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Snotty Nose Syndrome

Discussion in 'Medical issues on the pilgrimage' started by Philla, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. Philla

    Philla New Member

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    Not got a cold or flu but as soon as i start walking need to blow my nose every few hudred yards ( No metric units here ) soon as the walk is finished all OK anyone else suffer or nose ( pun intended) a cure ?
     
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    Yes, especially in cooler weather. Also, my eyes start to water.
     
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    Not sure what the modern / medical name for this condition is but in my youth it was called "Crusty Sleeve Syndrome". There is still no known cure for CSS, probably because no one is doing any research. All attempts at acquiring grant aid are suppressed by the paper tissue mafia.

    I did read a ridiculous suggestion that exertion, such as walking rather than getting a cab, causes us to attempt to inhale more oxygen (some stuff in the pollution apparently) and that causes us to inhale more little bits floating in the pollution and the little bits tickles our noses which makes them run instead of walk. I can't remember the original source for this ridiculous suggestion though it might have been me; but just in case it catches on I'm going to encourage the marketing of short sleeved shirts and buy shares in the paper tissue mafia.

    Having finished with the scientific stuff... I do find that the snotty dribbles stop after an hour or so of exertion but I get through quite a few tissues (or sleeves :eek:) at the start of the day.
     
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    Anniesantiago Veteran Member Donating Member

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    Seriously, this is your body working just the way it should!
    The main reason I began walking the Camino was because my specialist told me I had two choices to help treat my Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
    One was chemical chelation. I researched it and found more often than not, the people who went this route ended up with serious liver/kidney damage.
    The second was long distance walking.
    Why?
    Because it caused your body to WORK and to chelate the chemicals (and whatever other toxins are in there) naturally, by raising your metabolism.
    Results included runny nose.

    Things like fever, runny nose, and even vomiting and diarrhea, are ways your body kill and/or cast off toxins.
    People have lost sight of that and treat fever, for instance, when it really would help.
    My grandmother used to put us under a stack of quilts and feed us hot lemonade to "sweat it out" when we had the flu.
    Unless the fever reaches dangerously high levels, of course, this can be the BEST treatment.

    So wipe that runny nose and thank God for a body that works!
    Hooray!
     
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    Hmm, there is the time honoured bushman style of plugging one nostril whilst blowing onto the ground (away from witnesses) from the other nostril. Grass is also good for wiping hands.
     
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    Snort salt water , works for me .
    As Tinker says you are breathing in much more air and hence particulates when exercising , your nose is just reacting to this and perhaps some allergens that are relatively new to it .
    Salt water will both cleanse and de- sensitise mucus membranes without you having to resort to cortico- steroid sprays .
    I remember horsing around as a child at the beach . We would often laugh so hard and swallow so much water it would come out of our noses . The perfect remedy for just about any sinus related ailment .
     
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    @Anniesantiago is right - when you first start exerting yourself your nose runs a bit. I also yawn loads. It's all healthy.
     
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    Glenn Rowe Enjoying the outdoors since 1957

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    One more phenomenon worthy of some mention: shortly after starting to exert myself in the mornings (walking or bicycling), I begin to cough. This quickly subsides, but initially can disrupt things. Blame it on my 40 years of smoking, which I finally stopped in 2003 after five previously-failed attempts.

    The coughing, and the eyes-and-nose-running, are the reasons I always carry a bandanna with me.
     
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    I blow my nose on the ground, like a footballer. But only when no-one is looking, because I am a nice lady.
     
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    Hope it snot gonna be a problem for me
     
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    Hey, no wonder I am ill, my nose never runs when walking!
     
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    If you were a real lady you'd shout "Behind" first. :p
     
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    Life on the camino, your nose runs and your feet smell. :rolleyes:
     
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    +1 @Charles Zammit for the sinus flush. I use this daily to help alleviate allergy symptoms. I would not flush right before bed to ensure adequate time for any residual flush to drain rather than pool in your sinus cavities. I live in a humid climate and my sinuses have fits when I have traveled to a more arid climate (Arizona, Grand Canyon, etc.).
     
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    Mine only seems to happen when I'm hiking through the woods and miraculously goes away when I get to a town so I suspect allergies of some kind.

    I'll go with the theory that my body is simply working well.

    Glad to nose I'm not the only one. ;)
     
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    It sounds like allergies to me. We are out in the natural environment with grass, pollen and all sorts of other irritants and certain times of the year are worse than other for various people. Its annoying, but OTC antihistamines will like help it you choose to go that route. I found that dry itchy eyes to be the worst for me. Eye drops help there as well as the antihistamines.

    buen Camino!
     
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    You could always consider making a hacking, coughing, gobbing sound in the bathroom at 5.45am, like some pilgrims do.
     
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    Like @ Annie Santiago, I too have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities after being exposed to a whole lot of mold in my work place almost 14 years ago. It seemed to change everything. I walked the Camino Frances in Sept./October 14 and will be heading out again in May. I can honestly say, that my reactions to exposures have lessened since then. Working those lungs and breathing (mostly) clean air sure helped me
    L.
     
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    Going to offer a possible cause for at least some people: Nasal passage air has a high moisture content, in cold weather the blood capillaries in the nasal area reduce in size and consequently the moisture condenses ( think tiled bathroom after you have a shower and you open a window ).
     
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    Totally normal, I'd say. I learned this when I started marathon training. I remember someone laughing at me when I described the burden of carrying enough tissue to get me through a 3 hour run, because the 'real' way to deal with it is by snot rocket.

    I have become a master of the snot rocket. It's so easy and natural, sometimes I even inadvertently do it when walking about town. ;)
     
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    First time I've heard 'snot rocket'- totally descriptive!
     
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    Interesting to note which symptoms or syndromes got worse with daily long walks and which got better. For me the runny nose syndrome got much worse, as did acid reflux, especially in the evening. Sinus headaches (an almost daily occurrence in my normal life) disappeared on the camino, and my back pain was much improved by carrying a pack.
     
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    I've heard it referred to as 'the prairie handkie,' (which I think is an insult to the folks on the prairies) but 'snot rocket' is a new one to me.
     
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    Am I glad that I have medicins for this
    Not to forget to take them with me !
     
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    Acid reflux do you think that could have been aggravated by change in diet/beer /water ?
     
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    Not sure but I couldn't enjoy any of the wine that everyone else was indulging in.
     
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    Did you find that the long walk of the Camino cured you permanently or that you have to do it once a year?

    Do shorter daily walks help at all?
     
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    Which suggests that you may be built upside down... :rolleyes: ;)
     
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    I felt human again after the first walk.
    I've tried to go each year since.
    Two years ago I could not walk because I stayed home to care for my dying brother.
    This year, my mother had a heart attack so I'm sticking close to home, plus I just felt "burned out" and needed a rest.
    But yes, I can feel the difference.

    Short walks are good, but the long distance walking for many weeks, 6 hours a day, does the best job.

    And no, it did not cure me permanently.
    For some reason, my body does not chelate chemicals like a normal person does.

    In some ways I feel blessed.
    I'm the canary in the coalmine.
    If it makes ME sick, you can bet it's harming you... you just don't feel it.
    And since I can't tolerate exposure, I'm rarely exposed these days.
     
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    I am sending my very best wishes to you. :)

    Most of my allergies are food related. Just trying to pinpoint the culprits atm.
     

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