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Old 05-07-2014, 08:31 AM   #1
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Hi! I have been running for about a year now. I feel as if my muscles are trained and stronger than when I started, but my breathing is horrible. My nose is constantly stuffy and it is almost impossible to breath out my nose, especially when running. It is almost impossible for me to even run .5 mile without feeling like I am going to pass out from not getting enough oxygen. I honestly noticed it about 2.5 years ago. Occasionally I use nasal sprays but it is only a temporary fix. I have never suffered from allergies- at least never bad enough to use allergy medicine. I have been on runners websites looking for breathing advice and have followed what I've read (belly breathing) but nothing has improved.

Anyways, from what I have researched, I have seen talk about deviated septum's. I don't know if this may be what I have. I have never had a broken nose. I could just have 24/7 allergies. Any advice would be appreciated. I would like to hear from others first before I go to doctor. Thanks!

 
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:19 AM   #2
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Hi, do you have any other symptoms such as watery eyes or sneezing?

 
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I honestly don't think this is just nasal problems. That is unlikely to make you feel like you are going to pass out from not enough oxygen. I would suspect it may be exercise induced asthma, which is quite common and is triggered by strenuous exercise, plus breathing in more pollens, vehicle exhaust, dust, cold air, humidity etc outdoors. It is an internal reaction too, as it can happen in a totally air controlled environment. You may or may not have direct symptoms such as severe shortness of breath, air hunger, wheezing, tightness in chest or cough. Those are all possible symptoms though that can indicate this is what it is. I would observe carefully when you run if any of these things are occurring, and if so, see your Dr. with that in mind. You certainly sound like allergies are an issue, which will stuff up the nose and trigger asthmatic reactions in the bronchial tubes. If you exercise, then get pulmonary function tests done, it will show the reaction. Using an inhaler BEFORE you run will often solve the problem, if that is what is happening. And avoiding running in very cold, damp, polluted air will help as well. You may need the help of an allergist, ENT, and pulmonologist to get all the issues addressed fully.

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Hi, A good possibility is something called exercise induced rhinitis which can produce asthma like symptoms. 10 to 20 percent of people who exercise outdoors experience this while 40% of endurance athletes do. There are a few theories on what exactly causes rhinitis, pollen may be the culprit and it has been suggested that nitrogen dioxide from car exhausts may be the cause.

 
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No watery eyes... occasional sneezing but nothing that seems to be related to being outside

 
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Thank you all so much! I do take an inhaler before I run (administered for pulmonary valve defect). My nose is still stuff even now, just sitting at my desk. It is a 24/7 thing. I will monitor this and see if I can track a pattern (try to see when its at its worse). I know the end result will be going to the doctor... just wanted to see what I could find out for myself first: )

 
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Re: Allergies or something else? Need advice.

Try taking zyrtec or claritin and see if it helps...then you'll know that much. Give it a week or so to work.

 
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Your Dr could also give you a Rx for a nasal steroid inhaler, or antihistamime nasal spray that may help your nose open up. Breathe Right strips seem to help some people too, get more air thru their nose. An ENT should look in your nose to see if you have polyps or badly swollen turbinates, and an allergist could be a good resource too.

 
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