Allergies and Running

Allergies and Running

Post by Floyd W. Cotla » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00


My allergies are during the same period as yours, but they are pretty bad.
My doctor switched me from Seldane to Claritan this year and I didn't even
know that it was allergy season.  I run about 5-7 miles a day with one day
off and I have been completely unaffected (except for relief of the allergy
symptoms).

 
 
 

Allergies and Running

Post by Joe Lanzalot » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00

I am fortunate to have allergies that are not really bad - hayfever and
allergic to cut grass, etc in May - early June - but they do bother me.
I get very short of breath this time of the year despite the fact that
I am in pretty good shape. The five mile run that was easy last week
leaves me out of breath this week.

Does anyone know of anything I can do, short of cutting back until the
"allergy season" passes? I don't want to take over the counter stuff
like Allerest, etc. Its ineffective and the potential dangers to your
heart are not worth it. I took Seldane D for a while but lately I've
been having problems with it also. Side effects like difficulty in
unrination that the doc said might occur.

As i said, not a really horrible problem, but it is cutting into my
progress. Anyone know of anything safe and effective? Thanks.

Joe

 
 
 

Allergies and Running

Post by Gregory Chun » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am fortunate to have allergies that are not really bad - hayfever and
> allergic to cut grass, etc in May - early June - but they do bother me.
> I get very short of breath this time of the year despite the fact that
> I am in pretty good shape. The five mile run that was easy last week
> leaves me out of breath this week.

> Does anyone know of anything I can do, short of cutting back until the
> "allergy season" passes? I don't want to take over the counter stuff
> like Allerest, etc. Its ineffective and the potential dangers to your
> heart are not worth it. I took Seldane D for a while but lately I've
> been having problems with it also. Side effects like difficulty in
> unrination that the doc said might occur.

> As i said, not a really horrible problem, but it is cutting into my
> progress. Anyone know of anything safe and effective? Thanks.

> Joe

I have had bad hayfever March-May which seems to get a little worse
each year. This year a friend suggested I try a nasal spray called
Nasalcrom. It used to be by prescription, but is now available over
the counter. It is the greatest...I used to be miserable during these
three months, but now I use this stuff every 4-6 hours and I have no
symptoms at all plus the added bonus of no drowsiness!

--
Gregory Chunn                           Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Business Solutions Manager              Phone: (415) 933-1205

 
 
 

Allergies and Running

Post by Sandy Harte » Sat, 17 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
> Does anyone know of anything I can do, short of cutting back until the
> "allergy season" passes?
> As i said, not a really horrible problem, but it is cutting into my
> progress. Anyone know of anything safe and effective? Thanks.

> Joe

I'm having the same problem this spring!  It's very frustrating!  My
allergies, like yours, are not really bad.  My main problem is that my
energy level is affected.  I feel really zapped!  Like you, I do not
usually take medications.  I've been coping by running as often as I can
push myself to, and taking more rest days when I feel extra tired and/or
have difficultly breathing clearly.  I also strip and shower immediately
after running to reduce exposure.

I'm not sure this is correct, but I have read that the time of day you run
matters during allergy season.  I've heard that morning and evening are the
worse times to run because the pollen counts are higher.  If I remember
correctly, this has something to do with the air being heavier in the
morning and evening, and that puts more "junk" in the air.  As I said, I
don't know if this is correct or not.  Does anyone else know?

Good luck and try to keep going!  Only a few weeks left and it will be
over! :)
--
Sandy  :)


 
 
 

Allergies and Running

Post by Brian Hutzel » Sun, 18 May 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
> > Does anyone know of anything I can do, short of cutting back until the
> > "allergy season" passes?

After trying many allergy-relief ***, I found that they either didn't
work or put me to sleep (or put me to sleep and still didn't work!)  
Two years ago I found a product called Allerelief at a healthfood
store.  It works great and doesn't knock me out.  Give it a try.