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Why Does Running Make My Nose Run?

Let's Confess: Does Your Nose Run When You Run?

Taking your run outdoors can be a fantastic change of pace. A new environment can do wonders, and we know that running outside can be truly challenging. My one gripe with taking my run off the treadmill comes from my sinuses. I was completely fascinated — and equally grossed out — at how my nose reacted once I hit the pavement in my local park. I was trying to keep it together and not be concerned with how I looked, but I found myself feeling really uncomfortable and hoping I wouldn't bump into a friend or co-worker. Grabbing some tissues for the ride has helped with that struggle, but I was still interested in why this was happening.

While there are plenty of weird workout woes that can happen to your body, a runny nose is fairly common. Known as exercise-induced rhinitis, the exercise itself can be the trigger, but sometimes it's the combo of the activity plus an allergy or environment factor (like the weather) that can make your nose turn on like a faucet.

Now that I've confessed, it's time to tell me about your experience, and if you've got any tips to help you boogie along on your run!

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Spartygirl03 Spartygirl03 5 years
I had another frustrating run today because of this. I had surgery a few years back and ever since then I've been struggling with this problem. Finally went to see an ENT and really hope he's able to help cause I am totally sick of it. Glad to hear though that I'm not the only one with this problem. Now I won't feel so weird going out for my run with kleenex.
amberstarr82 amberstarr82 5 years
All the time! It helps if I stick with taking claritin, but pretty much this is something that happens year round regardless of allergies (definitely worse in the spring though).
Katie2836066 Katie2836066 5 years
I have this problem when I run in the cold! I stuff Kleenexes into any pockets/creases/gloves I'm wearing.
GolferGirl GolferGirl 5 years
My nose runs with any kind of exercise both indoors and out.\u00a0 Glad to hear it is not just me.
radenu1545kol radenu1545kol 5 years
Especially if it's below about 55 degrees. Of course when it's warmer it starts running (or is completely stopped up) from allergies. Can't win! But I'd still rather be outside than on the dreadmill!
corywillis621 corywillis621 5 years
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