Does your nose run more than your legs? It could be EIR
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Exercise-Induced Rhinitis symptoms and preventions. Picture: Supplied
Exercising outdoors can trigger Exercise-Induced Rhinitis (EIR), according to Karvol brand manager, Bronwyn Ragavan.
However, Ragavan said no one should have to stop exercising outdoors because of EIR.
“All it takes is a strategy to help lessen their symptoms and manage their condition. Don’t let a runny nose stop you from doing what you love,” he added.
He identified the symptoms of EIR as nasal congestion, sneezing, and allergy-like symptoms during or after exercise, which can lead to discomfort and a less-than-productive workout.
Ragavan explained that EIR can be caused by the following triggers: “Airborne allergens like pollen, mould spores, and other allergens present in the air which are inhaled during exercise, triggering an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. Changes in breathing patterns: Rapid and heavy breathing during exercise can lead to increased exposure to allergens and irritants.”
He added: “Environmental factors, such as cold, dry air, or high humidity, can impact the respiratory system and contribute to the development of exercise-induced rhinitis. Nasal hyperactivity: Some individuals have a heightened sensitivity in their nasal passages, which the increased airflow can trigger during exercise.”
Managing and preventing EIR
Ragavan also shared useful tips when it comes to managing and preventing EIR. He said gradual warm-up and cool-down exercises can help acclimate the respiratory system to changes in airflow and potentially reduce symptoms.
He added: “Avoid high allergen times and if possible, exercise during times of day when allergen levels are lower, such as early morning or late evening.
“Use an effective decongestant to help rid the nasal passages of allergens overcoming the symptoms of EIR. Karvol is a natural decongestant that can be used before, during, and after your workout. Empty a capsule into hot water and breathe in the steam before and after you go outside. This can help clear the nasal passages.”
He also recommends adding a few drops onto a handkerchief and inhaling if your symptoms start acting up while exercising.
“EIR can be a frustrating condition, but with proper awareness and management, you can continue to enjoy the benefits of exercising in the great South African weather,” adds Ragavan.