> I started windsurfing on Lake Michigan in the Chicago area and always
> ended up feeling like I had hayfever for a week after sailing. A friend
> I sailed with had the same and in addition got itchy eyes after
> sailing. Going to other fresh water spots resulted in the same
> allergies. Wearing a nose plug eliminates the problem.
> I have since sailed at many salt water locations and never had this
> I would like to go to Costa Rica's Lake Arnel but because it is fresh
> water I hesitate.
> Can anyone shed some light on what these allergies are caused from and
> why they only occur in fresh water.
> Al Vorne
This conversation has been around the newsgroup a few times in the past.
Yes, many people have this reaction. I may be a histamine reaction, but
antihistamines can cause a rebound effect, and are generally not
recommended for prolonged usage. Many people (myself incl.) have jobs
that prohibit the use of most antihistamines, and for this condition
aren't really effective anyway.
In many cases it is an allergic (over) reaction to something in the
water, and to avoid a lot of screwing around suggest to your doctor to
consider the possibility of rhinitus. It took me years to get around to
have someone diagnose this. I'm an airline pilot, and need clear sinus
cavities or it is truly agony for a 5 or 10 day trip.
Mild cortico-steriod mist sprays (similar to asthmastic type inhaler
spray) presciption brand names of Beconase, Rhinalar (Canada), and some
newer, and much improved ***.
The flunisolide solution I use is effective, safe, and medically approved
for my line of work. Many people I sail with, including doctors, have a
similar condition and have found the corticosteriod route is the best