Rules to run by when your feeling under the weather.

Should you run if you’re feeling under the weather? Dr. Cristiana Angelelli says you can apply the “neck rule:”

“‘Above the neck’ symptoms — such as nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat — usually do not pose a risk for runners,” says the Baylor, Scott & White Health family medicine doctor.

“’Below the neck’ situations that require time off include fever (100.4F and above), chest congestion, bronchial infection, body aches, shortness of breath, chest pressure, and severe sinus pain. It is not recommended to run with anything more than a minor cold because symptoms can escalate quickly into more serious conditions, such as sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia.

“Always take extra caution when training with cold symptoms, especially during the winter months, as respiratory complications are more common,” she adds. “Most importantly, listen to your body and the thermometer.”

Dr. Cristiana Angelelli
Family Medicine Physician
Baylor, Scott & White Health – Austin/Round Rock