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I don't have asthma (that I know of) I do have mild allergies to something that comes out in the Spring with increased symptoms the past few years - runny nose and itchy eyes but is not bad and really only noticeable on windy days.
Since I started biking a few months ago, I find that while I'm fine during the ride, after about 15 minutes of rest after finishing a ride I start coughing and feel congested. Its not a terrible cough, like an annoying cough that sticks with you after you're otherwise over a cold.
I doubt its exercise induced asthma because I'm totally fine during the ride, its at least 15 minutes after I'm done exercising that I start coughing.
Thanks for any advice you have to offer. I am planning on asking a doctor about it, just thought I'd get a jump on it and see if others have had a similar experience or know why this happens.
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There is also something called "Pursuiter's Cough" and I am not 100% sure, but I think it is different from "Exercise-induced Asthma".
I typically get Pursuiters Cough after a time trial event. Sometimes I will get it after a very hard road race. I don't get it after training rides.
In a timetrial you are breathing so hard and heavy, it is almost as if the dryness of your throat combined with the heavy breathing "sand-papers" the back of your throat. Consequently, I often have a dry (occasional) cough which can last a couple of hours, or sometimes a couple of days.
When I don't cough, I take it as a sign that I didn't push myself hard enough!
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Do you get the cough only during the same season that you get the allergy symptoms? (sounds like grasses - April/May through June/July?) Or whenever you ride?
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I get a cough sometimes after an intense ride. I'm probably wrong but I like to believe it is caused by parts of my lungs being used that don't usually get used and my body is just clearing out any "debris" that is getting into the normally unused nooks and crannies.
As a former long-time heavy smoker (no cigarettes in 18 years), I will take an exercised-induced minor cough any day compared to the coughs I had when I quit smoking (and couldn't exercise much).
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Oh - and I think this has to do with HOW you breathe. When I do these workouts, most of my breathing is through my mouth vs. my nose, and I think that dries the throat, and has a more immediate impact on the lungs (my multiple years of medical training says so anyway ).
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OakLeaf - I can't really say whether or not the cough happens in the same season as my allergies as this is the first time I've experienced the cough after riding - just getting back into bike riding this year after not seriously riding in over 10 years. I'm thinking the allergies may be a contributing factor, along with pushing myself aerobically.
From the responses, it sounds like I'm not the only one to have this.
I was pushing myself because I hadn't been on the bike in about a week and a half and felt like I should make up for it a little. And I'm trying to up my cadence to see what effect that has on my endurance. (I have no idea if that makes any sense, but I felt stronger at the end of the ride than I generally have been feeling and at a higher avg speed. )
Yup, Spec&Trek... if you were pushing yourself, and aren't in the middle of allergy season, I would guess you had "pursuiters cough" / "bikers cough"
Don't worry about it. There is nothing you can do, it does you no harm apart from the irritation, and it goes away
I also attribute it to clearing out the clogged alveoli. I have just a touch of asthma. Do you get a productive cough - with a very stale taste - and a burning sensation deep in your lungs? Someone would have to come up with some very definitive information to convince me that that isn't what's going on.
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It is possible that the coughing is do to really dry weather. It should get better as it gets warmer. The warm air holds a bit more moisture. Or it could be related to thermal inversions.
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I get one - not all the time and I cannot ever predict when it will happen, but after a long, hard ride (nothing like a TT or anything like that, though - usually one with a lot of climbing that makes me breathe hard). I get a cough that can last as much as 24 hours. The best way for me to describe it is that I have a tickle way down in my throat that won't go away. If I try to take a deep breath, I cough! It is almost like my chest is constricted slightly and that causes the tickle. I do not have exercise-induced asthma....though I was mis-diagnosed as having it a few years ago.
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I get this really bad in cold weather riding. I've ended up wearing a Buff over my mouth & nose, or more recently picked up a mask with cutouts for nostrils & mouth - helps keep my breath warm & moist. Have to adjust at every stop to prevent the glasses from fogging over, but it's helped significantly on the road.
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