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Recently I have taken up swimming laps  for exercise. I am 65 years odl, in good shape , and am a fairly decent swimmer. I wear goggles but no nose clip. Unfortunately, I am miseraable for several hours after I finish my laps.. My nose drips constantly and I sneeze continuously! It is so weird! I do not want to quit swimming so hope you have a suggestion for me. Thanks.

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Hi M Fox: Not having in-depth knowledge of your physical endowments, handicaps or medical issues, I can only give some common-sense suggestions. Also, after you've heard what suggestions I'm providing, you should  opt to discuss these issues with your ears, nose, throat specialist. If you have never had contact with one, this appears the time to do so.
Suggestion(1):Swimming pools vary in acidity, chlorine content,etc. You might want to check with the pool engineer where you swim to ask him about such conditions. High acidity and/or high chlorine content, even  high pool temperatures can affect sinuses and bronchial physiology. The higher the acidity, chlorine & temperature readings the more significant will be the results you mention.
Suggestion(2): For next swim session, wear nose clips and swim for same amount of time you usually swim (you didn't mention how long your swim session average-an important factor#. If after the session, none of these symptoms occur, we can confirm that indeed, it's a respiratory issue. If the symptoms you mentioned persist, then we need to look further as to what are causative factors.
Suggestion #3)Assuming after using noseclip, the symptoms mentioned didn't occur, (a# contact EAR,NOSE,THROAT specialist,& explain the problem and the experiment using earplugs. He/she may prescribe a respiratory spray to use before/after swimming that may nullify and/or minimize the nose drip and sneezing.Additionally:If your swim sessions last over 2 hours per swim, you may want to split the sessions in half, swim 1hr+ in morning/swim 1hr+ in afternoon/evening to lessen symptoms.
Suggestion #3):If not of the above solve your problem: Buy a good set of swim fins and snorkel. A friend of mine uses them with his goggles (or facemask# and swims close to 2 1/ hours. He has great workouts!Use of the snorkel eliminates the respiratory issues you mention.  TRY ANY OR ALL THE ABOVE. LET ME KNOW IF WE SOLVED THE PROBLEM#S). GOOD LUCK. KEN

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Kenneth Pollock

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Based upon lifetime of teaching and practice in all aquatic areas: swimming, life-saving, acquacise, pool games/sports, water-based exercises for injuries to major parts of the body:legs, arms, trunk, hands, arms, shoulders, etc.A Advanced diving techniques 'I can't';'I won't.'I'll be able to answer and provide specific remedial techniques & activities in most of the above categories with 90%-95% proficieny. I should mention at least 10 yrs. experience in wellness-fitness classes for seniors and their juniors! (Includes me!)

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Based upon the above overview and brief summary of my water skills and the teachings of them, I have taught or have been involved in these areas personally; that includes utilizing these techniques for self-injuries to my shoulders, knees i.e., torn maniscus. I have certs in teaching water-based movements for arthritics as well. My umbrella of teaching and "working" in these areas totals approximatley 40 years...

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Past history: Fitness/Wellness/Swim Instructor-20 yrs. Staten Island YMCA., 281 Broadway SINY. Presently: Part/Time Professor in Health/Phys ED at Kingsborough Community College, teaching both aquacise, water-based volley ball, Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Swimming classes. Kingsborough C.C. address:2001 Oriental Blvd., B'klyn N 11235-25+ yrs.

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Education/Credentials
I have Masters Degree in Special Education. Almost 30 credits + in Physiology/Education from Columbia Univ., NYC (involves working with "challenged" populations with both/either mental and physical handicaps.

Awards and Honors
MY (RE)WARD IS BEING ABLE TO RETIRE FROM THE NYCBOE AFTER TEACHING AND EVALUATING CHILDREN/ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS FOR 36 YEARS! THE HONOR I RECEIVED IN DOING SO WAS THE WONDERFUL RESPECT, THANKS FROM PEERS, STUDENTS, PARENTS & SUPERVISORS FOR SIGNIFICANT, POSITIVE CHANGES IN THEIR [CHARGES] AND LOVED ONES WHO HAD COME UNDER MY GUIDANCE AND TUTELEGE!

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