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    Bronchitis or something...?

    After short and brutally hard races where my lungs and legs are on fire, I sometimes spend the rest of the day feeling as if I'm a two packs a day person or have mild bronchitis; coughing lots. I'm not asthmatic, I don't have a chest infection and am healthy. I'm in what we in Canada would class as the 'expert' racing category, one notch down from elite/pro and this has been happening, on and off, for years (no, it's not a tumour, as the big man once said).

    Anyone else get this?

    I'm thinking it's a bronchiolar reaction to my lungs being hammered waaaaay harder than they are on more normal length rides. Maybe a kind of paradoxical bronchiolar constriction?

    It's pretty sucky and not what you'd expect when you're otherwise fit as a butcher's dog.

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    I went through something similar his summer and my doctor narrowed it down to either exercise induced asthma (aka cyclist cough) or allergy induced asthma. I was but on a asthma in-hailer for a month and it cleared up.

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    Cyclist cough...? Tell me more! That sounds right. Is this common? Are there ways around it?

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    Ah-ha. This sounds about right. Maybe I need an inhaler?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad View Post
    Cyclist cough...? Tell me more! That sounds right. Is this common? Are there ways around it?
    From what I can gather cyclist cough is the roadie term for exercised induced asthma. As my doctor explained to me, if you are breathing hard for extended periods of time it can cause your lungs to get irritated and inflamed. This can lead to a cough and mild asthma symptoms following a hard ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Mailloux View Post
    I was but on a asthma in-hailer for a month and it cleared up.
    I forgot to mention that my doc also out me on an Rx nasal allergy spray (Flonase) just incase seasonal allergies were the over riding factor in my condition.

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    Allergy

    I skied for a number of years and had the same problem. Just lived with it. During a routine health exam the doctor could hear my lungs with his scope and asked me some questions. He finally said that I probably had a slight allergy to cats. I've always had cats in the family but they never bothered me, so I thought. Made the cat an outdoor pet, stopped petting it and cleaned the house thoroughly. All problems went away. Suffered like that for 10 years. Didn't really bother me until I did something strenuous.

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    There is a specific evaluation test for exercise induced asthma to get a prescription for a steroid inhaler (and a Therapeutic Use Exemption, if you're competing). It is something you want to have checked by a doctor. Since you're in Canada, that exam shouldn't cost you anything.
    I'm a member of NSMBA and IMBA Canada

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    Thanks for all the help, guys. I'll pop down to see the doc this week.

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    Bronchitis or something...?

    If I push my lungs too hard the next day I start to get congestion and fluid in them. Other than inhalers and allergy meds I quickly took mucinex to help clear the crud from my lungs.

    History of chronic bronchitis as a kid. Have had pneumonia once. Chronic sinus infections until last year then got allergy shots, also had tonsils removed. It helped.

    If you suspect allergies I highly recommend going to a specialist. You can learns what grasses, weeds and trees you react to.


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    Do you consume a lot a caffeine on your rides? (Sports gels, supplements) I find that does it to me the next day.

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    aug-sep-oct is ragweed season

    but besides that, sounds like cyclist cough or exercise induced asthma

    I used to get this after big races no matter the season
    ...afterward for the rest of the day an occasional cough, goes away in 1 night

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    I usually get post-race cough (not horrible, but enough to notice), I just assumed it was my lungs way of telling me I did my best. I race in your same cat in the US btw. Oddly enough, and I just realized this, I won my cx race a week ago and didn't cough at all after, - I have been doing more intense workouts recently, maybe I'm toughening up. Re Canadians; I've raced with/against quite a few (mostly from BC), -tough climbers! I'd be more nervous about a group of Canadians showing up to a race than guys from any other region of North America.

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    Probably best if you move to BC and help us continue the legacy :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rei Miraa View Post
    If you suspect allergies I highly recommend going to a specialist. You can learns what grasses, weeds and trees you react to.
    I did that, the skin spot test on my back. Turned up positive/slightly positive for everything they tested for. So I started taking a daily pill (Montelukast), moved to the desert (but for school, not the asthma), and I've been asthma-free since then. I have a prescription for an emergency inhaler, and I carry the inhaler with me on every ride, but I haven't used it since I started the Montelukast.
    Sometimes, I question the value of my content.

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    I had similar issues at one race. A 24hr race that was super dusty. by the 2nd lap it hurt to breath. It did eventually clear up a day later.

    I used to have cold induced as a kid but that cleared it self and doesnt affect my racing.

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    Bronchitis or something...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    I did that, the skin spot test on my back. Turned up positive/slightly positive for everything they tested for. So I started taking a daily pill (Montelukast), moved to the desert (but for school, not the asthma), and I've been asthma-free since then. I have a prescription for an emergency inhaler, and I carry the inhaler with me on every ride, but I haven't used it since I started the Montelukast.
    I take Allegra in the morning. Then montelukast at night. Use a nasal spray once a day. Also Benedryl at night. I really hope these allergy shots work in another year. Being allergic to everything Except alder, birch and oak. I use the steroid inhaler before the ride. Then the blue rescue after. It helps.


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