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Old 06-05-14, 07:32 PM
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Do you bike while sick?

Right now my allergies are in overdrive and it is hard to breathe just sitting down watching TV. How many of you continue to ride when your breathing is labored from a cold or allergies?
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Old 06-05-14, 08:01 PM
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I always get more sick if I ride when sick.
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It makes me feel better. I don't go all out but the workout seems to help.
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Old 06-05-14, 08:39 PM
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I have ridden with mild allergies, but I couldn't imagine riding with severe allergies that are actively impacting me...
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Old 06-06-14, 09:34 AM
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Had a cold and sore throat on a bike tour in Ireland .. Fisherman's friend lozenges, are good ..
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Old 06-06-14, 10:02 AM
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Had a cold and sore throat on a bike tour in Ireland .. Fisherman's friend lozenges, are good ..
I have to admit they work very good, but I can't imagine a dog turd tasting worse than that.
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there are candy like ones too , just not from them ..
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Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer View Post
Right now my allergies are in overdrive and it is hard to breathe just sitting down watching TV. How many of you continue to ride when your breathing is labored from a cold or allergies?
Common sense should guide you here since in order to ride you must take deeper breaths which draws in more allergens. Not good..........
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Old 06-06-14, 01:31 PM
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Cycling while having the allergy congestions seems to help me, both breathing better and general feeling. Other people can't stand it. No clue what the difference is - maybe try it and see?
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Old 06-06-14, 02:40 PM
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Common sense should guide you here since in order to ride you must take deeper breaths which draws in more allergens. Not good..........
I am not entirely sure it is from outdoor allergies.
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Old 06-06-14, 08:24 PM
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Use your antihistamine, use your inhaler, take your inhaler with you, and go for a little ride. If you feel pretty bad out there, use your inhaler and slowly make your way home. If you feel pretty good out there, keep riding.
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Use your antihistamine, use your inhaler, take your inhaler with you, and go for a little ride. If you feel pretty bad out there, use your inhaler and slowly make your way home. If you feel pretty good out there, keep riding.
Inhaler? Never heard of inhalers for allergies. Anyway my allergies aren't that bad, I get stuffed up for a couple days a year. This time the post nasal drip was annoying and made my throat hurt was the worst of it.

Anyway I rode this morning, took it nice and slow, ended up doing more than my usual distance and when I got back home and checked my smartphones app my pace wasn't very much below normal. I also think the ride opened up my head somewhat, but I also felt better this morning than I have in a couple days.
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Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer View Post
Inhaler? Never heard of inhalers for allergies. Anyway my allergies aren't that bad, I get stuffed up for a couple days a year.
My allergies tend to trigger asthma ... so I carry inhalers almost all the time.

And yes, if you only get stuffed up for a couple days a year, you've hardly got allergies.

It sounds like riding is the way to go for you.
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And yes, if you only get stuffed up for a couple days a year, you've hardly got allergies.
I use to be worse, but then I graduated college and moved and I think the different plants here don't bother me. The pollen here is so bad a yellow film covers everything in the spring and when it rains we have yellow rivers flowing down the streets but that doesn't seem to bother me. The first time I saw it was the day after I bought a new car, went outside and thought someone threw dirt on my new car (which was black), was ready to kill someone lol.
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Originally Posted by WVU_Engineer View Post
Right now my allergies are in overdrive and it is hard to breathe just sitting down watching TV. How many of you continue to ride when your breathing is labored from a cold or allergies?
Is the "hard to breathe" part due to nasal congestion or to feeling short of breath in your lungs? If it's your nose, get a nasal steroid spray (like Flonase), an antihistamine, and maybe a decongestant and go for a ride! If you feel like you are short of breath (like the issue is in your lungs), then I think making an appointment to see a doctor is a good idea (maybe you are developing asthma, since you have allergies already). "Sick" to me means you have a virus of some sort, in which case you feel tired, have a headache, sore throat, cough, etc., and should take some Nyquil and go to bed! Cycling (working-out) when you are sick will just make you sicker.

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I commute, so yes.

edit: If I'm too sick to ride, I'm too sick to be at work.
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Old 06-07-14, 04:57 PM
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"Sick" to me means you have a virus of some sort, in which case you feel tired, have a headache, sore throat, cough, etc., and should take some Nyquil and go to bed! Cycling (working-out) when you are sick will just make you sicker.
May have been (or still is) a cold, headache, yep but the constricted air passages can cause that, tired yep but that could also be constricted air passages, sore throat yep but post nasal drip causes that, cough same. For the most part cold medicine never did much for me other than made me sleepy.

I really should use my sick time more than I do, have almost 800 hours built up.
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I use to be worse, but then I graduated college and moved and I think the different plants here don't bother me. The pollen here is so bad a yellow film covers everything in the spring and when it rains we have yellow rivers flowing down the streets but that doesn't seem to bother me. The first time I saw it was the day after I bought a new car, went outside and thought someone threw dirt on my new car (which was black), was ready to kill someone lol.
In an environment like that, I would be on antihistamines every day, and likely using my inhaler several times a day for months on end.

I encountered something like that when I moved from Canada to Australia.
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