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    I get a cold after cold weather riding

    I'm not sure what I should do about this but this has happened the last three times I've gone mtbing in cold weather (indiana). The day after I usually get a pretty bad cold that will last about 4-5 days. Cough, runny noise, sore throat. The temperature hasnt been that cold only in the 40's to 50's but this cant be a coincidence. Any idea why this is happening or does this happen to anyone else. I dress appropriatly and stay warm.

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    I have the same problem, i get cold very easily. Some tips:

    1. Before the ride eat serious food (protein, like eggs, sausage or meat)
    Don't forget, you need energy for riding AND for keep warm your body.
    Also, if you take longer rides, take with you lighter food, like dates, figs,
    something with many calories. Eat it in the middle of the ride.

    2. I think tight clothes are good against wind, but you have no ventillation.
    If you sweat seriously, don't take (longer) brakes.

    I don't know your health condition and stamina, what are you wearing, how do you ride, and how's the weather, so it's a bit difficult.
    It's not much, but tried to help.

    Good luck

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    You don't catch a cold from being cold. While the cold may already lower your bodies natural defenses and make you more susceptable cold air in and of itself doesn't pass on the cold virus. It sounds like you've never actually gotten rid of the first cold that started it all and every time you go ride you allow the infection to reintroduce itself...or something along those lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred3
    You don't catch a cold from being cold. While the cold may already lower your bodies natural defenses and make you more susceptable cold air in and of itself doesn't pass on the cold virus. It sounds like you've never actually gotten rid of the first cold that started it all and every time you go ride you allow the infection to reintroduce itself...or something along those lines.

    Fred's right... colds aren't actually caused by being out in the cold weather, they are caused by the increased frequency of germ exchange from more people being in one place at one time (i.e., indoors). Being just out of college, it is amazing to me how quickly a virus can spread from one person to another. My senior year I lived with 3 of my good friends and we would all get sick at the same time.. all it takes is for one person to not get enough rest, let their immune system get weak... then pesto! We all got a cold.

    What I would suggest, and what I do, is take vitamin C pills regularly during the winter months. If you don't already, they work wonders... whenever I feel a cold coming on, I just scarf down like 2 or 3 pills and 9 times out of 10 I am good by the next day. The extra vitamin C will strengthen your immune system and help your body overcome "the first cold" as fred so aptly explained.
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    B complex is good for colds too

    "all it takes is for one person to not get enough rest, let their immune system get weak... then pesto!"
    No wonder no one makes pesto, you gotta be sick and tired to do it.
    I take a vit.C and B-complex before I fly and when I'm not feelin so hot. It seems as though it gives me some defense against myself and the germy world.
    Take care of yourself all the time, not just when you don't feel well.
    Eat, sleep, and be well (better advice then I first realized).

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    Also the cold virus has been show to survive up to a month on surfaces approach freezing while it bearly lasts minutes at 80 degrees F. This is why cold season is mostly a wintertime bummer.

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    I got a "cold" that lasted most of last winter off and on.

    I was commuting and riding weekends, the cold causes your snot production to increase a lot. (blow your nose alot). I got a virus that lived in the back of my nose (clear snot). This then got infected with a bacteria (green snot).

    Finally I got a prescrip for Flonase. (Steriod that causes rapid growth of the mucus in the nose.), and an antbiotic. This worked and all the crap got flushed out and I got much better.

    This year I have avoided that and want to avoid that. I take a lot more care with dressing to prevent over sweating. I also take a lot more care to keep the nasel passages clean, riding and when not riding.

    So far so good.

    Colder the weather the more the snot.

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    ok ill start taking some daily vitamins for now (not a pharmacy near by that i know of)
    eat some more before all of my rides
    try to get ride of this cold thing i have now (hopefully gone by thanksgiving i want to ride back in my home town)
    if it stays this way ill go to the doc i guess

    ok thanks for the advice its been good

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    It may be Exercise Induced Asthma.

    Read this link.

    http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article...er/asthma.html

    I suffer from it. Cold weather ahtletes suffer from it the most.

    I was went for a ride yesterday. I couldn't last an hour in 6 degrees celcius, without feeling like crap. I am still coughing today. Lots of the gross stuff that Jeffscott mentioned too. I also play hockey and generally feel crap for a few days after a game.

    I don't have any suggestions for you other than to see you doc.

    Good luck

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    Do you immediately change into warmer and drier clothes after a ride? As soon as I'm done with my rides around this time of the year, off comes off the bike clothes and on comes the hoodie and very thick sweatpants.

    I think tight clothes are good against wind, but you have no ventillation.
    If you sweat seriously, don't take (longer) brakes.
    If you wear the right kind of clothing (ie...NO cotton) against your skin. The fabric will pull moisture from your skin outwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockdude14
    I'm not sure what I should do about this but this has happened the last three times I've gone mtbing in cold weather (indiana). The day after I usually get a pretty bad cold that will last about 4-5 days. Cough, runny noise, sore throat. The temperature hasnt been that cold only in the 40's to 50's but this cant be a coincidence. Any idea why this is happening or does this happen to anyone else. I dress appropriatly and stay warm.

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    It sounds like you might have allergies. I'm not saying that you don't get sick, but it can start with allergies.

    For years... I would get sick after long rides. I just assumed that it was coincidence... or that I weakened my immune system with a long hard ride, but that was wrong.

    A very smart doctor finally reviewed my history and figured out the cause.....allergies. Here's how it works.

    You expose yourself to allergens while riding and breathing very heavily. The allergic reaction causes mucous to build up in your sinuses... to run down your throat, clog your nose, etc. The mucous then gets infected and voila.... you have a cold, or a sinus infection...or whatever you're exposed to at the time.

    There are a lot of myths going around about what causes a cold and why they occur more frequently in the winter months. Brownteeth mentions that viruses can survive longer at lower temperatures... and while that's true, the most predominant theory is that people stay indoors more in the winter. The viruses get more concentrated indoors. The air in the house is not refreshed with outside air as often. People with colds are in closer proximity. This leads to a concentration of viruses. The higher the concentration.... the greater your chance of them being successuful at make you a host.

    Once you catch a cold, it has to run it's course. You can shorten the length of time you are sick and also the severity by using a product called Zicam. It's great stuff. Vitamin C can help if your body is low on it, but large doses really don't help. The same goes for other vitamins. I took mega doses for years until recent studies finally proved that there is no beneficial effect to those doses.

    Anyway. get yourself checked for allergies. If your nose is clogged a lot.... you are open to the allergy - infection - cold merry go round.

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    hmm EIA sounds like it might be possible i dont want to jump to conclusions yet

    after my ride i always get out of cold wet cloths
    usually straight to a warm shower

    what would be the best way to have a doctor diagnos this

    thanks for the help this has been great

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    BelaySlave wrote:
    Do you immediately change into warmer and drier clothes after a ride? As soon as I'm done with my rides around this time of the year, off comes off the bike clothes and on comes the hoodie and very thick sweatpants.
    I think you make a good point here. I got a few-day cold for the second time this fall for not changing after a ride. Sunday I rode (it was in the upper 30 degree range), and got quite sweaty. We then went out to eat, and got groceries for the week before going home, so I stayed in my damp, cold tights and jersey for a couple of extra hours. Monday morning I woke up with the sniffles. It took until yesterday or today to feel better. The same thing happened to me a several weeks ago, so I think there is a strong connection. I'm going to bring a warm, dry change of clothing for after my next ride and see if that helps. I also have EIA, and fall allergies, so as others have said, I'm sure those factor in as well.

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    Hey, heres an idea....Go see a Doctor. It cracks me up all these posts you see here with people looking for medical advice on a mountain biking forum on the INTERNET. Sure maybe someone has some advice or been through something similar. But you or they have no way of really knowing what is going on. You obviously have something wrong with you. Go get it checked out. Sometimes it takes more than one doctor too. I go to a specialist...Ear, nose, and throat. Best thing I ever did.

    I suffer from chronic sinus infections. (thus me being up since 1:00 am due to recent prescriptions, steroid + antibiotic, to kill my latest one) I have a daily routine that I have to go through EVERY DAY and have found out certain situations that must be avoided in order to keep them at bay. Keeping my head warm is a must in cold weather. There is no way anyone here can diagnose you. Being outdoorsy type people in todays polluted climate can and is taking it's toll on people. There are also fall and winter type allergies that can give you the symptoms you describe. Believe me, I know. It could also be nothing? Get professional help. You're a fool if you don't. As was I for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Child
    Hey, heres an idea....Go see a Doctor. It cracks me up all these posts you see here with people looking for medical advice on a mountain biking forum on the INTERNET. Sure maybe someone has some advice or been through something similar. But you or they have no way of really knowing what is going on. You obviously have something wrong with you. Go get it checked out. Sometimes it takes more than one doctor too. I go to a specialist...Ear, nose, and throat. Best thing I ever did.

    I suffer from chronic sinus infections. (thus me being up since 1:00 am due to recent prescriptions, steroid + antibiotic, to kill my latest one) I have a daily routine that I have to go through EVERY DAY and have found out certain situations that must be avoided in order to keep them at bay. Keeping my head warm is a must in cold weather. There is no way anyone here can diagnose you. Being outdoorsy type people in todays polluted climate can and is taking it's toll on people. There are also fall and winter type allergies that can give you the symptoms you describe. Believe me, I know. It could also be nothing? Get professional help. You're a fool if you don't. As was I for so long.
    yikes.. freedom of speech might have something to do with it, or it could be the fact that he's probably at work and can't see a doctor right this minute, or he's bored, or he's been satisfied with advice that he's taken from people on this website before.

    He's talking about a head cold, I'm sure if it were something more serious, he would have enough good sense go and see a doctor. And I know, the Internet is such a terrible place to find information, or communicate with others that experience something similar and ask what they do as a remedy.
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    ahh chew!

    If you absolutely do not want to catch a cold, seemly on your cold day rides, avoid people with colds and anything they may have spread their cold germs on (door handles, faucet handles, non private phones and any thing they may have touched, coughed, or sneezed on) several days before your ride and then you should be fine.
    Avoid letting people with colds cough or sneeze your face. Wash your hands with soap frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dip n ride
    yikes.. freedom of speech might have something to do with it, or it could be the fact that he's probably at work and can't see a doctor right this minute, or he's bored, or he's been satisfied with advice that he's taken from people on this website before.

    He's talking about a head cold, I'm sure if it were something more serious, he would have enough good sense go and see a doctor. And I know, the Internet is such a terrible place to find information, or communicate with others that experience something similar and ask what they do as a remedy.
    Go back and reread his post. This has happened the "last three times out" and has "lasted for 4-5 days" on each occasion. So this has gone on for a few weeks at minimum. Not a matter of can't go to the doctor "right this minute". If he's not going because he's bored then he is an idiot. I doubt that is the reason. He's asking for advice from non professionals. Thus my response/advice. And from what I read he is not sure it is only a head cold. I know from personal experience and would say it is definitely more than just a head cold. Again from personal experience I give my response/advice. And obviously he does not or has not had the "good sense" to see a doctor since this is a recurring thing and he makes no mention of seeing a doctor. It could be allergy related, virus related, sinusitis, lowered immune system, etc. Diet also more than likely has something to do with it. Stress? So many things it can be factored into this. Again I know this from personal experience. The problem is that it is RECURRING. Common head colds usually are not recurring unless accompanied by other factors that need to be attended to. Also if he has seen a doctor then I give my apologies. It took me 4 different doctors until I found one who figured me out.

    I put off getting the appropriate help I needed for years and am now and will pay for it for the rest of my life. So I think I have earned the right to be blunt. I offer my advice. Take it or leave it. Anyone who has a recurring aliment that does not seek professional help is a FOOL. As was I.

    And as far as the internet being a "terrible place to find information"...I never said that. Those are your words. I said that I find it amusing that people look for medical advice on a mountain biking site. Not that you can't or won't find some good advice here. I know that you can. In fact, I think that I have given him the best advice here. That being, go and see a professional. He asked for advice and I gave it, direct and to the point. Because I have been there and would like to help someone from having to go through what I have had to go through and will continue to have to go through for the rest of my life. And if your offended by someone being direct and to the point with you then I would also offer this advice...Grow a pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Child
    Go back and reread his post. This has happened the "last three times out" and has "lasted for 4-5 days" on each occasion. So this has gone on for a few weeks at minimum. Not a matter of can't go to the doctor "right this minute". If he's not going because he's bored then he is an idiot. I doubt that is the reason. He's asking for advice from non professionals. Thus my response/advice. And from what I read he is not sure it is only a head cold. I know from personal experience and would say it is definitely more than just a head cold. Again from personal experience I give my response/advice. And obviously he does not or has not had the "good sense" to see a doctor since this is a recurring thing and he makes no mention of seeing a doctor. It could be allergy related, virus related, sinusitis, lowered immune system, etc. Diet also more than likely has something to do with it. Stress? So many things it can be factored into this. Again I know this from personal experience. The problem is that it is RECURRING. Common head colds usually are not recurring unless accompanied by other factors that need to be attended to. Also if he has seen a doctor then I give my apologies. It took me 4 different doctors until I found one who figured me out.

    I put off getting the appropriate help I needed for years and am now and will pay for it for the rest of my life. So I think I have earned the right to be blunt. I offer my advice. Take it or leave it. Anyone who has a recurring aliment that does not seek professional help is a FOOL. As was I.

    And as far as the internet being a "terrible place to find information"...I never said that. Those are your words. I said that I find it amusing that people look for medical advice on a mountain biking site. Not that you can't or won't find some good advice here. I know that you can. In fact I think that I have given him the best advice. Go see a professional. He asked for advice and I gave it, direct and to the point. Because I have been there and would like to help someone from having to go through what I have had to and will continue to have to. And if your offended by someone being direct and to the point with you then I would also offer this advice...Grow a pair.
    all right buddy, any way you slice it, he did what he felt like he needed to do... and frankly, you were kind of a dick. Tell you what.. talking a hard line on a mountain bike discussion forum doesn't make you a bada$s, there is no need to call anybody a fool or an idiot.. do you even have any idea how offending you've been in the last two posts? And telling me to grow a pair? Wow.. if you're ever in the capitol hill area I'm going to have to buy you a drink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dip n ride
    all right buddy, any way you slice it, he did what he felt like he needed to do... and frankly, you were kind of a dick. Tell you what.. talking a hard line on a mountain bike discussion forum doesn't make you a bada$s, there is no need to call anybody a fool or an idiot.. do you even have any idea how offending you've been in the last two posts? And telling me to grow a pair? Wow.. if you're ever in the capitol hill area I'm going to have to buy you a drink.
    Sound to me like you're the only one being offend here. And you are the one calling names, ie "dick". I am not trying to be a "bad a$$". I wouldn't say I am "talking hard line" either. Whew someone needs a Midol. Calling someone a fool for not doing the right thing is different than calling someone a "dick" and way less offending. I would like to hear from rockdude and see if he is offended. I doubt that he is. If so then I will apologize. Like I said, I have been there and have suffered greatly and am only offering my advice. Strongly yes. But you seem to be the one with the panties all up in a wad. And from your last post, I still stand behind the "grow a pair" statement. You're way too sensitive. If I am in your neck of the woods, I'll buy the beer.

    And apologies if I have offended anyone else. Not my intent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Child
    Sound to me like you're the only one being offend here. And you are the one calling names, ie "dick". I am not trying to be a "bad a$$". I wouldn't say I am "talking hard line" either. Whew someone needs a Midol. Calling someone a fool for not doing the right thing is different than calling someone a "dick" and way less offending. I would like to hear from rockdude and see if he is offended. I doubt that he is. If so then I will apologize. Like I said, I have been there and have suffered greatly and am only offering my advice. Strongly yes. But you seem to be the one with the panties all up in a wad. And from your last post, I still stand behind the "grow a pair" statement. You're way too sensitive. If I am in your neck of the woods, I'll buy the beer.

    And apologies if I have offended anyone else. Not my intent.
    I wasn't offended in the least, I just thought it was kind of strange that somebody politely asks for some suggestions about how to keep warm and you go into a roid rage. You walk a fine line when you offer somebody advice, and when you're a dick about it (that's right! Called ya a dick again!!) then people aren't only not going to listen, they'll call you out. My calling you a dick wasn't supposed to be nice, or friendly, it was supposed to be what it was, me calling you a dick, because you're acting like a dick. You come into this forum, and you charge forward and forge an argument where there shouldn't be one, because anybody that doesn't do what you did is an idiot and a fool. Is that what happens around you? People ask for advice and you can't keep your ego in check long enough to either ignore them or at least be friendly about it?

    The advice you offered is good advice, nobody will deny that, but the way in which you chose to offer it is almost enough to discount the whole thing. It's called being civil.

    And, I have a pair my friend, my suggestion to you is to quit this argument because in the battle between people that are as$holes for no reason and people that are helpful to somebody in need (see my first post in this thread), the latter will always win. Midol... that was an awesome joke, by the way.. haven't heard that, nope, never heard that before. Did you, by chance, suggest Midol because you were trying to imply that I have a vagina? Wow, that was clever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dip n ride
    I wasn't offended in the least, I just thought it was kind of strange that somebody politely asks for some suggestions about how to keep warm and you go into a roid rage. You walk a fine line when you offer somebody advice, and when you're a dick about it (that's right! Called ya a dick again!!) then people aren't only not going to listen, they'll call you out. My calling you a dick wasn't supposed to be nice, or friendly, it was supposed to be what it was, me calling you a dick, because you're acting like a dick. You come into this forum, and you charge forward and forge an argument where there shouldn't be one, because anybody that doesn't do what you did is an idiot and a fool. Is that what happens around you? People ask for advice and you can't keep your ego in check long enough to either ignore them or at least be friendly about it?

    The advice you offered is good advice, nobody will deny that, but the way in which you chose to offer it is almost enough to discount the whole thing. It's called being civil.

    And, I have a pair my friend, my suggestion to you is to quit this argument because in the battle between people that are as$holes for no reason and people that are helpful to somebody in need (see my first post in this thread), the latter will always win. Midol... that was an awesome joke, by the way.. haven't heard that, nope, never heard that before. Did you, by chance, suggest Midol because you were trying to imply that I have a vagina? Wow, that was clever.
    Well like I said I think that I am the one who has given him the best advice. I have been through what he is going through. My apology to him stands if he is offended. You are reading way more in to my posts than I am putting in. I in no way "charged forward and forged an argument". I gave my advice. Which I think is what he was looking for? You started the arguing and then I just countered your baseless hostile remarks one by one. All I was doing at first was merely comparing him to me as being a fool for not seeking medical advice for so long. And a fool I was.


    And oh yeah,the whole Midol thing, thats always funny. I agree. And no I wasn't trying to insinuate that you have a vagina. Just that you are acting like it is around your 28th day of the month.

    I will drop this now. Everyone can decide for themselves who the real dick is.

    You may have the last word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Child
    And oh yeah,the whole Midol thing, thats always funny. I agree. And no I wasn't trying to insinuate that you have a vagina. Just that you are acting like it is around your 28th day of the month.
    mmm... misogyny.. I'm sure your girlfriend is very satisfied.
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    cold fx

    It works for most people that use it. We have long winters here.

    http://cae.cold-fx.com/

    In my experiance it will prevent as well as make recovery a lot quicker

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