> I just started running last year,10-15 mi./wk.I had trouble
> with my sinuses and my Dr. diagnosed me with Allergy Rhinitis,hayfever
> from pollen,dust,and dog hair(my two dogs are my running partners so
> they must stay). I use Vancenase spray,25mg,but I'm not that happy with
> it. It only comes in a small bottle($10)and only lasts one month. I
> have an appointment next month for a physical and I would like to talk
> to my Dr. about using something different. Any suggestions from fellow
> runners with allergies would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
These were some thoughts on runny noses. We don't know what kind of
trouble you had with your sinuses. We don't know if you were breathing
mainly through the nose or through the mouth. Depending on the weather,
the air may be dry, cold, dusty, polluted or with pollen counts high. If
you're a mouth breather, then I'm not sure how you'd irritate your
sinuses. At times when I've nose breathed for extended periods of time
while running and not being used to it...meaning not regularly practicing
nose breathing...my sinuses, mucous membrane lining of the nose have been
irritated by the air nose breathed in.
Concerning your dogs, don't know how they can effect you more while
running than when you're at home with them or playing with them...unless
you touch your face or nose a lot with your hands after holding the dogs
or their leashes. Anyway it smells like a pretty quick diagnosis. He's
probably correct but I'd research other possibilities of the sinus (?) or
nose(?) irritations seeing yourself as an experiment of one.
A digression where the cure obfuscates the problem
I remember a lady whose itchy legs after a mile of running would drive her
crazy so she'd stop running and scratch them and then be afraid to start
running fearing more of the same. Some doctors thought it was a
psychological problem, others an allergy. Her doctor finally prescribed an
antihistimine to take away the itching so she could continue to run. She
got beyond one mile. But depending on the day she was stuck at two to
four miles because she felt that the itching would start and she was
afraid of having the itching.
I had learned years before from some doctor friends about the peripheral
circulation breakthrough for beginning women runners who get red splochy
legs which get real itchy. It's just the peripheral *** flowing more
freely through dilated veins.
I told her what I had learned from some doctors about a common occurence
in women runners who had not been very active in their lives. So what I
would do to help here would be to run with her and talk and run her
through the barrier of her itching. To make her comfortable we ran around
the baseball diamonds at Morley Field so we could be close to my car
should I have to take her to the hospital or to her doctor's office.
Between miles 4 and 5, the itchiness increased to what she thought was
unbearable. We kept on running as I kept talking about the naturalness of
her body finally breaking through to the beginning of the sweat reflex and
that once the *** flow was moving freely through her dilated veins she
feel the itchiness subside and finally go away. As we finished mile 6 the
redness in her legs was gone and there was no more itchiness. We ran
another mile or two just to make sure that the itchiness wouldn't come
Anyway, here's the post about runny noses:
First if your nose is running and your feet smell, it means you're built
Second, nose breathing is great. It moisturizes the air, it warms the air
and it purifies the air. On colder days, the cold air can irritate the
mucous membranes. I've know some people on very cold days or on very
smoggy days to get pulmonary edema from the irritation of the cold or
pollutants when breathing through the mouth. One 50 mile winner had to
sit up while sleeping because of the fluid on his lungs due to smog
levels in Santa Monica.
If you looked up mucus in the dictionary it would say, "A viscid,
slippery secretion produced by mucous membranes, which it moistens and
protects. The air may be cold but have very little humidity, so the mucus
is doing its job of moistening and protecting.
If you blow you nose before running you will have cleaned out any of the
chunky or dried or semi-dried mucus. Once you start running and your nose
starts to run, the mucus will be clear. You can put your hand over your
nose and blow the excess mucus into your hand and then shake it off.
Some runners have perfected the clearing of one nasal passage at a time by
closing one nostril with the index finger pressing on the outside of one
nasal passage and blowing forcefully out the opened passage, and then
repeating the same on the other side. A slight turn of the head is
necessary to avoid getting it on your clothes or arm. Also the wind can
be a factor.
I personally prefer the hand over the nose. It should be a concern when
your nose doesn't run when you would expect it. Might be an infection of
the mucous membrane.
In health and on the run,
Director, San Diego Marathon Clinic, est. 1975