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.