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Allergic to exercise?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 5, 2009
  • 03:28 PM

Hi there!!! I am a 27 year old from Ontario, Canada. I consider myself to be a healthy and active person. I play hockey 3 nights a week and work out at the gym 3 times a week. Within the last year I have developed some kind of allergy. Once my hockey game ended and I'm back in the dressing room I will start to sneeze, I'm not talking once or twice, more like constantly sneezing for half an hour. At frist i thought it might be the mould in the dressing rooms or from the equipment itself , but about 2 months ago it satrted happening after I've worked out at the gym and when I've been running outside. It doesn't start until I've rested for about 10 minutes. I know this is not a pressing issue and can even be considered comical (belive me... sneezy is now my my teams nickname for me). I wasn't concerned until it started happening after sex. It's embarrasing and quite frankly a pain in the butt! Now when I wake up I feel as though I'm waking up with allergies for an hour or so, I've never been allergic to anything before. It goes away when I'm finally awake but is still extremely annoying. I have never met anyone with the same problem. I've made a doctors appointment but like I said I live in Ontario, so I wont be in to see him with such a minor problem for another 3 weeks.

If anyone can help me out with this it would be greatly appreciated.


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  • Sneezing is the bodies natural reaction to irritation of the mucous membranes in your noes. 1. One way the membranes could be irritated is by having them allergically react to histamines that are in the air, pollen etc.....The way you can test for allergies is a combination of a blood test and a skin/patch test.....if you have allergies you could take an antihistamine like Telfast to control symptoms.2. Another reason they may react is due to preexisting irritation. You may have a fungal infection in your noes. If this is so the doctor may prescribe for you a broad spectrum anti fungal cream to apply to the inside of your noes. (this would fit with your sneezing when you wake up)3. Another reason is it could be due to nerve function. There are nerves involved in sneezing that my be getting trigger in some way when you exercise. This is pretty rare though, and is usually treated with Botox injections to dull the nerves. When you are having a sneezing fit try to relax, and hold your finger flat putting pressure on your septum and upper lip, this can help to stop nerve stimulation. Also remove yourself from the environment you are in, if it is allergies it's not good to stay in there.
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    • February 6, 2009
    • 00:23 PM
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