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    Runny nose?

    What can you do to prevent your nose from constantly running while you ride? After a long ride, my nose is sorer than my legs, especially now that it's cold. I carry a bandana in addition to gloves, but some days it's still not enough. I was thinking about taking a Benydryl, but I'm afraid that it will make me sleepy. Any doctors in the house? The pharmacist at the store told me to just cover my nose and mouth, but I know that my nose runs whenever I exercise, it's just worse when it's cold outside.

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    When you discover the secret, you'll be a very rich man.

    I've found that keeping it warm helps a bit but can be frustrating at stop lights as the exhaled air fogs up the glasses. I'm working on the snot rocket technique, which helps more than I imagined. Only blew 3 times during my 28 mile loop today in 45 degree air. Each time kept me clear for miles until it started again. Another thing I tried was mentholatum rub dabbed under the nose, which helped with the breathing but not so much with the run.

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    I have real bad allergies and usually take Claratin-D 12 hour. Normal old Claratin doesnt have an added decongestant. The 24 hour stuff makes my head all fuzzy and stuff. Its worth a shot. If you try and it works lemme know. I havent tried it for the cold yet cause Ive been too poor to get it the last few weeks. Today I just used a hankerchief every so often and that worked pretty well.

    BTW...Claratin-D is over the counter now.
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    For me the trick was getting bigger wrap-around sunglasses that block any wind from reaching my eyes.. When I get wind in my eyes I get tears and my nose runs..
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    My nose always runs when I ride in the cold, so I simply carry tissues in my back pocket, and blow my nose when neccesary. I can usually find either a trash can or some other piece of litter to put the dirty tissue near, hehe

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    Yeah, my nose runs and runs too. Let me know if you come up with a solution. As for the snot rocket technique, practice is a good idea! You've gotta be careful or you'll have snot on your leg - or worse yet - your bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad
    When you discover the secret, you'll be a very rich man.

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    Well, rich woman...

    The rocket approach is just one I can't bring myself too. I imagine unknowingly riding 50 miles with that stuck in my ponytail. Not gonna happen. Not now, not ever.

    I tried the 12-hour Claritin-D today. MUCH better. Still some running, but not nearly as bad as usual. Also, tissues with lotion are a blessing - much nicer than a bandana. It ended up being rather warm today, so I'll let you know how it works when it's colder out.

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    Try a hankerchief. I find they are softer than bandanas and I prefer them over tissues even when they have lotion. The lotion tissues while not as bad as normal, still have a tendancy to make my nose raw. Plus tissues have that dust on them at all times...

    I usually carry 2 hankerchiefs on me, one to blow my nose, and another to help clean up those inevitable scrapes and cuts when I ride in the mountain. Just throw them in the wash with all your other clothes and they are ready to go again.
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    Get Atrovent (IPRATROPIUM) a prescription nasal spray. It cuts down on the runnies. I got it from my allergist. No more snotty nose. I use it right before I ride or ski or do any activity in the cold.

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    Am I missing out on something? I thought the reason they put terry cloth and/or fleece on the back of cycling gloves was for your nose!

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    Usually what happens for me is my terry cloth glove gets saturated with snot. Then it's time for the snot rocket. It's really disgusting if you think about it. I'll start carrying a bandana and I may try the Claritin-D.

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    Considering how much my nose runs, snot rockets are a necessity. Yeah, 3cannondales, you run the risk of getting snot all over your clothes/self. That's what showers and washing machines are for. When I'm actually out riding, I simply don't care if I'm sweaty, dirty, snotty, bloody, etc. If you're worried about what other people think, consider this: if people don't understand that you can't look pretty while exercising, they probably won't be able to understand lycra, either, so screw em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemyswift
    Get Atrovent (IPRATROPIUM) a prescription nasal spray. It cuts down on the runnies. I got it from my allergist. No more snotty nose. I use it right before I ride or ski or do any activity in the cold.

    Kathi
    Atrovent? That's what I carry around for cold-weather/exercise-induced asthma. I never thought about using it preventatively for the runny nose. I'll ask my doctor about it. The stuff I have is a inhaler mist. Wonder if it's the same stuff.

    The gloves work fine for while, but about halfway through my ride, they're either soaked, or just so nasty that they scratch my nose worse than the bandana.

    Oh - and sweaty, dirty and bloody are just fine - I wear them all with pride. Snotty is just not something I'm comfy with - yet...

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    If your nose is running, it's because you're wearing enough protection. Start wearing ski masks and buy yourself a good pair of ear muffs. Once the temperature drops below 45 degrees, the ear muffs come one and a wool hat to cover your head. Once the weather drops below 30 degrees, the ski mask comes out real fast.

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    For a long time I was far too... umm... polite for the snot rocket. But this weekend I decided to kick my sniffles with my first century which does require a lot of snot processing. With a proper exhale, you most certainly won't get snot in your hair as you can watch in head straight to the ground at alarmingly high speed. The terrycloth on the gloves is usuful for just the tinest bit of cleanup that is rarely necessary. The other nice thing: if I get lost I can follow my mucous back home. LOL

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    Yes, 3cannondales, it's the same Atrovent except in a nasal spray form. It's used for runny nose due to allergies, colds, etc. Cool or cold air can cause runny nose in some people. My nose will run like a sieve at 60 degrees. Atrovent stops that. Sometimes its a little runny but nothing like the snottiness I get without the Atrovent. My nose used to get so chapped skiing, and I'm well bundled up. I was also taking the typical allergy meds like Claritin, etc. but they didn't work.

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    Okay. The Doc phoned in the the nasal form of Atrovent. Is it the weekend yet - I wanna try it NOW!

    It's not just the cold that does it - it's any type of exercise outdoors. I get it biking, no matter what temperature. I tried the Astrilin when I hiked across the Grand Canyon last summer- ten days out on the trail and my nose was still a mess. Hopefully, this will work - I'll report back on Monday.

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    I hope it works for you, too! I use Astelin, Nasonex and Singulair daily for my allergies but only Atrovent stopped the runny nose. And my doctor said any change in temps can cause the runny nose. The only time I don't have a runny nose is if the temps are in the 80's or 90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sorebutt
    For me the trick was getting bigger wrap-around sunglasses that block any wind from reaching my eyes.. When I get wind in my eyes I get tears and my nose runs..
    For me tears are a huge problem, like your riding then you start tearing and you cant see
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    Tried Snot rocket today, it worked. Can breathe so much better than sucking in back in. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3cannondales
    What can you do to prevent your nose from constantly running while you ride?...
    Get a sex-change operation. The women I ride with do not seem to have this problem. Don't know why.
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by JavaMan
    Get a sex-change operation. The women I ride with do not seem to have this problem. Don't know why.
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    Ummm, last time I checked, I still was a woman, and would prefer to stay that way.

    Actually, as an update, I tried Atrovent prescription nasal spray. I've only had one ride with it, but so far, that seems to help quite a bit. 52 miles and one tissue. Better than the Claritin-D, better than Astelin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iovnow
    I have real bad allergies and usually take Claratin-D 12 hour. Normal old Claratin doesnt have an added decongestant. The 24 hour stuff makes my head all fuzzy and stuff. Its worth a shot. If you try and it works lemme know. I havent tried it for the cold yet cause Ive been too poor to get it the last few weeks. Today I just used a hankerchief every so often and that worked pretty well.

    BTW...Claratin-D is over the counter now.
    BTW, decongestants thin out your mucus, i.e. they actually make runny noses run more (and drip down the back of your throat, etc.). They also raise your blood pressure (sometimes significantly).

    I take Claratin 24 (no D) and some Halls cough drops during the ride. It is only moderately effective, but having lived with chronic sinus problems for many years, I take whatever relief I can get.

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    I've got "The Extreme Masque"--stupid name, but it's a micro-fleece lined neoprene(?) facemask that keeps your face and ears toasty with a cutout for your nose if you need to blow. Helps with fogging, too. Don't know if they're still in production, but I'm sure more than one maker exists with similar products. I wear it with a pair of Oakley ski goggles for the really cold days. That combo really seems to help with the runny nose/teary eyes syndrome. Field-tested in German winters.
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    does anyone else have the runny eyes problem instead?? my eyes water like crazy in the cold. my nose has never been a problem, but it's worse than cutting onions for me in the wintry months.

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