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    Exercise and histamines

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    I have noticed that every time after i complete my sprint routine, i have episode of continuous sneezing and upper respiratory congestion . This goes away within an hour, the symptoms are similar to allergy symptoms.
    Has anyone experienced this?
    Does High intensity workouts increase histamines in the body causing these reactions?

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    YES. STOP SPRINTING. Not to freak you out or anything, but you could become seriously ill from this!

    My Blog: Sprinting? Never Again.

    My Previous Thread: Am I allergic to exercise/sprinting?

    I'm fine with most other HIIT. I can jump rope fine, or do Kettlebell swings. If I had access to a stationary bike, I think I'd be ok there too. Just not literal sprinting

    PS - I'm still trying to shake the respiratory problems I developed during the Sprint Session outlined in that blog . But GREAT NEWS that means you never have to sprint again woooooo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primalvore View Post
    YES. STOP SPRINTING. Not to freak you out or anything, but you could become seriously ill from this!

    My Blog: Sprinting? Never Again.

    My Previous Thread: Am I allergic to exercise/sprinting?

    I'm fine with most other HIIT. I can jump rope fine, or do Kettlebell swings. If I had access to a stationary bike, I think I'd be ok there too. Just not literal sprinting

    PS - I'm still trying to shake the respiratory problems I developed during the Sprint Session outlined in that blog . But GREAT NEWS that means you never have to sprint again woooooo!
    Are you saying if you have allergies/asthma(regular old, not exercise induced) not to do sprints?
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    This only happens to me if I am sprinting outside and its windy with a high pollen count. My throat starts to get itchy and mucus starts to develop. But I continue on and it eventually goes away. I have seasonal allergies and whether I am sprinting or walking it will happen regardless because of the large amount of pollen in my neighborhood. It always goes away after the first couple of sprints and I have been running/hill sprinting for over 10 years. This happens to my friends and my fiance as well when they run with me and they have no known allergies like I do. It is basically all the dust and pollen in the air getting trapped in the little hairs of your nose and throat causing a slight immune response because your body thinks there is a foreign object about to enter. It is completely normal.

    You may notice it more with vigorous exercise because you are sucking more air than when you are walking. A good tip is to try to breath through your nose more (even though its hard when sprinting). Your nose has a lot more hairs that really will defend your air passage from dust/pollen. Post workout use a neti-pot to irrigate and cleanse your sinuses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geostump View Post
    Are you saying if you have allergies/asthma(regular old, not exercise induced) not to do sprints?
    No no no I'm saying that one can be allergic to exercise itself! Haha I didn't mean my warning to be misconstrued to say "don't sprint if you can't take the grass pollen"...though I'd like to use that as an excuse . I freakin hate sprinting.

    What I'm talking about is called "Exercise Induced Anaphylaxia"...and you'd know if you had it :-P. With low impact activities, I break into hives very easily, but with all out sprinting my lungs nearly collapse. I still have a weird rumbling going on in my lungs from a couple weeks ago when I decided to sprint (for the last time).

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    Do you have high histamine levels as a matter of course or is it strictly exercise induced?

    I'm dealing with the opposite problem-lack of histamine (it's also a neurotransmitter, btw) and can seriously muck things up if you are too far out of kink either direction.

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    Wow primalvore, the symptoms you mentioned in your post are very similar to mine. Though i did not have hives, the metallic/blood taste and the feeling like your chest is closing on you sounds very similar.
    Its bad cause i like to sprint, but i guess i have to try kettle bells like you mentioned. Do they get your heart rate up as much as a sprint would?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eklecktika View Post
    Do you have high histamine levels as a matter of course or is it strictly exercise induced?

    I'm dealing with the opposite problem-lack of histamine (it's also a neurotransmitter, btw) and can seriously muck things up if you are too far out of kink either direction.
    I don't know if my histamine levels are always elevated (i don't have seasonal allergies ) I think its more exercise induced specifically only if i sprint. this doesn't happen when i work with weights, hot yoga or burpees but just running causes these symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aarambh View Post
    I don't know if my histamine levels are always elevated (i don't have seasonal allergies ) I think its more exercise induced specifically only if i sprint. this doesn't happen when i work with weights, hot yoga or burpees but just running causes these symptoms.
    Sounds to me like Exercise Induced Anaphylaxia.....

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    I literally just got home from my first Tabata sprint workout. It kicked my ass, but I also finished with some wheezing and a bit of very mild pain in my chest area. Didn't happen during my sprint session earlier this week - just this Tabata session. Has Mark ever mentioned this?

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