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Nasal Congestion After Swimming and How To Fix It

When I started swimming, I had no problem jumping in the pool, log thousands of yards, get out and go on with my day. However, many years ago, I started to feel slight nasal congestion and caused a lot of sneezing.

At first, I thought this is attributed to my normal seasonal allergies and dealt with it as such. However, my nasal congestion just gotten worse where I was sneezing non-stop for hours and my nose got so clogged up where I couldn’t breath through my nose and caused me a lot of sleepless nights.

I had no idea what was causing this, because it didn’t happen right after my swims. Usually it starts hours after my swim and continue for a full day. After a while, I connected the dots and realize this could be attributed to possibly allergic reaction to chlorine.

It turns out that the bacteria, viruses, or fungi in pool water can enter the nasal passages, which can lead to inflammation and even cause infections. Chlorine, however, is an even more common cause for post-swim sinus problems. When chlorine and chemicals in the pool irritate the nose, mucus becomes thick and the sinuses become plugged.

So how did I solve this issue?

At first, I started using the Neti Pot to clean my nose. That didn’t help much at all. I noticed getting into the steam room for 5-10 minutes post swims helped a little bit, but usually I don’t have the time to spend additional 10 minutes in the steam room and I didn’t have a steam room available in every pool I went to.

After talking to some swimmers, they recommended getting a nose clip. I immediately went to Amazon and searched for nose clips and got myself one and suddenly no sinus issues any longer.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, I highly recommend looking into nose clips. I use the Cressi nose clip and highly recommend it.  These can be uncomfortable at first but you will quickly get used to them. I carry bunch of them in my swim bag and will not enter the pool water without it. Swimming one length is enough to trigger my sinus issues.

 

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