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sneezing after exercise

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  • Posted By: alkurtz
  • January 4, 2007
  • 01:31 AM

My wife is 54 and in excellent shape. When she returns from her workout at the gym, she sneezes and has the sniffles for hours. Antihistimines do not seem to help. Thinking that her gym was overrun with mold and mildew, she changed gyms to no avail. Same problems. It has become so bad that she is thinking of quitting her exercise routine. Anyone have a similar problem or can suggest a solution?

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  • I am having the same problem. I just came back from the gym and have taken Benedryl. I typically get hives on my face and sneeze a bizillion times, with watery eyes, runny nose. It clears up in about 30-45 minutes. I'm fine while i'm exercising but as soon as a quit I notice the symptoms...What is going on??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 07:30 PM
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  • Not sure if this is what it is but sneezing is a way for the body to release toxins or things that the body deems "harmful", when exercising the bodies chemistry can change somewhat. Hives are also a reaction to something deemed toxic to the body. So I would assume that it is simply the body getting worked up and releasing chemicals and hormones. Your system is probably just trying to regulate.I myself have chronic hives and they are very random but I have tried all sorts of allergy meds and the one that helps with the hives even remotely is Claritin. A plus is it doesn't make you drowsy.Hope that helps
    Nikki Marie 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 07:23 AM
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  • Exercise causes an increased blood flow to the mucus membranes in the nose, mouth, etc. That may be the cause, but if she's having the sniffles for hours post exercise she may want to see an allergist or a general MD for advice.
    NurseCJT 25 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 08:52 AM
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  • Are you breathing heavily through your nose during exercizing. It could be caused by irritation to your sinus cavities.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 15, 2007
    • 04:31 PM
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  • i have the same sensation. i sneeze, my eyes water, and my nose runs for hours after i run. i do breath heavily through my nose because if i inhale through my mouth, my asthma symptoms flare up and i wheeze. prescription nose sprays help sometimes but it also sometimes takes a day or two for it to go away. sneezing for days is a horrible feeling. any suggestions to help? please don't just say, "don't run."
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2007
    • 06:06 AM
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  • Wow this happens to me too. But this is only when I do some more intensive excercises such as running for 90 seconds at 80% then rest like 90 then continue. I think its due to my breathing. It sucks and anti-histamines do not help. A cure would be appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2008
    • 00:09 AM
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  • I just finished exercising at 7pm and it's now 1am and I still can't stop sneezing or sniffling. I have taken three Clariton today and nothing is working. This happens every time I have a hard workout - or haven't worked out in a week or two. It probably will go on all day tomorrow. Help! Why does this happen? I thought maybe I was allergic to people's under arm deoderant or perfume and when they exercised it become stronger. But after reading that other people have this too...it has to be something else. Are we all allergic to exercise? ha!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 06:48 AM
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  • Exercise hard at home and see what happens. I've heard of exercise-induced asthma, maybe there is a similar process with the nasal passages. Is what you are blowing out clear? Maybe it's the disinfectants they use.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
    • 01:20 PM
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  • I have not worked out for some time. Now that I am back at it this sneezing and runny nose happen after working out for about 1 hour or 2. I think it has something to do with the body releasing toxins which happens during work out. This doesnt seem to happen to me when I'm in shape. Anyhow I think that in general it is the bodies way of getting rid of the junk and working out loosens it. So I don't think its a bad thing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2008
    • 03:37 AM
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  • Im 16 years old and I feel like im in great shape. Yet today after a very brutal run I couldn't stop sneezing. This has never happened before but im having the same problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 02:11 AM
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  • has anyone that has the sneezing after exercise problem also had migraines that occur the day after an intense workout? i have exercised for years without any problems until recently. this coincides with my joining a new gym. Now, when I have a particularly intense workout, about 1 hour after my workout is complete, i get terrible congestion that can last for days. In addition as a recent add on, i am finding that the day after a few days of exercise in a row, i am also having migraines. I have never heard of this! I am wondering if it is an allergic reaction to the actual gym facility. I would love to hear back if I am alone in this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 29, 2008
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  • If anyone finds a solution for this pass it along. After real hard workouts I have the same problems. I sneeze about 30 times repetitively and then my nose runs all night long. I think it must be from breathing so hard.
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  • I get the same exact symptoms! I do not get these symptoms while exercising, however right after i finish my last workout routine, i start with a sneeze, and there goes my runny nose. I do get a sneeze here and there but it's mostly the runny nose i get for about 4 - 5 hours after the exercise. It really stinks because you want to give up exercising knowing what you are going to expect after you finish your workout - does anyone know what this is all about? I was doing some research and the best i can come up with is this is probably diagnosed as non-allergic exercise induced rhinitis...
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  • Wow, I thought I was the only person out there w/these symptoms. :eek:They're maddening--it's like my sneeze mechanism is stuck in the on position. I've had this problem incessantly when it's cold outside whenever I run (inside or outside) since I broke my nose ~ 20 years ago--although I did have an episode 25 years ago in high school following a hard half marathon in 10 degree F weather. When the sneezing & dripping go away in less than an hour, life is good. At least 60% of the time, however, the symptoms last for 1-2 days. I never get colds & I don't have allergies, so this drives me completely insane. Plus, it has screwed up my running, which also makes me insane--insane enough, in fact, to have actually undergone surgery to repair my septum (mangled when I broke the nose). Needless to say, surgery made it worse. JOY! Other stuff that hasn't worked for me: nasal antihistamine sprays, oral antihistamines, Breathe Right strips, stuffing nostrils w/Kleenex, herbal remedies of all sorts. Nasonex made things slightly better for a while, but it seems to have stopped working.HELP!!!! ANY ADVICE????
    RevGertrude 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Like RevGertrude, my instances of exercise induced sneezing comes after vigorous exercise. A normal 3-5 mile run will not do it. But when I kick up the intensity or distance signficantly, I'll pay for it for days. I ran 10 miles Saturday and today (Monday) my nose is running like a faucet. For all of the holistic nut cases, germ freaks, and cell phone phobes, This is an exercise induced phenomena. NOT an allergy. It has something to do with increased blood flow. When RevGertrude mentioned the nose procedure, I was reminded that my symptoms began a few months after a sinus infection. So, I wonder if damaged tissue in the sinus becomes more inflammed/irritated with the increase blood flow from exercise.
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  • I have just read this thread and thought I'd continue the group hug for post-exercise sneezers. I used to suffer this when going for medium - long runs - which I had put down to a reaction to car fumes. I am recovering from a knee reconstruction and have been in the gym doing moderate workouts with no problems - but tonight I played my first social game of basketball (in 12 months) - it was tough - and out come the symptoms again.The point of all that was to illustrate I don't think (based on everyone's anecdotes) the problem is caused by a localised reaction to to a chemical etc - it seems to be just the body reacting purely on when put under an intense work out.Like many other posters I would really appreciate any further info if anyone discovers it.
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  • Just moved back to Phoenix after 7 years in Connecticut, & voila, NO SYMPTOMS--no matter how intense the work out!!! It's the cold--I'm totally convinced of it now. PEACE OUT!
    RevGertrude 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had this problem for a few years. It's great to know i'm not alone! I also do not think it is an allergic reaction to fumes, dust or a chemical as I get a fit of 50 or so sneezes lasting 10-15 minutes after ANY intense exercise be it jogging, and aerobics class, or at home doing a workout dvd. It is soooo annoying because it always happens at the end when I am still panting away trying to catch my breath - not easy when you're sneezing 30 times a minute. I thought i was allergic to exercise! I DO happen to have allergic rhinitus also though. I would just like to know is it dangerous, is it like an anaphalactic reaction etc??? I worry my airway is going to swell up and block off or something.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2008
    • 11:56 AM
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  • I am so glad I found this thread. I have the same symptoms (incessant sneezing, nose running like a faucet, lasting for 1-2 days) and they always seem to follow an especially intense workout. I had an allergy test done by a specialist -- it found that I am allergic to nothing. I am convinced that the exercise-induced sneezing has something to do with temperature. I have to get my body temp up pretty high to have the symptoms kick in after my workout. Also, it helps to ease the symptoms if I immediately jump into a cold shower to lower my body temp. I have had these symptoms arise when I run outside in hot weather and when I work out on an elliptical machine in my basement -- so it does not seem to be any allergen, but instead the intensity of the workout and the resulting increase in my body temperature.If someone gets legitimate medical help for this, PLEASE let me know!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2009
    • 04:19 PM
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  • It seems everyone is thrilled to have discovered they're not the only one with this symptom. I am also pleased with this discovery. I think it has a lot to do with the air temperature, at least for me. And for some reason how long it's been since my last run. The longer it's been and the colder the air, the more likely it is. As I type I have a tissue shoved in my nostril. Does this seem familiar?: Not only is your nose running like crazy, but if you breathe in through your nose, it's like there's an exposed nerve in your nostril that triggers immediate sneezing. This is why the "tissue in the nose" remedy works for me. If I pull it out - immediate sneeze attack. It stops the running and forces me to breathe through my mouth. If I can't breathe in through my nose then that little nerve doesn't get hit with the air. Problem is, it lasts for sometimes 2 days. Makes it difficult to go in public if you have a tissue hanging out of your nose.Any solutions???? It's not allergies. I have terrible allergies, and take numerous medications for them. I know what they feel like, and this ain't it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 04:20 AM
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