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Spring is here...and so is Pollen

Old 03-28-07, 05:22 AM
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Spring is here...and so is Pollen

Just wondering is pollen is keeping anyone from riding or at least cutting short rides. Pollen is so heavy here in Georgia with counts over 5,000 yesterday (over 120 is considered extremely high so 5,000 is way off the scale). I just drug up and go but feel some sluggishness during the ride. No, I am not taking anything to make me drowsy!
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Originally Posted by JC 911
Just wondering is pollen is keeping anyone from riding or at least cutting short rides. Pollen is so heavy here in Georgia with counts over 5,000 yesterday (over 120 is considered extremely high so 5,000 is way off the scale). I just drug up and go but feel some sluggishness during the ride. No, I am not taking anything to make me drowsy!
It killed me badly about three-four weeks ago. Five days of clariton-d fixed me up as good as new though, but while I was on it riding was tough (my HR was shooting through the roof courtesy of the sudafed in the clariton-d)
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Old 03-28-07, 06:38 AM
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Pollen...what pollen?




Seriously though, Claritin is the way to go. I just take the regular stuff, without the D. The Claritin D is good for when you have a cold.
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Old 03-28-07, 06:41 AM
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claritin is very good but also Astelin nasal spray works like a charm, you do however need a prescription.
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Old 03-28-07, 06:43 AM
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My allergy shots haven't been working that great this spring so I just opted for a Kenalog shot. Lasts for about 5-6 months for me and the only side effects I have are my joints feel great, even after long rides.
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Originally Posted by damocles1
Pollen...what pollen?




Seriously though, Claritin is the way to go. I just take the regular stuff, without the D. The Claritin D is good for when you have a cold.
Pantani lives!


But why is there egg yoke all over your head?
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Old 03-28-07, 07:05 AM
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I'm asthmatic and had trouble breathing every time we visited so I started taking Clariten Reditabs about a month before moving out here. My wife mentioned the 5000 polen count but I haven't noticed a thing. Well, except that my tires are suddenly yellow.
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Originally Posted by Jonathan Drake
Pantani lives!


But why is there egg yoke all over your head?
It was more of a light crust...
We rode for 3 hours on Sunday and my entire body and bike were both yellow when I got home. Quite disgusting. I watched a trail of yellow water run down the drain when I was showering...and it wasn't pee-pee...
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Old 03-28-07, 08:50 AM
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Argh...I hate the spring...I take allergy medication EVERY day (even in the winter) or else I'm a wreck (seriously unpresentable/cannot function)...even with the daily loratidine, spring is barely tolerable. Allergies suck (I'm allergic to everything---dust, all plants, all animals, the list goes on).

Yeah, I'm a whiner I guess. But I'll still be out riding.
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Old 03-28-07, 09:04 AM
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2-3 weeks every spring the tree pollen knocks me for a loop. Massive headaches, coughing, sneezing, allergic conjunctivitis, sore throat, plugged nose, runny nose, and on and on.
This year with Claritin reditabs, Excedrin sinus headache medicine, regular Excedrin, and prescription eye drops I am at least halfway okay. Now if my sinuses would stop bleeding.
I hate to curse myself but I think I may have peaked. After things clear up I should be fine until the ragweed starts pollinating in August or September. I have yet to avoid riding due to my allergies. *knocks on wood*
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That bright yellow pine pollen is actually not a very big allergen, it's the little bits of other tree pollen and ragweed mixed in.

Reactine or the generic cetirizine works without any drowsiness in most people.
 
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At the end of my ride on Sunday, my lungs were burning, and eyes were tearing. The allergy drugs do a nasty number on me, so I have to deal. It completely sucks, but what are you gonna do? Go on the trainer while it's sunny and 75?

A small price to pay, IMO
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Originally Posted by KinjaBoy
It completely sucks, but what are you gonna do? Go on the trainer while it's sunny and 75?

A small price to pay, IMO
I seriously considered it yesterday.

I'm actually not allergic to this yellow crap my allergies will start in a week or two and are pretty debilitating without drugs. However, after 20min yesterday I was coughing and felt like **** just from gettting all this crap in my throat I ended up riding nowhere near as hard or long as I planned.

I hate the yellow pollen.
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Old 03-28-07, 09:42 AM
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I usually feel better when riding but when I stop it is a different story. Plus, the exercise helps clear out my throat and to a lesser degree my nose and sinuses. Just don't ride behind me. ew....
So sick of buying kleenex that I switched to handkerchiefs. So gross...
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Originally Posted by januarytwenty
Argh...I hate the spring...I take allergy medication EVERY day (even in the winter) or else I'm a wreck (seriously unpresentable/cannot function)...even with the daily loratidine, spring is barely tolerable. Allergies suck (I'm allergic to everything---dust, all plants, all animals, the list goes on).

Yeah, I'm a whiner I guess. But I'll still be out riding.
As was stated above Kenalog is your friend. I have always suffered from allergies. Taken shots and daily Zertec. I started getting Kenalog shots in spring and fall a couple years ago. They help greatly and you feel like superman for the first month. If your allergies are that bad you can get on a year round regemine. The key is to get it done as soon as your notice symptoms if you wait to long its not as effective.

As for my allergies this year I have noticed I get some congestion in my nose while riding. I just have to stop every 30 minutes or so and do a little free air cleanout of the nosties and all is well.

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Ok Im going to sound like a MOM but I am one!
got to your allergist! makes a world of difference, Advair, rhynacort, regular preventive inhalers , asletin and claritin, all of those things and more are available to make allergie season a whole lot better, and while Im at it! make sure all windows in your house, morning and night are closed!
*mom mode off*
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Everyone here wears masks. They work. Also brush your clothes off before you walk inside.
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
Advair
One of the best drugs ever made. Hardly ever use my inhaler now.
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Asthmatics - If you want to quit using Advair and that inhaler do what I did for my daughter when she reached that point. Magnesium Aspartate one tablet daily. After one month she didn't tell me to refill her Advair prescription when it came up and I'll bet she can't even put her hands on the inhaler she was using during just about any physical exertion. (She currently runs track and plays volleyball). If it doesn't work for you it didn't cost much to find out.

And the pollen? I wear contacts and it's just about impossible to keep my eyes clear while riding.
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It's horrible here. can't breathe! But I haven't let it stop me yet.
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I laugh in the face of pollen. I have no allergies whatsoever. Ha ha.
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Originally Posted by slowandsteady
I laugh in the face of pollen. I have no allergies whatsoever. Ha ha.
Well, you're from Jersey - I doubt you even know what it's like to breathe clean air! So there! nyah nyah!
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No worries. They can and frequently do develop later in life. Plus, you can move to flee a particular allergen and develop allergies to new ones.
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i hate pollen too. claritan & advair have been my friend lately. i'll be so glad when this **** is gone!
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Originally Posted by aikigreg
Well, you're from Jersey - I doubt you even know what it's like to breathe clean air! So there! nyah nyah!

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