Believe me, I feel your pain! When I was training my flabby body for a 5k, I would have attacks so bad that I wondered whether it was worth it! But 2 puffs of albuterol BEFORE you begin is the way to go. When I remember it, I've not had a rhinitis attack. See how you do.
But none of the other suggestions like ice or plugging your nostrils, etc did anything. I'd give those a pass.
I just had to circle back here and share that though the atrovent I posted about helped, it didn't help the symptoms completely. What did work completely was 2 puffs of albuterol prior to exercise. Though I'm not asthmatic, there must be some reactive airway component to what is going on because in the past 3 weeks of running, there've been no further nose attacks. Go figure!View Thread
Yesterday as I sat suffering terribly after my run on Saturday I turned to my friend Google to see if my horrible rhinitis after running was common and I found this extensive discussion. I too have intermittent episodes of horrible congestion, sneezing and runny nose after running. I just assumed that it was something in the air I was reacting to, but it never happens when I'm outside doing anything else or even walking around the neighborhood. Also, it is so hard to treat. Despite my being on Singulair and Veramyst, it takes days to break an episode once it starts. Ugh.
This article provided some great scientific information about the mechanism of exercise induced asthma and rhinitis. I don't know if this will show here but this is a diagram of why this happens:
So yes the water loss in the airways from the vigorous breathing starts the cascade of factors leading to swelling and runny nose (as well as asthma symptoms).
For me, the key benefit of the article was what was recommended for treatment if rhinitis was the main symptom. Having used antihistamines, nasal steroids and leukotriene esterase inhibitors, I was like what else is reasonable? They recommended something I hadn't thought of: Atrovent nasal. Wow.
I called myself in a prescription and just gave myself my first dose. I feel a little better already! I'm ready to do my noontime run without fear of smothering with my already stuffy nose.
I don't have any longtime results since I just started, but I thought the article might be a good starting point for others to use to discuss with their health care providers. Hope you all get some relief!View Thread