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my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?(14 posts)

my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 9, 2003 6:20 AM
my sinuses are going ballistic, including sore throat and ears, rampant sneezing, and a 10k nose, but i feel fine overall (aside from frustrated with the sniffles). is it ok to keep riding? i was planning a 65-miler this afternoon and an all-day ride saturday.

help me obi-wan, you're my only hope.

you too???!!allezrider
Apr 9, 2003 6:36 AM
My sinuses goes on vacation just about the same time every year since I have been living in nashvegas, tn.
Hope you get to ride. I will if it doesn't rain to much today.
I know how ya feel...PEDDLEFOOT
Apr 9, 2003 6:43 AM
I've been like that for a week now.Something going around all over the place.I rode the trainer without any breathing problems although I did seem to be a little more tired than normal.The good news is I can feel it starting to clear up the last few days.Hang in there.
Here's what you doKristin
Apr 9, 2003 6:53 AM
Ride at night when its 35 degrees out. Before you leave, rub an onion in your beard and on your jersey. Then go for a long, hard ride. And don't let anyone ride behind you. Sinus problem solved.
same heretarwheel
Apr 9, 2003 8:27 AM
People are practically choking on the pollen in NC, it's so bad right now. I went for a couple long rides over the weekend and hacked up globs of pollen on Monday. Fortunately it's been raining since Monday -- I don't often welcome the rain -- and it seems to have helped. I finally went to the doctor and got some medication because I was coughing so bad I haven't had a decent night's sleep in a week. I've been planning to ride a 200K this Saturday but will have to bag it if my condition doesn't improve by then.
re: my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?bcm119
Apr 9, 2003 8:54 AM
I was just at the doctor's with a sinus infection. Bad headache that just throbs behind your eyes, even when trying to sleep. Naturally I asked him about riding, and he said if all your symptoms are above your neck, go ahead and ride (but don't over do it- just easy/moderate). If anything is bothering you below the neck, ie a cough, fever, body aches, hold off on riding.
Go to doc and get Clarinex/Nasonex (pill and spray combo)Fez
Apr 9, 2003 9:15 AM
It keeps things quiet and dry during spring.

Now if only I could get my winter runniness taken care of.
re: my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?look271
Apr 9, 2003 9:23 AM
If it's allergies, get thee to the local drug store and get Claratin-no prescription needed and some nasal spray. If it's a cold, get some Aleve sinus-lasts 12 hrs and it wil even help with soreness if you go ballistic on your ride. Additionally, riding in this cooler weather instantly clears my sinuses up; just warn those behind you =)
re: my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?Juanmoretime
Apr 9, 2003 11:17 AM
It's just a real bad day. I'm on the Claratin and today it's not helping. My foredhead feels short of bursting. I'm riding anyway tonight.
re: my sinuses have been hijacked...ok to ride?look271
Apr 9, 2003 11:23 AM
Get some otc nasal spray. That should help. I use Allegra and sometimes that doesn't do the trick, either. I keep a bottle of generic nasal spray/decongestant around when things get really bad. Hope you feel better!
I would recommend Fluonase (a prescription spray) nmbicyclerepairman
Apr 9, 2003 11:21 AM
Sounds like SARSCharlie Amerique
Apr 10, 2003 7:52 AM
Stay out of Toronto!!

Just kidding..

I had the same issues every year at this time when I lived in California.. seems something "on the wind" would drive my sinus crazy for about 2 weeks then would be gone. It would come back if we got a late season rain then sun again so my doctor figured it for a pollen related issue (something that blooms only in early Spring).

I hope this gives you some info... but beyond that I didn't take any drugs so I'm not sure what would help.

Use your nose!!! Keep riding!!!Mike P
Apr 11, 2003 4:15 AM
I normally have terrible allergy related crap this time of the year. This year has not been bad for me, and while I can't prove it, I think a change in how I breathe has helped.

Over the last two years I have been concentrating on breathing through my nose more; That's where all the filteration and conditioning equipment is. With practice and much deeper, slower breathing it is more "normal" for me to do that now. The only problem is, it is really hard to use the nose when riding hard.

Anyway, when you breathe pollen, dust or etc, one way your body reacts is by increasing the "fluids" in the nasal plumbing. If you're breathing through your mouth, the adjustments your body is making can't do any good so your body reacts even more. Breathe through your nose. Helps in the winter too by warming and adding moisture to dry, cold air.

I do not like taking meds of any type if I do not have to and the nasal breathing bit is working.

Keep riding!
thanks, all!...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 11, 2003 6:27 AM
definitely not SARS. the onion didn't help, either.

getting better--took 2 days, but now the waterworks is almost done. my nose feels like i've been rubbing it with sandpaper, but i rode ~25 lumpy miles last night at a brisk group pace with no problems.

thanks again!