Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Allergic to running??

Last Tuesday I decided to take my new #kindrunner sneaks out for their first really long run.  I was in my hometown of Vancouver, it was a gorgeous day - not too hot, too cold, not rainy!  I started out and was literally having one of the best runs of my life.  I had gone over 5 miles without needing to walk (which for me is a long way!).  Everything seems to be perfect and I am starting to think ok, I can really do the SeaWheeze, I can totally do this.

And then...my eye starts itching.  At first, I think its just sweat and coconut oil (which I use on my face as moisturizer) running into my eye.  And then I know...it's allergies.  I have a history of random allergies - when I was 24 travelling through Australia I was hit by a major allergy attack.   My eye started swelling and by the time I saw a doctor I looked like I had been punched repeatedly in the face and was even starting to have some signs of anaphylaxis.  After a huge adrenaline shot, I was back to normal in about 4 hours.  Since then, I've had a several attacks, although thankfully none of them have ever had anaphylactic symptoms again.  Usually, they strike with little to no warning and allergy testing  hasn't been able to pin down the problem but my doctor did say that certain combos of working out, eating certain foods and seasonal allergies could be a problem.  Unfortunately, there is no real way to know what to avoid.

It's been a long while since I've had a serious attack but this one was pretty bad.  Bad enough that I ran to the nearest convenient store and bought incredibly overpriced Benadryl to try and stop it.  Bad enough that I cancelled both my hair appointment and dinner with a freind cause my face looked so messed up.

Since a few of the worst allergy attacks have happened while working out, running specifically, I googled allergic to running.  Apparently it's a real thing!  Apparently some people really are allergic to running - some people even get full on anaphylaxis from hard workouts.  I don't know if this is really what I have since I've had all kinds of allergic reactions when I'm not working out but it has made me wonder if hard exercise is part of the problem.  It's also made me wonder if I should take a Benadryl before the SeaWheeze? Will the slight tiredness caused by Benadryl be outweighed but the confidence gained that I won't have a reaction?

Has this happened to anyone else? Any tips? What the heck is going on??

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