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    Tis The Season, Dealing With Allergys

    Hi All,

    I'm a little Clydesdale at 220 lbs, I'm also 57 years old. I have been battling allergy's since I was young (always thought they were colds). Anyway, went through years of the allergy shots, twice weekly until I started breaking out with skin allergy's and hives about 25 years ago. The last allergy doctor I saw was about 20 years ago and he said that the medication for allergy's are so good, that Claritin was all I now needed. Eventually the prescription was changed to Zyrtec in which I take everyday.

    So my problem is not with a runny nose but with breathing, I feel weak, fatigue, short of breath. I looked up the pollen count for my area and it is moderate to high. I'm kinda thinking it is an allergy induced asthma. I mentioned this to my doctor a few years ago and he suggested taking Singulair and gave me some free samples, I did use them a few times and felt like they helped (but then the allergy season was over). The last ride I did the other day had 4000 ft. of climbing, I was in my lowest gear huffing and puffing trying to make the climbs (never has been this hard before). If I took a sip of water out of my bottle, I would really have to concentrate on catching my breath. Standing while climbing is out of the question now, anyone else suffering or have any tips?

    Thanks, Mike

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    Mike,

    We've been real windy up north in Sacramento and we're in prime allergy season. The other day I lost my voice for over an hour while making errands in downtown. I did the allergy shots for 10+ years and now I just "deal with it" as most of the allergy medicine makes me groggy or creates other problems (nose bleeds, dry mouth, etc).

    While I can offer no medicinal recommendations I've had pretty good luck with my neti pot every morning and find that after a week of riding with the pollen that my body adjusts.

    One of the guys I ride with on my morning commute (when I can catch him) recommended: Xlear Netixlear Saline Nasal Wash with Xylitol. He found it to be much more effective in 24-hour effectiveness. Apparently the Xylitol salt (or whatever it is) does a good job in leaving a protective coat on the nasal passages.

    I haven't yet consulted with my physician but it's got glowing reviews on the 'net from what I consider to be reasonably acceptable sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by softreset View Post
    Mike,

    We've been real windy up north in Sacramento and we're in prime allergy season. The other day I lost my voice for over an hour while making errands in downtown. I did the allergy shots for 10+ years and now I just "deal with it" as most of the allergy medicine makes me groggy or creates other problems (nose bleeds, dry mouth, etc).

    While I can offer no medicinal recommendations I've had pretty good luck with my neti pot every morning and find that after a week of riding with the pollen that my body adjusts.

    One of the guys I ride with on my morning commute (when I can catch him) recommended: Xlear Netixlear Saline Nasal Wash with Xylitol. He found it to be much more effective in 24-hour effectiveness. Apparently the Xylitol salt (or whatever it is) does a good job in leaving a protective coat on the nasal passages.

    I haven't yet consulted with my physician but it's got glowing reviews on the 'net from what I consider to be reasonably acceptable sources.
    Softreset, When I was going though the shot program, I worked in Antioch and lived in Concord, once I moved back to Oakland (closer to the Bay), most of my bad allergy days went away, except when the wind picks up. Most of my group rides seem to be in Walnut Creek, Concord and Livermore these days, full of pollen. Doh!

    Thanks, Mike

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    OK so this is my nightmare every year... pretty much I can guarantee from February to June I am sick. I mean like non-functional sick with the constant runny nose, watering eyes, sneezing, sneezing, sneezing... head congestion, headaches etc lose alot of time at work and play kind of allergies. I've tried every prescription and non-prescription medicine out there... This year I settled on a routine (and I mean it has to be a routine) of one Allergra and one Benadry in the am and one Benadryl in the evening.... until I discovered Nasacort. I don't like the thought of nasal sprays as I heard they are addictive so I resisted. Last week I started with the Allegra and Nasacort. By the end of the week, just Nasacort and this week, I've used it only once - right now I am sniffle free. Road last tiime on dirt and had no problems. May not work for you but it sure has worked for me... at least for now.

    As to the hard to catch your breathe... if it lasts only a short period of time (say 15 - 20 minutes after you start riding) its most likely exercise induce asthma. I have it... it goes away after I warm up. Just a reminder to me to start out slowly... if you still can't catch your breathe - maybe that hill is too hard!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    OK so this is my nightmare every year... pretty much I can guarantee from February to June I am sick. I mean like non-functional sick with the constant runny nose, watering eyes, sneezing, sneezing, sneezing... head congestion, headaches etc lose alot of time at work and play kind of allergies. I've tried every prescription and non-prescription medicine out there... This year I settled on a routine (and I mean it has to be a routine) of one Allergra and one Benadry in the am and one Benadryl in the evening.... until I discovered Nasacort. I don't like the thought of nasal sprays as I heard they are addictive so I resisted. Last week I started with the Allegra and Nasacort. By the end of the week, just Nasacort and this week, I've used it only once - right now I am sniffle free. Road last tiime on dirt and had no problems. May not work for you but it sure has worked for me... at least for now.

    As to the hard to catch your breathe... if it lasts only a short period of time (say 15 - 20 minutes after you start riding) its most likely exercise induce asthma. I have it... it goes away after I warm up. Just a reminder to me to start out slowly... if you still can't catch your breathe - maybe that hill is too hard!
    Pamestique, Your allergy's were much like mine in the past, but now I only have a few days that really take their toll on me (runny nose, itchy eyes, fatigue). That's why it is hard to put a finger on the fatigue and being out of breath. I did take a Singular tablet last night and did 30 miles today, I was able to climb out of the saddle and also push the flats to 23 mph. On Wednesday, it was hard for me to maintain 19 mph on the flats and I couldn't stand to climb because I was too out of breath. Today it felt like I could recover quickly after attacking a hill or when pushing on the flats. I do believe it is some kind of asthma, just not sure if it is allergy related or exercise induced?


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    I have asthma induced both from exercise and from pollen. I use a prescribed inhaler before I exercise in allergy season. You might talk to your doc about whether you need an inhaler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    I have asthma induced both from exercise and from pollen. I use a prescribed inhaler before I exercise in allergy season. You might talk to your doc about whether you need an inhaler.
    That's actually good news to me that pollen can induce asthma, seems like a gray area to be diagnosed. My wife is a RN and she tells me if I'm not wheezing, then I don't have asthma (I feel I do, but you didn't hear it from me ). I will make an appointment with my doctor and hopefully he will know what to prescribe.

    Thanks greatly,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1speeder View Post
    That's actually good news to me that pollen can induce asthma, seems like a gray area to be diagnosed. My wife is a RN and she tells me if I'm not wheezing, then I don't have asthma (I feel I do, but you didn't hear it from me ). I will make an appointment with my doctor and hopefully he will know what to prescribe.

    Thanks greatly,
    Mike
    I have cough variant asthma; I rarely wheeze.

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