sinus issues

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    Sep 20, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    Every time I use the pool at my gym I get congested sinuses for a day or two after. Does anyone have ideas why this might happen and what I can do to prevent it. I really enjoy doing laps and don't want to give them up entirely.
  • neon4u

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    Sep 22, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    Doesnt' happen to me but might wanna try a nettie pot.
  • wildkatz

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    Sep 22, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    The same thing happens to me at the gym, pool and a few other places. I have a high sensativity to MOLD! Yup yup, mold. Gets me everytime and in these damp, wet areas especially!

    Hope this might give you an idea.
  • MarvelClimber

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    Sep 22, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    You can try an over-the-counter anti-histamine and decongestant. It makes a few days for a once-a-day anti-histamine to kick in. You'll know in two weeks if it's working. The decongestant you might want to use right before to keep your sinuses from stopping up.

    And just make sure you're always breathing out of your nose when in the water. There are many contaminants in the water the human body dislikes.
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    Sep 22, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    neon4u saidDoesnt' happen to me but might wanna try a nettie pot.


    Agreed. I prefer the kind that uses positive pressure:
    http://www.neilmed.com/usa/sinusrinse.php

  • neon4u

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    Sep 22, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    Listen to me and Scooby. Don't be popping pills. How many tines do you wash your hands a day? A lot, right. A netti pot uses saline to rinse out your sinuses. Makes them clean by getting rid of dirt n debris n extra mucus. So that includes bacteria n mold spores.
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    Sep 22, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    get a neti pot...use it a few times, once you get over the wierd factor of it, its wonderful....no medication, nothing like that...just a saline solution you mix yourself, and youre good to go. Since i got a neti pot, I dont buy allergy medicine anymore, and I was at one point about to go on prescription allergy meds..so glad i found the neti first.
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    Nov 09, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    drew87 saidEvery time I use the pool at my gym I get congested sinuses for a day or two after. Does anyone have ideas why this might happen and what I can do to prevent it. I really enjoy doing laps and don't want to give them up entirely.

    I was about to post this same question. Suddenly this past month or so, after years of no problems, every time I lap swim my nose starts running within an hour of swimming, I begin getting a sinus headache and stuffed nose within a few hours, and within several hours I have uncontrollable sneezing fits and what feels like the worst head cold and I get a lousy night's sleep despite taking antihistimines, and the problems persist for at least two days. However, while I still only do laps once or twice a week it was when I upped my pool time from 60 to 90-120 minutes. However, it's not like I'm inhaling additional water because a lot of that extra time I'm doing exercises off the wall and jogging in the shallow end doing circuits with swim dumbells. Could it be the additional time I'm spending in the water, what I'm doing with that additional time, or something else like a developing contact allergy?

    Good advice about the neti pot which I happen to have, but it's too close to my bedtime to use it so I'm giving a Breathe Right strip a try. However, the one time I tried a neti pot (correctly) for an unrelated sinus problem I found it irritating and exacerbating. Hopefully tomorrow's attempt will provide actual relief.
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    Nov 09, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    the last few times I've gone swimming I made a concerted effort to breath out my nose and mouth closed, I still did get stuffed up but it didn't last as long.

    I haven't gotten the neti pot yet to try that, but we'll see,

    Thanks for the advice
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    Nov 09, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    I think Drano needs to come up with a viable solution. I suffer too, guys!icon_cry.gif
  • BCSwimmer

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    Mar 09, 2011 1:28 AM GMT
    drew87 saidEvery time I use the pool at my gym I get congested sinuses for a day or two after. Does anyone have ideas why this might happen and what I can do to prevent it. I really enjoy doing laps and don't want to give them up entirely.


    I used to experience this as well but started using a nose plug while swimming which eliminated much more than 90% of the problem.
  • LJay

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    Mar 09, 2011 1:38 AM GMT
    Try a talk with your doc. It may just be the chlorinated water irritating your sinuses.

    You could also try using a saline nasal spray like Ocean or Ayr or a generic version from your pharmacy. It is the same idea as a neti pot, though in spray form. Just salt walter.