Many people love to swim often, but sometimes the body is “unsettled”, especially when it is sniffling, it is afraid to go into the water. Often the most common reason for a runny nose is sinusitis, a cold, or the common cold. In other cases, a runny nose occurs due to an allergy, fever or respiratory illness.
Here, I am not referring to those with chronic sinusitis. These people should see a specialist for the best advice and treatment before they even think about swimming.
What I want to ask here is can people with respiratory diseases swim? Let’s find out through the following article!
The rest of the sniffers will be classified into two types: sniffled before entering the water and sniffled after swimming.
People who suddenly have a stuffy nose or a runny nose before getting into the water are mostly due to mild cold. Such people do not necessarily avoid swimming. Whether you get into the water or not depends on how you feel. If you are still healthy, just go into the water. A mild upper respiratory tract infection does not mean an infection of the entire lower body! However, it will be a different story if you have a fever. In this case, you must stay away from the swimming pool completely (especially during this Covid season). If you have a severe cough, you can’t swim either – not just for yourself, but also for avoiding the spread of the disease. And don’t waste time with severe respiratory problems: see your doctor right away if you are truly sick.
So why do people have a stuffy nose, a runny nose after swimming? There are 2 main causes of this problem.
Do you notice a burning sensation every time the water hits your nose? That burning sensation is caused by chlorinated water entering the cavity of the sinuses, stimulating the thin membranes that surround the cavity.
When chlorine gets into the ear or nose, it can cause irritation and swelling, which over time can develop into a sinus infection. A sinus infection, also known as a sinus infection, occurs when the thin skin lining your sinuses swells up, trapping mucus inside the sinus cavities, allowing bacteria to grow.
One study found that about 35% of swimmers said they had a stuffy nose temporarily after swimming. Symptoms can start as soon as you get out of the pool until a few hours later. Simply put, for many swimmers, a stuffy nose is simply a problem of water stuck in the nasal passages and causing irritation.
Another possibility that you might have a stuffy nose after swimming is that you are allergic to something in the pool water. For example, if you swim in an outdoor pool, pollen accumulating on the surface of the water can cause an allergic reaction. Or perfumes and lotions from other swimmers could be leached into the water.
There may also be bacteria in the water that cause irritation. The irritation causes the mucus in the nose to thicken and block the sinuses, leading to a stuffy nose.
The remedy to reduce congestion after swimming is different from person to person because it depends on the cause of the sinus irritation. You may need to experiment with several techniques and see which works for your stuffy nose. However, if you have a sinus infection or infection that persists for days or weeks, then you should see your doctor.
If you have taken the above precautions and you still have a stuffy nose and discomfort for many days then the place you need to go is not the swimming pool but the doctor’s office! Don’t let your stuffy nose stop you from swimming.