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I'm Running and So Is My Nose

I'm Running and So Is My Nose

Does you nose seem to run as fast as your legs when you exercise? Well, you're not alone.

Exercise-induced rhinitis is really common among athletes, according to researchers at the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic of Colorado.

Rhinitis is an inflammation of the nasal mucous membranes. Symptoms include, excessive mucus production, congestion, sneezing, and itchy watery eyes - fun stuff, huh?

It can happen whether or not you have allergies. And it doesn't matter if you are exercising inside or outside, or if the air is cold or warm. It usually happens with vigorous exercise such as running, cycling, or skiing.

If you don't mind a drippy nose, keep a generous supply of tissues stuffed in your tank top or jacket pocket.

It it's driving you nuts, you can treat symptoms before they start. Make an appointment with an allergist, so you can get a prescription nasal spray. You'll have to take it for a week or so to start seeing results. And you'll have to keep taking it to keep your nose from running and ruining your workout.

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moniha moniha 5 years
Like everyone else, I'm relieved that it's not just me, although disappointed that nothing much is very clear about the condition. I'm wondering if there's a connection between hair smoothing treatments and this condition. This never happened prior to getting Keratin treatments. Anyone else?
drippyrunner drippyrunner 8 years
Actually, I have one one drug that works (slowly): a short course of prednisone (a steroid) but it takes a day to have an impact and it's harmful to use long term. The allergist said to take it at the first hint. I keep the bottle in my gym bag.
drippyrunner drippyrunner 8 years
My nose run only runs when I, well, run. It begins within a few minutes to a few hours after I run and usually begins with a sneezing fit. It becomes so severe that I can't sit up or it just pours out like water. I causes me to miss work and suspend other exercise for the next few days. I haven't found anything that helps. I've tried steroid and antihistamine nasal sprays (alone and together, prescription antihistamines plus the sprays, added allery injection therapy to all of the above. I test positive for several allergies but they are mild and it doesn't impact this condition whether I'm treating them or not. Have also tried nasal irrigation following exercise and chromalyn sodium spray (Nasalcrom) prior to exercise. I've researched this forever but I can't find anything that can treat or cure this. If it was simply uncomfortable I would just live with it. However, it costs me work and exercise time. ANY suggestions beyond the above would be deeply appreciated. Thanks, Tom
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
OMG that is SOOO me!!! I'm a runny nose running girl!
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 10 years
i always have a runny nose when i start exercizing! i thought i was allergic to something at the gym. its not exactly cool to keep tissues on you and blow your nose when on the treadmil so i just sniffel it back. but then it feels like i am choking on my own snot. its disgusting.
riotgeek riotgeek 10 years
My nose doesn't run, but I'm constantly sneezing when I exercise.
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