Nose 'issues'

  • Tritimium

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    Jan 09, 2008 9:15 PM GMT
    Hi there,

    A semi-embarrassing question, with a high 'yuck' factor, but that's what these forums are for! Question: Any ideas how to stop my nose being so 'snotty' (for want of a better word) when swimming? It's really annoying! Some days I have to get out the pool every few lengths to use the tissues in the toilets, which really interrupts my swim sets. I'm a very hygienic swimmer, and wouldn't dare blow my nose in the pool, because I don't like the idea of me or others swimming in snot! Eeewwww. I should point out that this occurs when I'm 100% healthy - I don't swim if I've got a cold.

    icon_idea.gif Is this what nose clips are for?
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 09, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like some sort of allergy.

    Have you seen a doctor? If not you should. Get allergy test done.

    It could be the chlorine.

    Mike
  • Tritimium

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    Jan 09, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Cheers for the replies, guys. My nose generally runs a lot if I'm out in the cold - I carry tissues with me on every single run, LOL! - so I think it's probably that, rather than an allergy. I'm fortunate not to have any allergies (that I know of) - though I won't rule it out.

    I'll bung a cork up my nose, that should sort it.icon_smile.gif



  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jan 09, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    Tritimium, When you say "snotty", is it just watery or thick snot?

    My nose gets a watery, transparent snot in the cold, not a thick snot. If that is what you have, then it probably is just the cold. If it's a thick colored snot, then you should get it checked out.

    Mike
  • Tritimium

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    Jan 09, 2008 10:54 PM GMT
    Hi MikePhil

    I get the same as you, from your description. So it's probably just the cold. It's annoying in the pool, though! And I can't exactly take a box of Kleenex to the poolside. (Or maybe I could...)

    I do shiver frequently in the pool, if I stop swimming for more than about a minute - and people notice! It's the unhappy by-product of being lean, at least in my experience.
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    Jan 09, 2008 10:56 PM GMT
    There's chlorine in the pool, it'll kill the snot. It's the same if you pee or poop in the pool.
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    May 08, 2008 3:28 AM GMT
    I have a very similar issue. I used to be able to swim through it, but its progressively gotten worse. I saw an ENT to treat a clogged sinus it eventually caused and the ear tube has cleared up.

    Unfortunately, the nose reaction is worse than ever now, causing asthma like symptoms. The ENT doc seemed fairly sure it was caused by an allergic reaction. He said it was fairly common, and recommended that I see an allergist, whom I see next month.

    Has anyone else had this issue? I've been considering a full move to water polo, but I'd like to keep training for swimming as well. Other than moving pools though, it doesn't seem like much has helped yet. Is there any hope?
  • Tritimium

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    May 14, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Hi jpmeyer,

    In my continued quest for a solution, a suggestion on another forum was to apply Vaseline INSIDE one's nose, and possibly use a nose clip also. I think the idea was to fool the smell receptors or something - however, I'm not entirely sure where they are in the nose. I tried it once or twice, though it was a bit of a faff and took ages, so I don't bother.

    Actually, I find that if I'm concentrating on completing a specific session, I don't seem to suffer a runny nose, or at least not to the same extent. (I'm training for some triathlons over the summer, and my sessions are beginning to get a bit painful at times!)

    Perhaps it's psychological.
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    May 14, 2008 4:15 PM GMT
    Have you ever considered doing a netty pot/saline cleanse of your sinuses BEFORE you start swimming? That might clean you out in advance. Oh and cut back on your dairy intake in the hours before your swim. Lactic sugars are quick to convert to phlegm.
  • charrismd

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    May 22, 2008 12:52 AM GMT
    Tri, you may have vasomotor rhinitis. Here's a very good wikipedia article. I might suggest the Ipratropium nasal spray or an antihistamine. The great thing about the nose spray is that it works right where you need the medicine....not everywhere else like the antihistamine. Good luck with it.
  • grayline

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    May 25, 2008 5:57 AM GMT
    As a swimmer of 10 yrs I feel I'm qualified for this! Blow your nose very well before going out to the pool...then, wait for it...wait for it: SNOT IN THE POOL! haha I know your very 'hygenic' and all, but I hate to break it to you: SWIMMERS AREN'T! Ever wonder why female swimmers sit in the gutter when it normally is colder to remove your body then resubmerge (when the body is out during a workout, it heats up, then when jumping fully in again it's rather cold!), it's because they're peeing! Think about it: you have at least 400k gallons of water in a jr olympic pool. It's LOADED w/chlorine! Normally between 3 to 5 parts per million, ppm. There is a reason for it! No matter how much someone wipes, fecal matter is still in between the cheeks! Girls are CONSTANTLY adding the vagina juice! Pee. Snot. Ear Wax. Tears. Saliva, LOTS of saliva. Breast milk? Haha Poo. Skin. Dirt. Toe jam. Hair. Puss. Blood. IT'S ALL IN YOUR POOL! So just blow your nose already and try and do it midlane so that it doesn't land on someone when they're sitting at the wall resting!