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Can I go swimming while I have a cold?

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According to a CNN news report, those with a cold can go swimming. However, the report stated that the outcome may differ depending on the individual.

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While it has been shown that certain types of cardiovascular activity can help increase energy levels and break down congestion, the results may not be the same for every person. The results vary depending on the symptoms and how different people handle the symptoms. For example, swimming can help alleviate cold symptoms in certain people. The water can assist in washing out and opening the airways, especially for those with allergies. On the other hand, some people may find it much more difficult to breath while congested. If so, swimming may not help at all and could potentially make someone feel worse. The effects of swimming may also depend on whether a person is swimming in chlorinated water because chlorine can occasionally cause irritation. Those who plan on going swimming with a cold should also consider the fact that their cold may be contagious. Especially if not swimming in chlorinated water, the possibility of infection spreading in water is high. For this reason, it may not be the best idea to swim with a cold.

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