Running with allergies?

Running with allergies?

Post by Bertanda » Wed, 15 Mar 2000 04:00:00


I am forty and just began (3 weeks ago) a routine of walking/jogging for 30
minutes followed by a cool down and stretch. My goal is to be able to run-
slowly - for 30 minutes by May or early June. This is for health and because
running is by far the most fun activity in which I have participated.
The problem is I live in an allergy belt and am prone to mild to moderate
allergic periods, especially (of course) in April-May and September. I am
sometimes, in fact, a borderline asthmatic, depending on exposure to dust. I
have heard that one should not run at all under such conditions, but feel that
this is an exhilerating way to stay fun and would like to pursue it. Any advice
would be appreciated greatly.
                          Robert B.
 
 
 

Running with allergies?

Post by Dirk delurki » Wed, 15 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>I am forty and just began (3 weeks ago) a routine of walking/jogging for 30
>minutes followed by a cool down and stretch. My goal is to be able to run-
>slowly - for 30 minutes by May or early June. This is for health and because
>running is by far the most fun activity in which I have participated.
>The problem is I live in an allergy belt and am prone to mild to moderate
>allergic periods, especially (of course) in April-May and September. I am
>sometimes, in fact, a borderline asthmatic, depending on exposure to dust. I
>have heard that one should not run at all under such conditions, but feel that
>this is an exhilerating way to stay fun and would like to pursue it. Any advice
>would be appreciated greatly.
>                          Robert B.

Running seems to help my allergies. I run in the morning, before
sunrise. I think maybe the daily run helps desensitize my allergies ?
BUT, if I go up to TN for the weekend (l live in the Atlanta area,
pollen so thick at times it looks like yellow snow), and run, I sneeze
like crazy, w/ the stuffy nose. Still not as bad as when I was
smoking, and taking antihistamines, Claritin, Hismanal, etc. Read
somewhere that running produces some kind of natural histamine ?

 
 
 

Running with allergies?

Post by Marik » Wed, 15 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
> Claritin, Hismanal, etc. Read
> somewhere that running produces some kind of natural histamine ?

Hello,

I suffer from pretty severe hay fever, and it gets so bad that I can't
really function. Not only do I get the sneezing and itchy eyes, but I also
get very tired, which makes running a drag. I was actually discussing this
with some local (Central California coast) runners, who said that allergies
tend to slow down one's running times. Anyway, I seem to keep from sneezing
WHILE I am running, but I haven't really found running to produce any
natural histamines (maybe I'm one of the unlucky ones!). I get a shot of
kenalog once a year, and that helps immensely. I also use Flonase and
sometimes pop Allegra. If you want to keep the drug intake to a minimum, I
would suggest talking to your doctor about kenalog. You might also want to
try taking stinging nettle capsules. According to Dr. Weil, they are
supposed to help your body build up immunity (or whatever) against hay
fever.

Anyway, good luck!
Mariko