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    Breathe Right/Nasal Dilation Question?

    Hello All,
    I am a 50+ Cat 1 XC racer looking to enhance my performance where I can. I have a deviated septum from a teenage injury, so I have somewhat restricted nasal passages. I also seem to perpetually have some sinus/nasal congestion that causes additional restriction. Although I am doing a combination mouth/nose breathing, I am wondering if I could decrease my nasal restriction, it might give me some small performance increase. I have read the mixed studies on Breathe Right strips, but maybe they might be better for someone who actually has abnormal nasal passages? Does anyone have a similar situation and successful experience, other input?
    Also, while watching the TDF, I noticed that some of the racers put an ointment under their noses while warming up that I understand is to clear their sinuses. I am guessing it might be eucalyptus based, does anyone know what the ointment really is? Has anyone tried it for race applications?

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    I had a deviated septum from a teenage injury as well. It seemed to get worse in my 30's so, it was corrected with surgery. The doctor will basically take a drill and open the air way. The procedure was done about 5 years ago and everything is fine. Huge improvement in terms of sinus issues, and even more so in my performance running and on the bike. This is a permanent fix compared to strips or an ointment. Something to consider with your doctor.

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    I have friends who use the strips and they say that they help. Inexpensive and harmless experiment to see of they work for you.
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    What is the downtime like with a procedure like that?

    I've been thinking of doing g something similar as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrabenaldt View Post
    What is the downtime like with a procedure like that?

    I've been thinking of doing g something similar as well.

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    Pretty quick, the procedure was done on a Friday, and I was back at work on Tuesday without any issues. It sounds and looks worse than it feels.

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    How does the doc want you to take it easy?

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    Thanks, I hadn't thought of taking that route, but your experience is helpful. My left side is about 50% more restricted then my right. I'll try the strips and see what that yields. If I am not satisfied, I'll seek out an ENT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrabenaldt View Post
    How does the doc want you to take it easy?

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    To be honest I cannot remember. Must have been very minimal like a week or less.

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    I'm soon to go in for the procedure so glad to hear that there is big improvement in both the sinus issues/congestion and riding performance. Almost looking forward to getting it done now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreednya View Post
    I'm soon to go in for the procedure so glad to hear that there is big improvement in both the sinus issues/congestion and riding performance. Almost looking forward to getting it done now!
    Please let me know how it goes, I'd like a few data points before pursuing this.

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    I also have restricted airflow through my nose and I have used strips while both racing/riding and have noticed a big difference. The only issue I have is getting the strips to stay on while riding/racing, every time they fall off due to sweat, they need to make the adhesive stronger!

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    I've now done a few hard workouts with Breathe Right strips and I can say that anecdotally, they much improve my nasal air flow. I don't have any empirical data as to whether this improves my performance, but intuitively it would seem to. If nothing else, there is a psychological boost to being able to breathe freely through my nostrils. I am going to schedule a visit with the local ENT as well.

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    A less invasive approach is to go to an ENT and see if the condition is bad enough to warrant a prescription steroid(??) to help clear the passage. This works for me as I can go months between use. Maybe my condition isn't as bad as yours??

    The key for USAC racing with this tactic is you will likely need a TUE. The form is not a big deal. The steps are very clear at USADA.

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