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Old 10-19-06, 02:49 PM
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Question about mucous (sorry)

Riding in cold weather makes me, for lack of any better term, a snot factory. By this I mean that I feel the need to hawk and spit or blow my nose toclear postnasal drainage 10 or more times per mile. Given that this is unpleasant to riding partners and detrimental to proper hydration, as well as making it dificult to maintain a solid rhythm, I'm asking for suggestions to help minimize this problem.

Do any of you suffer similarly, or have you found a good means of coping?
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snot rockets. often.
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Keeping my head and neck warm seems to help a little bit, but like the previous poster mentioned, perfect the snot rocket.
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I'm not a doctor (you should probably talk to one ) nor do I play one on TV but... Have you tried decongestants? I have mild allergy problems with pollen. Clariton seems to help that. I do find I have to experiment with the dosage to keep from oozing snot everywhere however.

Perhaps try Musinex. I tried it once and it worked but I lost my sense of taste and smell for about 2 weeks. Might have been the cold but I haven't been brave enough to try it again.
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For me, I'll be blowing snot rockets like crazy when it first starts to get cold here (30-40F in the mornings which will start next month). After about a month, the snot tends to taper off as (I'm assuming) my body adjusts to the cold air. On a particularly cold ride, the snot will resume but again, I'll adjust if presented with those temps for a long enough time period. During my "break in," I probably blow a snot rocket every half mile. It's annoying and sometimes messy but also fun in a strange way.
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My eyes tear up a lot in cold weather.
tears come out of the tear glands under your eyelids and drain through the tear ducts that empty into your nose. Tears mix with mucus there and your nose runs. (from http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/nose_run.html)
I'm trying glasses with wraparound lenses to help my eyes, and it should reduce my runny nose, too.

I tried a claritin type pill last year, and it didn't help me.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Perhaps try Musinex. I tried it once and it worked but I lost my sense of taste and smell for about 2 weeks. Might have been the cold but I haven't been brave enough to try it again.
Something tells me he won't be trying Musinex.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
I tried a claritin type pill last year, and it didn't help me.
If all you tried was one pill, then that's why it didn't work. Claritin takes about 3 days to a week to really take effect. I've taken it for several years, usually just in the spring and early summer, and it works for me. The one thing to know, though, is that Claritin-D (decongestant) should be a no-no. My physician told me the "D" is bad for the prostate.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
My eyes tear up a lot in cold weather.
tears come out of the tear glands under your eyelids and drain through the tear ducts that empty into your nose. Tears mix with mucus there and your nose runs. (from http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/talk/qa/nose_run.html)
I'm trying glasses with wraparound lenses to help my eyes, and it should reduce my runny nose, too.

I tried a claritin type pill last year, and it didn't help me.
It does wonders to have your eyes comfortable. I ride with wraparounds because any wind makes my eyes water, and consequently my nose run, regardless of temperature. The wraparounds do a great job of blocking the wind, and keeping me comfortable.
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Originally Posted by mikdes
If all you tried was one pill, then that's why it didn't work. Claritin takes about 3 days to a week to really take effect. I've taken it for several years, usually just in the spring and early summer, and it works for me. The one thing to know, though, is that Claritin-D (decongestant) should be a no-no. My physician told me the "D" is bad for the prostate.
The "D" is pseudoephedrine, better known as Sudafed. It can cause urinary retention by causing muscles in the prostate to contract, but you've got to have a preexisting problem with peeing. I don't think it causes long term problems.
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I feel I must speak up for the old school approach -- a handkerchief. They are a sqaure of cloth (often a poly/cotton blend) that gentlemen carried in a pocket and used to catch the output of blowing one's nose. They can still be found in many department stores and can even be found in colors to coordinate with jerseys, helmets or bikes.

Actually I don't snot rocket for two reasons; first from a lifetime commitment to the handkerchief habit; and second because my rocket program is about as successful as Fiji's!! I have no desire to wear my mucus on my sleeve -- it makes the heart look all slimy!
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A hanky, while certainly genteel, is a sketchy thing to use while riding a bicycle in the dark, and stopping as often as I'd have to would make the commute Hell. As one might expect after, lo, these many years, I have taken the snot rocket to new heights of accuracy and muzzle velocity. Uninvited wheelsuckers cringe at the sound of my mighty, if moist, inhalations.

I generally avoid taking OTC respiratory meds because they tend to dry one out, but I think I'll make an exception for a week and see what effect it has. Claritin is the consensus?
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
I'm not a doctor (you should probably talk to one ) nor do I play one on TV but... Have you tried decongestants? I have mild allergy problems with pollen. Clariton seems to help that. I do find I have to experiment with the dosage to keep from oozing snot everywhere however.

Perhaps try Musinex. I tried it once and it worked but I lost my sense of taste and smell for about 2 weeks. Might have been the cold but I haven't been brave enough to try it again.
I was going to suggest "Claritin" or the generic equivalent (Loratadine, sp?) too. It doesn't do much for me but it does take the edge off enough to make me more comfortable in snot season.
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I have the same problem and I just ignore it and breath through my mouth. Once the temps are below freezing you'll get nice walrus tusks and scare/gross the beejezus out of any cagers that stop to talk with you (a plus in my book). There is something liberating in realizing that the output of your nose isn't a corrosive substance and that if you get it all over you it will wash off without any other effects.
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I have the same problem and I just ignore it and breath through my mouth. Once the temps are below freezing you'll get nice walrus tusks and scare/gross the beejezus out of any cagers that stop to talk with you (a plus in my book). There is something liberating in realizing that the output of your nose isn't a corrosive substance and that if you get it all over you it will wash off without any other effects.
Yeah, but it can cause a rash, which isn't pleasant at all!

Try keeping your eyes, nose, face and neck as warm as you can. Bring along a hankerchief or pocketful of kleenex to dab at your nose when necessary.
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I wonder if having the constant runny nose in winter helps keep me well? My thought is that you are basically flushing your system out a bit so that bugs do not linger.
Anyhow, winter is insanely dry and I run a humidifier while I sleep. If my nose did not run it would be rather painful.

Like many others, I prefer snot rockets. However, my aim out of my right nostril is sad. There is plenty of time left to practice
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My own opinion - forget all the drugs. Your body is generating mucus for a reason - don't F with mother nature, just adapt, improvise and overcome. Snot rockets, spitting hawkers, blow your nose into a hanky when stopped, etc. don't require you to put a bunch of chemicals into your body that may or may not have other effects, both short term and long term, to your health.

I think our society has become way to dependent upon drugs to treat symptoms that are inconvenient to us.

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It's not the stuff in my nose that's bugging me, so much — it's the drainage down my throat. My nose starts running, fine, I'll mouth-breathe. But then I'm having to clear that out every couple of hundred feet just to stay properly inflated. On a 10 mile trip, that's a lot of hawking.
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I generate a lot more mucus if I don't wear a cap under my helmet on cold days.
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I don't generate enough volume to snot rocket but the constant trickle can be annoying. I buy gloves with terry backs on the thumbs and use that like a handkerchief.

I saw these the other day. Snot Spots. It's a terry thing that attaches over your glove for those who have terry-less gloves....

And second Chipcom's advise to try to avoid drugs for this too. Decongestants in the form of pseudoephedrine are stimulants and can have adverse cardio side effects according to wikipedia
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Add some Mucous Threshold Intervals© to your training routine.
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Happens to all of us, be a man, suck it up!!!

Or blow it out!!!

Good info on the tear duct drainage though.
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Originally Posted by Marylandnewbie
I feel I must speak up for the old school approach -- a handkerchief. They are a sqaure of cloth (often a poly/cotton blend) that gentlemen carried in a pocket and used to catch the output of blowing one's nose. They can still be found in many department stores and can even be found in colors to coordinate with jerseys, helmets or bikes.

Actually I don't snot rocket for two reasons; first from a lifetime commitment to the handkerchief habit; and second because my rocket program is about as successful as Fiji's!! I have no desire to wear my mucus on my sleeve -- it makes the heart look all slimy!
I go with the bandana-as-hanky approach. I've never been able to perfect the snot rocket, and really don't care for the concept, anyway. I zip-tied a binder clip to the stem so I can keep the bandana within easy reach (also allows it to stay a little drier in the wind than stuffed into a rear jersey pocket). I usually carry a spare on rides of more than about 20 miles, and switch to the fresh one about halfway.
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Be mindful of wind direction and other bikers when launching snot rockets...
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