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Old 01-25-2011
haschu33 haschu33 is offline
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Default runny nose after swimming

Since a while i get a runny nose after swimming. I have to sneeze, blow my nose (or snuffle), and sometimes my nose or at least one nostril blocks completely. It is usually gone the next day. When I swim before work my colleagues will ask ' oh, did you catch a cold' and I will say 'No, I was swimming'.
I googled for it and in fact you find many responses of people having the same symptom, some in chlorinated water, some in any kind of water, some only in not-clorinated water. I found only very little up to no explanation at all why this happens, and a variaty of solutions that all have in common that they work for some people but not for others.
I didn't have it for the first year of my more intensive swimming, so I don't know if it developed simply through swimming a lot. I suspect that maybe since my last cold I developed a mild but chronic sinusitis and that is what is going on behind the scene.
I tried to watch how it develops during my swim. In the first part of the swim everything is fine, and I cannot really get the point when it starts, but it starts during the swim already. Funny: I tried to develop turns, when I do a flip turn - or better a somersault in the water - it immediately starts to block in my nose. That is particularly strange because I constantly blow out air through my nose during the somersault - I hate having chlorine water in my nose. I think this might also indicate a sinusitis.

Does any of you experience the same, and, if yes, did you find any solution that worked?
And, does anyone have an explanation of what the reason is?

Thanks in advance

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yes, it happened to me.
I would sneeze for an entiry day after swimming.
Someone told me I could have developed an allergic reaction to the pool's water chemicals and suggested to use a nose clipper.

I didn't like it but it solved my problems istantly.

hope this helps
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Old 01-25-2011
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Yes, thanks, aerogramma. I already hate it... but I will give it a try.
I assume it doesn't really give you problems to blow the air out through your mouth only?
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yes, it happened to me.
I would sneeze for an entiry day after swimming.
Someone told me I could have developed an allergic reaction to the pool's water chemicals and suggested to use a nose clipper.

I didn't like it but it solved my problems istantly.

hope this helps
That has been my experience exactly. For 10 years I have used a nose clip and now it it is just a part of me while I swim. At first I would take it off when doing butterfly but I gradually worked at doing the fly with the clip and now it is easy.
When I compete I dont use the nose clip. Makes me feel faster. I take a decongestant before the meet and an antihistamine after. This combination handles the symptoms.
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yes, it happened to me.
I would sneeze for an entiry day after swimming.
Someone told me I could have developed an allergic reaction to the pool's water chemicals and suggested to use a nose clipper.

I didn't like it but it solved my problems istantly.

hope this helps

That has been my experience exactly. For 10 years I have used a nose clip and now it it is just a part of me while I swim. At first I would take it off when doing butterfly but I gradually worked at doing the fly with the clip and now it is easy.
When I compete I dont use the nose clip. Makes me feel faster. I take a decongestant before the meet and an antihistamine after. This combination handles the symptoms.
I never had trouble just exhaling thru the mouth and seem to be able to switch to the nose when racing.
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Yes, thanks, aerogramma. I already hate it... but I will give it a try.
I assume it doesn't really give you problems to blow the air out through your mouth only?
It's different and I'd prefer without it, as Grant said if competing I'd take it off... but in a couple of sessions you'll forget it's there.
No problem blowing only out of your mouth...It will be an advantage during flip turns.

hope it goes well with you
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My nose is very often blocked in some way, and it started years before I began to swim. Mine happens for several reasons (barometric pressure, my position -- usually blocked somewhat when lying down, etc).

I don't like nose clips or decongestants, so I use a moisturizing nasal spray after I swim and I irrigate my nose every night with a squeeze bottle and saline solution that's designed for it (neti pots aren't as effective for me because of a blockage in one nostril). Both of these things have really helped my post-swim nasal issues and my overall nasal health.
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Default Yes. Get a nose clip

Yes, you look like a dork. Yes, it's sometimes uncomfortable. Yes, you look like a dork.

But get it.

I spent years taking medications, traveling to see specialists, worshiping with shamans, having my sinuses massaged, squirting various viscosity liquids up my nose, and none of it worked. Then one day I bought a nose clip and my cement head went away.

Barracuda makes the most comfortable one, but it's plastic and it breaks after a while. Speedo makes an industrial-strength one with a metal wire inside and a sticky white-guy colored rubbery outside that lasts forever.

Most people, I've learned, have allergic reactions to chlorinated water. Chlorine is a poison gas and you're breathing inches from the water where this gas resides.

I found one specialist from the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Dr. William Storms who is very knowledgeable. He was working with them to create a ventilation system that kept air circulating at the water's surface. This helps.

If there is a door or window at your indoor pool, open it -- even in winter. Cold air beats poison air.

If you can find a salt-water pool, this will help, too, but I still use the clip.

Go on. Take a deep breath after your swim practice. Be a dork.

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Yes, you look like a dork. Yes, it's sometimes uncomfortable. Yes, you look like a dork.

But get it.

I spent years taking medications, traveling to see specialists, worshiping with shamans, having my sinuses massaged, squirting various viscosity liquids up my nose, and none of it worked. Then one day I bought a nose clip and my cement head went away.

Barracuda makes the most comfortable one, but it's plastic and it breaks after a while. Speedo makes an industrial-strength one with a metal wire inside and a sticky white-guy colored rubbery outside that lasts forever.

Most people, I've learned, have allergic reactions to chlorinated water. Chlorine is a poison gas and you're breathing inches from the water where this gas resides.

I found one specialist from the U.S. Olympic Training Center, Dr. William Storms who is very knowledgeable. He was working with them to create a ventilation system that kept air circulating at the water's surface. This helps.

If there is a door or window at your indoor pool, open it -- even in winter. Cold air beats poison air.

If you can find a salt-water pool, this will help, too, but I still use the clip.

Go on. Take a deep breath after your swim practice. Be a dork.

Louis Tharp

Read Lou's TI Blog: http://www.totalimmersion.net/blog/b...Louis%20Tharp/

See Lou's TI Profile: http://www.totalimmersion.net/compon.../Louis%20Tharp
OMG!
and peeps say they don't want to swim because ?
and land peeps maybe know what they are doing!
and I always hated "nose clips"
and I would of never thought that Louis Tharp would being wearing one!
so it just goes to show________listen to him! I do!
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Old 01-26-2011
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Hello all

I have had this problem too and according to a pharmacist I consulted there is no such thing as chlorine allergy but chlorine is an irritant and that may be what causes the symptoms.

Also, I have read that the chlorine in the pool reacts with organic substances in the water (bodily emissions such as sweat, urine, etc and things like hair sprays, deodorants, after-shaves etc.) and forms a gas that contains chloramines, which are bad for your sinuses and also your lungs.

I have tried the saline wash solution with some success but the real winner has been the nose clip. Get one.

One soon gets used to swimming with one and looking like a dork as Mr Tharp points out - thanks Lou. I notice several Olympic level swimmers using them so obviously they don't mind and why should we?

It is also possible to breathe out through the nose while wearing a clip.

Like Grant I never wear mine in competitions, but plenty of others do, especially backstrokers, I think.
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