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Can I play football with pneumonia?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

If someone really has pneumonia they are not likely to have the energy or aerobic endurance to play and sport while ill.

In brief: No

If someone really has pneumonia they are not likely to have the energy or aerobic endurance to play and sport while ill.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
defiinately a bad idea
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not Advisable

Besides physically limiting your ability to perform at your best, you increase the risk of more damage.
With elevated white counts from infections, the spleen may be enlarged and at risk to rupture if hit. Playing when impaired, can increase your risk of injuries. Symptoms from the pneumonia could mask more serious injuries that result from play. If contageous, you'll likely spread the illness.

In brief: Not Advisable

Besides physically limiting your ability to perform at your best, you increase the risk of more damage.
With elevated white counts from infections, the spleen may be enlarged and at risk to rupture if hit. Playing when impaired, can increase your risk of injuries. Symptoms from the pneumonia could mask more serious injuries that result from play. If contageous, you'll likely spread the illness.
Dr. James Eitner
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine

In brief: No

Your body needs to rest if suffering from a lung infection.
Exercising with pneumonia can slow recovery or cause the infection and inflammation in your lungs to worsen. Wait until your fatigue has resolved, you are breathing normally, have minimal cough and no fever.

In brief: No

Your body needs to rest if suffering from a lung infection.
Exercising with pneumonia can slow recovery or cause the infection and inflammation in your lungs to worsen. Wait until your fatigue has resolved, you are breathing normally, have minimal cough and no fever.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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