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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-16

Flu

hi there doc i would like to know- i have had a bout of sinusitis, post nasal drip, nothing affecting my chest at all, a bit of a slimy cough though due to the post nasal and it is not a bad cough. I did not see adr but treated myself with homeopathic remedies and it is clearing up. That was last wk and i am almost symptom free, when can i start exercising? I would like to start with stretching yoga tomorrow and jogging on treadmill next week? is it safe? generally if you have had a flu that affects your chest do you still have to wait 2 wks before resuming even something like yoga? or is is about the intensity of an exercise that can be dangerous immediately after a chest infection? surely yoga should be fine, just want to know in case i do get flu this winter?

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HI there

Pretty much right away, provided you're sure that the symptoms you're left with are not those of a systemic infection. Particularly when it's yoga - you can do that pretty much right away, because the risk is low. That risk, obviously, is that a viral infection can affect the heart and then you can develop pericarditis which can be fatal.

However, for sinusitis, which is a local problem with inflammation of the sinuses and not a viral infection, it's different and so you can train. You might feel a bit lousy during training because your breathing will be affected and you might be a little tired, but if you just back off a little, you'd be fine.

If you get flu, then it's important to rest and recover well. No point risking it for the sake of a few days of training. For flu, a week after symptoms are cleared is usually safe, though again, those are just rules that don't always fit every case. The key is that the symptoms must be gone.

Good luck

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