Skiers often experience increased amounts of thin, clear, nasal discharge when skiing in cold weather.  While allergies or infections might be to blame for this reaction, the most likely explanation for the bothersome mucus flow is “cold-induced rhinorrhea” (CIR). Inhaling cold air dramatically increases the body’s natural nasal fluid production.   As a result, excess fluids may drip from the nose.  In a recent study, a group of ski patrollers were given nasal spray to use before going skiing.  The majority of participants in the study noticed improvement in their nasal symptoms while skiing and minimal side effects afterwards.  If you are tired of parka pockets stuffed with used tissues, consult an allergist for an appropriate treatment to manage cold-induced rhinorrhea.

P.S.  Although cold-induced rhinorrhea is sometimes called “skier’s nose,” anyone who is inhaling frosty air can experience this common syndrome.

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