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6 Reasons Why Your Cold Won’t Go Away

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6. You Can’t Quit Your Workout

It’s OK to be active if your cold symptoms are all above your neck, like a runny nose, stuffy head, sneezing or sore throat. Consider ramping down from a run to a walk, though.

But if you have symptoms below the neck, like chest congestion, a hacking cough, an upset tummy, fever, muscle aches or fatigue, give yourself permission to sit it out. Rest is what gives your immune system time to recharge.

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Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on August 25, 2015

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