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?