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Riding in moderately cold and dry weather affecting my sinuses

Old 12-30-15, 06:56 PM
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Runny nose for hours after riding in moderately cold,dry weather

This year after a couple of rides in the 40's I'd suffer from a really bad constant runny nose for hours, into the next day even. Cold and rainy I'm fine. The couple of times it happened it was dry and windy. It was a really disgusting miserable experience. Any ideas? I felt like riding today but didn't because I was scared . This is the first season it's been a problem I've ridden in similar conditions and might have a bit of a runny nose during the ride but nothing like this...
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I ride in the high 30's, low 40's but at a leisurely pace, 5 layers of clothes, touque and never for more the 20 minutes to a 1/2 hour for exercise. Not for commuting. Here's my winter exercise bike. This bike really works the upper leg muscles.
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You could try riding with a scarf, neck warmer, or even a dust mask to create a bubble of warmer, humid air around your mouth and nose \ may work for you. Otherwise - decongestants, humidifiers, nasal sprays, maybe a neti pot if you can stand it (I can't - home water boarding torture for only $13.99 at Walgreen's - what a deal!)
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I think it is a certainty that when I ride in cold weather that my nose will run. It usually lasts for ~20-30 minutes once I'm back inside. The only times it has been an issue are if I'm meeting someone shortly after arriving. It's a little hard to continuously wipe your nose while shaking hands and make a good impression. However, when most people see me ride in during cold weather, they get the impression that I'm tough and can survive anything, which also goes a long way toward making that good impression.
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Allergies? In rainy weather, pollen and other allergens are washed out of the air. In dry weather they can hang, float and travel. I found the anti-hystamine zyrtec and it's generic equivalent protect me from allergies without drowsiness...usually. Sometimes they do make me drowsy. Some people swear by "non-drowsy" Claritin, although that didn't work for me last time I tried it some years ago. But it may be worth trying an antihystamine on the next moderately cold, dry ride and see if that helps.
I bike commute year round for fitness with the added benefit that it has reduced my seasonal allergy problems. (Well, a good workout on the treadmill does the same thing for me.) A good workout or bike commute opens my sinuses, leading to some nose blowing and runniness, but mine abates after a few minutes. In fact, after returning to bike riding a few years ago I ditched my Nasonex nasal spray as I had so few allergy problems.
But even with my allergies, I never suffered from common hay-fever, or at least the itchy, watery eyes, runny nose symptoms. But a few times, when Colorado was visited by smoke from wildfires out west I found myself with itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose, which anti-hystamines dealt with very well.
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The technical term is cold-induced rhinitis. I hear masks like this one work well.

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