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2. You wheeze while exercising
If the problem starts a few minutes into your workout and goes away when you stop, it's most likely a symptom of exercise-induced asthma—a condition that causes your airways to constrict during strenuous activity. But when that shortness of breath lingers throughout the day, seasonal allergies are probably to blame.

Take action: Ask your doctor for a simple lung function test (covered by most insurance plans), or take an online screening quiz from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. If you do have the condition, you may need to use a prescription inhaler when symptoms arise or take a daily steroid pill. If allergies are the culprit, rethink your fitness routine. "During exercise, you breathe deeply and inhale more allergens," says Sublett. "Consider scheduling outdoor workouts in the late afternoon or evening, when pollen counts are lowest. On days pollen and mold spore counts are high (check levels here), pop an antihistamine and keep your sweat session inside.


3. Your nose is runny, and your face is tender
You may have a sinus infection, especially if you have brown or discolored mucus in addition to a headache and pressure in the eyes, nose, or cheeks. Other symptoms: a persistent cough, fever, and unexplained bad breath.

Take action: See a physician as soon as possible; she'll probably prescribe an antibiotic. "Left untreated, chronic cases may lead to tissue damage that requires sinus surgery," says Sublett. In the meantime, take acetaminophen for the fever, and use a neti pot to clear away mucus buildup in the sinuses and relieve the congestion.

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