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Does resting when mildly ill shorten the illness? (conversely, does working extend the time with symptoms)? It seems I can always force myself to work when I have allergy symptoms, head cold, sinus infection, etc. But does it pay?

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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Dr. Steven Tucker
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Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Dr. Steven Tucker
Thank
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Dr. Steven Tucker
Thank
Dr. Steven Tucker
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.

In brief: No - go to work!

Seriously, you need to define a difference between not feeling well and being "sick".
Mild viral illnesses come and go but a serious infection (pneumonia or kidney for example) requires rest. Ask yourself if you would want to have lunch with yourself when sick, that is a good litmus test. More important, you do need rest regularly (sleep 7-8 hours) to prevent illness.
Dr. Steven Tucker
Dr. Steven Tucker
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