Cycling with hayfever

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Cycling with hayfever

Postby jet-ski » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:53 am

My biggest problem is the itchy throat, and then later the blocked/runny nose and sneezing. My throat is particularly a problem if I'm climbing and sucking in extra air. My eyes don't seem to be so bad now that I'm religious about wearing my sunnies. The Interwebz says that I should just be avoiding the outside world on high pollen days but they are often great days to get out on the bike.

Would riding with a bandana or similar over my face help (though will be hot:P)? or taking preventative type drugs before I go out? Think I probably need to go get allergy tested to get a better handle on this whole thing, but surely I'm not the only one with this issue :P
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby liamw » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:03 pm

Tried taking the off-the-shelf hay fever meeds at the chemist before heading out? They may work.

Personally, my hay fever has been so bad this year that I am using the behind-the-counter meds from the chemist - they seem to be working so far.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby CommuRider » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:08 pm

jet-ski wrote: Would riding with a bandana or similar over my face help (though will be hot:P)? or taking preventative type drugs before I go out? Think I probably need to go get allergy tested to get a better handle on this whole thing, but surely I'm not the only one with this issue :P


I like lemsip. Also, the bandana shows you are considerate of not spreading your germs to others.

I used to get allergy tested. I was allergic to so many things both of my arms were like pits of volcano at the end of the test - I kid you not. I had to have bandages around both arms.

So, take it from me, at the end of the day HTFU. Peanut-allergy? Eat more peanuts! Gotta build up that immune system.

Funny it's in the posh parts of Sydney where parents aren't vaccinating their kids and spreading their whooping cough to the plebs:

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/vaccination-rates-spark-epidemic-fear-20101029-177i2.html?from=smh_sb

...ok am going off topic now...
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby trailgumby » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:26 pm

CommuRider wrote:I used to get allergy tested. I was allergic to so many things both of my arms were like pits of volcano at the end of the test - I kid you not. I had to have bandages around both arms.

So, take it from me, at the end of the day HTFU. Peanut-allergy? Eat more peanuts! Gotta build up that immune system.


It's actually the immune system overreacting that creates the allergic reaction.

I started one of those desensitization programs and persevered for about 6-9 months. Can't really say whether it made any difference or not. :?
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby CommuRider » Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:37 pm

trailgumby wrote:It's actually the immune system overreacting that creates the allergic reaction.


My son was allergy central as a baby when he moved on to solids. I used to have asthma and he had severe eczema. But we just prolonged with it. He was allergic to yoghurt, all sorts of dairy products and while other kids went on goat's milk or soy etc, the fact of the matter is, he is going to grow up needing calcium and no way in effing hell was I going to trek to Mongolia and get him special yak's milk.

So he's outgrown the yoghurt allergy, is allergic to tomatoes but loves pizza and pasta. What's a bit of itch and scratch at the end of a good meal. I love food, he does too - I mean it's an essential ingredient in life, ie eating - and with so many food allergies around being discovered every single day, at the end of the day I'd rather feed him with the food I eat and what is widely available. And there's always steroidal cream.

The last thing I ever want him to feel guilty over is food. Jeez, if I had a daughter, I'm sure it would be 3x worse.

At the extreme end, at his childcare, some parents ensured so-and-so had special milk, can't eat this, can't eat that and they would tell me to get him allergy tested using wave-testing, sound-testing, skin-testing etc etc :roll: Tried it once and never going again. So my son needs to HTFU. And so far he's doing well. He's a happy and healthy kid rather than allergy boy.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby jet-ski » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:19 pm

I usually try to just ignore it but my itchy throat got really bad at the top of a hill climb and I couldn't keep riding after that without retching. I was sucking in the air big time and it was just too much. I think I'm off to buy some non drowsy antihistamines before the next ride.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:46 pm

Ever thought about consulting a doc and getting proper advice before spending money ?

I did, and got proper advice, and meds that actually helped (not allergy specific though)
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby pagey » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:24 pm

put some vasoline under and around your nostrals before you ride - works a charm stops the stuff going up your nose
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby NhiTrac » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:26 pm

Im a hayfever sufferererer... At this time of year I start munching on Telfast before I leave the house otherwise I'll be sneezing and dripping snot everywhere. Will also scratch my eyeball out if necessary. And if I go to Manly, depending on the weather condition my face would swell up and get all itchy.

I have thought about going to the doctors to get a proper allergy test completed and get jabs for said allergy, but I heard its every week/2 weeks for a few months worth of jabs :shock: (Plus ive been busy/lazy).

My advice - take off the shelf drugs from your local chemist if the allergy are not too bad. Different people react to different drugs so you may have to try a few. E.g. Only Telfast works for me. Clarityne etc don't do diddly squat.

If your allergy is bad, e.g. rashes, swelling, difficulty in breathing, frothing at the mouth etc then definitly seek professional proper medical advice.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby CommuRider » Tue Nov 02, 2010 8:46 pm

NhiTrac wrote:My advice - take off the shelf drugs from your local chemist if the allergy are not too bad. Different people react to different drugs so you may have to try a few. E.g. Only Telfast works for me. Clarityne etc don't do diddly squat.


One vote here for Claratyne. Fixes my son's allergies but this was a couple of years ago as he grew out of it.

NhiTrac wrote: If your allergy is bad, e.g. rashes, swelling, difficulty in breathing, frothing at the mouth etc then definitly seek professional proper medical advice.


+1. Might need some Ventolin or asthma preventer stuff (was brown when I was a kid). A friend of mine has started using some of the stuff though she was never asthmatic - just helps her to cycle more comfortably.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby jet-ski » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:08 am

I went to the doc and had a blood test, and he also prescribed a steroid nasal spray and I got antihistamine tabs (!!! Spammer !!!). He said that if the blood test comes up negative for allergies then a skin scratch test by a specialist would be the next step. He was of the opinion that the skin tests were more effective than the blood tests.
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Re: Cycling with hayfever

Postby gingermikey » Tue Nov 09, 2010 11:23 am

My doc put me onto rhinacort spray for hayfever years ago - tis awesome... they days I forget to take it you'd swear it was duck season and my face and sinuses are so itchy, but when I remember, wow, pollen is no problem!

Clarintine and telfast were no good for me. As a kid i had some prescription for something I can't remember now, pretty intense stuff, but being a ginga i'm highly sensitive to pollen.
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