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Lung diseases

Pneumonia

07/13/2009

Question:

Is swimming permitted, or tub baths while recovering from pneumonia

Answer:

Since I do not have the specific details of your illness, I suggest you check with your doctor. However, unless you had any surgical incisions (for example, a chest tube to drain pus from the space around your lung), I have a hard time imagining a complication of pneumonia which would not allow you to be in water. You may find you are weaker and tire more easily than you expect. This may take weeks to months to get back to normal.

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Response by:

James M O'Brien, Jr, MD James M O'Brien, Jr, MD
Former Associate Professor
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University