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rustychain
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by rustychain

The east coast of the US is bad for allergies. What works best for me is an herb called stinging nettle (sounds sweet :wink: ) Its supposed to stengthen the immune system or some such rot. I now somebody will slam me and the whole herb industry and I am not a doctor (but my handwriting does look kind if Dr.'ish). However....it works well for me (my wife too) and as yet produced no side effects other then my gloves are a lot cleaner. I use a liquid form and mix some drops in warm water. It took about 3 days for a noticable effect. Read the label and don't take it if your pregnent dudes

I also suggest taking a shower when ever your outside for any length of time to reduce exposure, reduce consumption of milk (got mucus!) and as always hydrate well.

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by Gregorio

Hi Cyclemanpat,
I live not far from you and I think you may know Retro..(I could be mistaken though) but I see the Smitty link.
Any way I would say go see an allergist. I did and after getting shots 2x wk for about a year I am much better off. I still have an occasional problem now and then but some claritin and nasonex is usually all I need. Sometimes some albuteral when I feel like I cant breath.
Claritin is now over the counter now, the rest is prescription. The Decongestant is just the sudifed behind the counter, if you need it.
Neither Zyrtec nor Allegra(I think) did not work for me. Some of it may be trial and error to see what works best.
Musinex seems to be good D also.
when I worked construction, I was sick alot and going to the allergist was well worth it.
If you want I could pm you my allergists info. They are 2 sisters in practice together and seem to do a good job.

Edit
My allergies were so bad that my allergist also told me I may want to move. The Ohio River Valley is one of the worst places for allergy sufferers in the U.S.

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cyclemanpat
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by cyclemanpat

Gregorio......yes I do know Retro and ride with the Smitty boys! If you dont mind PM me that info, I need to go see someone, these allergies are killing my cycling!!! :shock: THANKS
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by MightyOx

It truly has been a nasty Allergy season. I've been sick three times for a total of about two months off the bike. First one became pneumonia, second one became a sinus infection, third was just a bad cold that lasted 2.5 weeks.

Taken Zyrtic, Claritin, aerosol treatments, saline sprays, and a month's worth of antibiotics.

Don't know what was different about this year, but I can't wait to put it behind me.
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cyclemanpat
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by cyclemanpat

i hear ya, I can't get any sleep at night because of all the sinus drainage and I am so stuffy i cant even breathe. Then I wake up in the morning so tired I don't even want to try a hard ride with my buddies, I will get dropped! Terrible season and I hope the summer is a bit better!!!
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by mxfox

Nasonex or rhinocort, in a few days ur problems are over!
Ride hard, you can rest when you die!!

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by CharlesM

MightyOx wrote:It truly has been a nasty Allergy season. I've been sick three times for a total of about two months off the bike. First one became pneumonia, second one became a sinus infection, third was just a bad cold that lasted 2.5 weeks.

Taken Zyrtic, Claritin, aerosol treatments, saline sprays, and a month's worth of antibiotics.

Don't know what was different about this year, but I can't wait to put it behind me.



I've been bonked with it 5 times so far. I wanted to take out a gun and solve it...


I went in this last time and got a dose pack of Prednisone and they've suggested both Rhinocort and Nasonex (not together).

So we'll see.

My problem is when do you know when to stop taking them as I'm just not going to keep blasting the bean with these things...

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cyclemanpat
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by cyclemanpat

PezTech....I thought allergies didn't exist in Arizona??
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by Gregorio

I was in AZ around Easter this year and allergies were terrible. My eyes itched and burned. I think AZ had a wet spring and this was the cause.

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cyclemanpat wrote:PezTech....I thought allergies didn't exist in Arizona??


I thought no one under 72 existed in Arizona.
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by CharlesM

In both cases, it depends on the season :lol:

robmitchell
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by robmitchell

Hi,

I don't mean to brag, but I kicked arse on the allergy test!
I will put my numbers against the pros!

I do the immunotherapy shots. Thru the winter I was down to once a month. This spring in SW Idaho it has been my worst year ever. I have fizzled pretty bad in 2-3 races when the wind was blowing really strong clouds of dirt and pollen. It was really altering my mood as well.

I started getting the shots every 7-10 days and it has helped. I am also taking some Zertec. The tree pollen (cottonwood I guess) was real high but has died down now.
A guy I ride MTB with gets a Kenalog shot, I checked into this a little but the side effects can be bad, so I decided not at this time.

I always read about the pros having allergy issues, most recently Contador but never any details on how they handle it, or how much it alters their power/performance in detail. I thought with all the SRM, powertap stuff it would be an interesting article.
It seems it takes away the top 3-5 % of my ability.
I raced this past week and felt so much better being able to breathe fully and not bog down afterward and the next day. I still suck, but was able to suck air at least.

Rob

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