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Old 12-08-2014, 05:42 AM   #1
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Cold weather riding and sore throat

For the past 2 weeks I've had a sore throat but otherwise felt okay. I've been riding in 30 degree temperatures wearing a balaclava. I breath through it and all air is subject to whatever germs I just breathed out through it.

Can riding in cold weather contribute to a sort throat? Also can the balaclava worsen the issue?
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:59 AM   #2
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If anything breathing hyper-cold air will KILL harmful bacteria in the throat and lungs.

That's why tuberculosis patients were brought out to the Rocky Mountains and made to sleep outdoors under heavy blankets. It was "the cure."

I found, skiing and snowboarding, that I'd get a big improvement in my ability to breathe, congestion relief from breathing cold air but then crash really hard from over-exercising while sick. Wasn't sure if I was doing good or harm....didn't care, just wanted fresh powder and screw the cold!
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:26 AM   #3
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Can riding in cold weather contribute to a sort throat?
Yes. The air your are breathing is too cold and dry and your chest needs more insulation. I'm not a doctor, but I play one on the internet.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:50 AM   #4
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Can riding in cold weather contribute to a sort throat? Also can the balaclava worsen the issue?
Yes, and no.

The cold air is dry and and irritates your airways. The balaclava should help warm and moisten (from the condensation from your own breath on it) the air you are inhaling which should ease the issue slightly.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:05 AM   #5
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If anything breathing hyper-cold air will KILL harmful bacteria in the throat and lungs.
For that to happen one's internal temperature would have to drop to a level to freeze/kill bacteria in the throat and lungs.

It's all moot at that point since you're already dead from hypothermia.

And they "used to......."

Barbers used to perform a tonsillectomy right there in the barber chair too.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:08 AM   #6
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For that to happen one's internal temperature would have to drop to a level to freeze/kill bacteria in the throat and lungs.

It's all moot at that point since you're already dead from hypothermia.
Exactly. Bacteria and viruses are generally much tougher than we are.
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:59 AM   #7
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For the past 2 weeks I've had a sore throat but otherwise felt okay.
Does the sore throat go away once you're indoors, or does it persist? If it persists, you should probably see a doctor; you might have tonsillitis or some other throat malady. I've never had a sore throat from riding in cold weather, even as low as -2F.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:03 AM   #8
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Exactly. Bacteria and viruses are generally much tougher than we are.
Yup. The cold suppresses the immune system and the illness runs wild. Go see a doc.
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:52 PM   #9
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Breath through the nose, not the mouth.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:26 AM   #10
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Breath through the nose, not the mouth.
Irony.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:48 PM   #11
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Irony.
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Worked well for me, two decades ago.
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Old 12-13-2014, 12:02 PM   #12
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do you ride in a full face lid? or an open face.

if its an open face lid then the cold air with be hitting your face on the hole run.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:14 PM   #13
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Full face. The sore throat has gone away on it's own.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:46 PM   #14
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When I go riding in cold weather, I always pop a menthol cough drop in my mouth when I start out. It seems to work for me.
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:18 PM   #15
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For that to happen one's internal temperature would have to drop to a level to freeze/kill bacteria in the throat and lungs.

It's all moot at that point since you're already dead from hypothermia.
Tissue death can occur without the whole body dying, as it does in frostbite. However, I'm even sure that would be the goal in the case of these patients. Reducing the temperature dramatically might have brought down the temp below the optimal breeding range for that type of disease. Slowing the reproduction to give the immune system and any medications a stronger chance.
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Yup. The cold suppresses the immune system and the illness runs wild. Go see a doc.
It isn't that clear-cut:
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A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine in the late 1970s famously debunked the belief that the common cold is linked to cold exposure, but British cold researchers have maintained that there is a cold–to–common cold connection. Their hypothesis: cold air rushing into the nasal passages makes infections more probable by diminishing the local immune response there. - January 2010 Harvard Medical School Health Letter
I regularly get a significantly sore throat when mouth-breathing heavily in the cold from strenuous activity like running, skiing, or cycling. Were you riding in the dirt?
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