Rhinitis when running...

[–]hd_21 3 points 8 hours ago  Okay, I have no idea if this is the case for you -- but I get this after eating dairy. I don't eat dairy very often but whenever I have even a small serving, the next day my nose is leaking like a fountain. Really makes it hard to run. I've Googled it and it seems common. Worth a shot to try eliminating it for a week or something? permalinksavereportgive goldreplypocket [–]knives_out 2 points 8 hours ago  I have the same problem and wouldn't have thought dairy to be a possible culprit... Thanks for the insight and recommendation. permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreplypocket [–]hd_21 1 point 8 hours ago  No problem! Hope it works for you! permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreplypocket [–]arteague87[S] 1 point 6 hours ago  Hmm interesting, I kind of have a pre-race ritual of porridge with milk. And consume a lot of cheese. But I'll cut it out for a while completely and see what happens. permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreplypocket [–]d-4-dave 2 points 7 hours ago  I run with "Kleenex" in my pocket. Shorter run I carry two. Longer runs 3-4. I use Puffs Plus. They hold up well to repeated uses without falling apart . They get good and soaked before I switch to the next one. I know it's kind of gross but that's what I do. The dairy thing is interesting. I might look into that except I like dairy too much to give it up for just that. permalinksavereportgive goldreplypocket [–]arteague87[S] 1 point 6 hours ago  Yea, I just blow in to my hands then a quick flick of the wrist and it flies off. permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreplypocket [–]beanybun 1 point 3 hours ago  Are you running outside? It's the beginning of allergy season, so things might get worse rather than better if you're allergic to any sort of pollen that is about to bloom. I'm relatively new to running, but just getting diagnosed with serious allergies (bad enough to reduce my lung function, it sucks) and this is what I've learned from my immunologist thus far. Stay far, far away from decongestants - sprays, pills, whatever. They do more harm than good. Flonase steroid spray can definitely help with any congestion, but you have to use it correctly. It takes a little while to start working, so you need to stick with it. You have to use it every day. You need to take little sniffs, rather than big snorts. Angle it into the side of your nose when you use it -- don't shoot it straight up or it misses the mucous membranes and is useless. It's available over the counter now. Give it a try, it's def. helped me. Run either first thing in the morning or later in the evening. Running during the day pretty much guarantees you get the full dose of environmental crappiness because of the plants' cycles. permalinksaveeditdisable inbox repliesdeletereplypocket [–]cacheerio 1 point 2 hours ago  *Stay far, far away from decongestants - sprays, pills, whatever. They do more harm than good. * I'm just curious why this is? I have definite summer allergies and I typically take my allergy pill once a day and I'm good. permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreplypocket

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Allergy pills (allegra, claritin, zyrtec etc) and antihistamines (benadryl) are fine. It's the decongestants (including Afrin spray) that are the ones you should avoid. Based on my understanding, it's a combination of the fact that they create dependance very quickly and that they dry your mucus membranes out, making your congestion worse. Then, the mucus can't clear itself out, which means the irritants that are leading to your congestion in the first place are going to stick around your nose, leading to a vicious cycle. Your nose runs because it's trying to get rid of all the pollen and crap that it thinks of as invaders. If it can't get rid of it because your mucus is too thick, you just produce more, etc.

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