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I run outside in the cold and my sinuses always get blocked up. i'm fine otherwise when not outside. what's going on? normal? can it be prevented?

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Dr. Chris Tonozzi
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Somewhat normal: A runny nose is common while exercising outside, especially in the cold. It should run freely, though. Perhaps you have some sinus inflammation. A nasal steroid spray may help with this.
Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Cold & Stuffy nose: The nose acts as a thermometer and barometer. Sudden changes in temperature or barometric pressure will often lead to congestion. The main function of the nose is to warm and humidify the air we breath. Cold air makes the nose work harder, thus, the swelling and stuffiness. Use an oral decongestant, psedoephedrine (sudafed), before you go outdoors. A nasal steroid spray works well also.

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