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Can You Still Go To A Swimming Pool With Bronchitis?

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David Gill answered
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
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • 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:
  • How bad is it?
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.
  • Consult your doctor
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.
  • Age
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.
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Megan goodgirl answered

No I wouldn’t 

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Sophie Carroll answered

Bronchitis may also cause a sore throat and wheezing.Most cases of bronchitis can be treated easily at home with rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and plenty of fluids.You only need to see your GP if your symptoms are severe or unusual – for example, if:•your cough is severe or lasts longer than three weeks•you have a constant fever (a temperature of 38°C – 100.4°F – or above) for more than three days•you cough up mucus streaked with blood•you have an underlying heart or lung condition, such as asthma or heart failureYour GP may need to rule out other lung infections, such as pneumonia, which has symptoms similar to those of bronchitis. If your GP thinks you may have pneumonia, you will probably need a chest X-ray, and a sample of mucus may be taken for testing.If your GP thinks you might have an undiagnosed underlying condition, they may also suggest a pulmonary function test. You will be asked to take a deep breath and blow into a device called a spirometer, which measures the volume of air in your lungs. Decreased lung capacity can indicate an underlying health problem.In most cases, bronchitis will clear up by itself within a few weeks without the need for treatment. This type of bronchitis is known as "acute bronchitis". While you are waiting for it to pass, you should drink lots of fluid and get plenty of rest.In some cases, the symptoms of bronchitis can last much longer. If symptoms last for at least three months, it is known as "chronic bronchitis". There is no cure for chronic bronchitis, but there are several medications to help relieve symptoms. It is also important to avoid smoking and smoky environments, as this can make your symptoms worse.The bronchi are the main airways in your lungs, which branch off on either side of your windpipe (trachea). They lead to smaller and smaller airways inside your lungs, known as bronchioles.The walls of the bronchi produce mucus to trap dust and other particles that could otherwise cause irritation.Most cases of acute bronchitis develop when an infection causes the bronchi to become irritated and inflamed, which causes them to produce more mucus than usual.

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Robert Saurez answered

Absolutely NOT! Bronchitis is an infection in the lungs. Think of all the bacteria that is in a pool. Even with it being chlorinated, little kids still pee in it. If you truly have bronchitis you are probably on an antibiotic right? Don't take a chance with your health just to go for a swim.

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