If you’ve ever ridden in the cold, not cool weather, but cold weather then you’ve probably encountered a dripping nose. I don’t mean a runny nose like you get with a cold but an actually dripping nose like a dripping faucet. Yes it sounds gross but it’s probably happened to you when riding in the winter time. It’s really just a side effect of the cold air on your sinuses. You might think that the only way to prevent it is to put tissues up your nose!
But there is not only relief but prevention available! On a toy ride just before Christmas the wife of one of the riders told some of us (and one poor guy who was really suffering from the drips) to just use one of the over the counter all day allergy prevention medicines such as Zyrtec. I thought to myself “You know, that might just work.” During allergy season I routinely take a store brand of Claritin with great success. In fact, the store brand is from a wholesale membership club so I got a good-sized bottle of 365 tablets! Here in the U.S. there are three name brand medicines available of Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegra along with store brands for all three. Claritin and Allegra both pride themselves as being “non drowsy”. I’ve taken Zyrtec in the past but have never experienced any drowsiness. All three boast 24 hour relief.
Well last weekend when we went for an all day ride and knew the beginning and some portions of the ride could be cold so I started the day off with my store brand of Claritin. I’ll have to admit that the advice was right on the money and I didn’t notice a dripping nose once. Go ahead and give it a shot. If it doesn’t work for some reason, at least you have some allergy medicine for next spring and summer.