I'm really not kidding. I'm just passing this information on in case anybody out there finds themselves struggling as I did. It all started with the onset of allergy symptoms a few years ago. No surprise, I'm 61 and lived in the middle of thousands of acres of forest in the middle of Michigan for 15 years, a perfect recipe. They got worse, and worse, and finally intolerable after I moved into a condo in town. I had the duct work cleaned, talked to a doctor who offered nothing except prescription strength whatever I was using. I couldn't sleep, couldn't breath, couldn't predict when my nasal passages would swell shut or clear up. At one point the bridge of my nose was swollen more than an inch wider than normal. Then, my favorite micro brew went out of season...I got better. I consulted a doctor who said it might be Rhinophyma, a rare disorder which affects middle aged men with fair skin. He offered Accutane, I declined, already having experience with those side effects.
The fact is they don't know much about it, except that there are environmental triggers, mainly dietary. It's one of those things that is so rare, not life threatening and consequently there's no profit to be made, so nobody has researched it. I'm going to share the value of my independent, totally intuitive and empirical experience. A to B to C said stop drinking beer. That's easy, I can always cry myself to sleep. Well I stopped drinking anything and the symptoms improved greatly. After a couple weeks I experimented and found I had swelling and congestion when I drank beer and red wine in particular, less when I drank white wine and practically none when I drank triple distilled vodka. Searching the net for alcohol and allergies, I found that there are natural histamines produced in the fermentation process. They are especially high in beer and red wine, less in white and even less in distilled spirits (I suppose they got killed). Ok. so cut down the booze and limit it to expensive vodka, no problem.
This condition was, in the past, understandably linked to alcoholism because of famous sufferers like WC Fields and JP Morgan but what few authorities there are have discarded that theory. The problem, if not addressed, develops into permanently swollen nasal passages and a huge deformed shnozzola:
rule #47 but I will just have to do with a little vodka now and then to compensate. I hope the Velominati understand.
You don't have to take this as advice, but it has been my experience crawling back from the depths of oxygen deprivation.
This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.
Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.