best thing for you but in most cases the doctor will be able to give you the best individual advice.
As a general rule, elderly or young children should not be put at risk, although personal fitness could trump this; a sprightly 70 year old may be fine while an unhealthy, unfit 55 year old may be more susceptible to aggravation of their condition.