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Why Does My Nose Run When I Run?

author image Judy Kilpatrick
For Judy Kilpatrick, gardening is the best mental health therapy of all. Combining her interests in both of these fields, Kilpatrick is a professional flower grower and a practicing, licensed mental health therapist. A graduate of East Carolina University, Kilpatrick writes for national and regional publications.
Why Does My Nose Run When I Run?
Running during cold weather can increase rhinitis symptoms. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

It's not fun to have your nose run when you are running, but this is a common condition called exercise-induced rhinitis. Today Health reports that it affects approximately 40 percent of endurance athletes. Individuals who are prone to allergies appear to be more likely to suffer from this annoying, but otherwise not serious, condition.

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Vasomotor Rhinitis

Exercise-induced rhinitis is a form of vasomotor rhinitis, a non-inflammatory condition. This isn't the same as allergy-specific rhinitis, but the symptoms can be similar. Brought on by hypersensitivity to environmental factors, such as dry or cold air, or particulates in the air -- not necessarily allergens -- VMR tends to be a chronic condition that manifests at various times, including while running. Symptoms include a watery discharge, sneezing and congestion.

Non-Allergic Runny Nose Treatment

If your runny nose interferes with your exercise, over-the-counter and prescription treatments are available. If you're not sure if you have vasomotor rhinitis or an actual allergy, contact an allergist for an accurate diagnosis.

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