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December 1978

Complication of Jogging

Arch Dermatol. 1978;114(12):1856. doi:10.1001/archderm.1978.01640240080033

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To the Editor.—  Jogging or running has become a national obsession. In fact, for many people running is an actual addiction. At least one runner has described it that way. Others have spoken of the enormous lift, almost a high, they have experienced after running. In view of this intensive preoccupation with this sport, one might expect some complications of medical interest. Such side reactions, some serious, have been reported.Some years ago, before the national addiction had set in, a patient came to my office who revealed, after some questioning regarding his habits, that he was a persistent, addicted, compulsive runner. His complaint, however, concerned an apparently unrelated infection of the upper lip.We do not see these infections quite so much these days, but in the 40s and 50s and earlier, sycosis vulgaris and infections of areas adjacent to draining orifices, especially the external auditory canals, the nose,

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