A runny nose is a common companion of viral infections that attack us not only during the cold season, but throughout the year. We often call inflammation of the nasal mucosa simply a "cold" and when it is not particularly severe, we do not attach much importance to its treatment. It seems that everything related to the runny nose is clear to us. But do we really know enough about it to just ignore it?
Per liter of daily protection in our nose
In addition to being important for appearance, the nose is the main "pathway" through which air enters and exits our lungs. The ancient Egyptians even believed that their life was breathed through it.
Every day, about a liter of mucus (mucus) is produced in the nose, which passes through the sinuses, flows down the throat and reaches the stomach.It is the first barrier against microbes, allergens and polluted particles in the air. Generally speaking, they "stick" to it before being breathed into the lungs, where they can cause far more serious problems. When we get sick, the production of this mucus increases many times over. In fact, no matter how unpleasant the symptoms are, a runny nose is a protective state of the body - through it, it tries to keep the "bad guys" in the nose so they don't pass down the respiratory system.
However, this should not give us reason to ignore her. Because like any other he alth problem, it can lead to complications, some of which are really serious. If we do not start the correct therapy of the nasal cavity in time, the infection can quickly enter the body and cause a lot of trouble such as bronchitis, ear inflammation, sinusitis, secretions will accumulate behind the eardrum, which will reduce hearing.
A runny nose makes it difficult for the brain to work
In addition to purifying the inhaled air, the nasal mucosa has the unique function of warming and humidifying it.One of the main problems when we have a runny nose is that we automatically turn on mouth breathing. Unprocessed air begins to penetrate into the lower respiratory tract, which the lung perceives as a threat and, in order to protect itself from damage, does not allow it deeper. Thus, the body does not receive enough oxygen, the work of the brain is slowed down. For this reason, when we have a runny nose or are sick, we usually feel out of sorts and unable to concentrate.
Prolonged nasal obstruction, over months, can lead to facial changes in children (disrupt the formation of the dentition, the anatomy of the upper jaw) and even a slight retardation in mental development due to limited access to oxygen in the brain.
The fact that a runny nose reduces the sense of smell is not to be underestimated. And besides playing a key role in our taste perception, it is also important for our safety. We need our sense of smell to smell spoiled food, toxic gases or smoke for example.
It is a mistake to treat a runny nose without knowing its cause
This is what the chairman of the Bulgarian Rhinological Association Prof. Dr. Dilyana Vicheva warnsStatistics show that in recent decades the number of people suffering from allergic rhinitis has significantly increased. Many of them do not even suspect that their frequent runny nose is actually due to an allergy and not an acute infection.
This is why, even in the cold and flu season, when our nose runs, it is recommended to visit an Ear, Nose, Throat specialist. Only he can do the necessary examination and examination of the nasal mucosa to determine the type of runny nose and prescribe the appropriate treatment. This is especially important for children, who, because of their imperfect immune system, are more vulnerable to complications.
The dangers of traditional treatment
Prof. Dr. Dilyana Vicheva is adamant that the nature of the runny nose should not be underestimated, and the diagnosis should not be viewed unilaterally. It is also wrong to think that her treatment includes only drops for the nose. Prescribing without an established cause, overdosing and constantly placing these drugs in the nose both in childhood and in adulthood are also among the most common mistakes we make. The drops constrict the blood vessels in the nose and achieve only temporary relief of breathing and other unpleasant symptoms. If we abuse their use, there is a risk of habituation and development of the so-called "medicinal rhinitis", recurrence of the condition, aggravation of symptoms. Sometimes it even comes to an operative resolution of the problem. It should not be forgotten that most of these drugs are not suitable for small children.
A cold can also be cured in a gentle and safe way
In his practice, the chairman of the Bulgarian Rhinological Association increasingly trusts homeopathic medicines as an effective and safe method of rhinitis therapy.Her observations are very good from the application of the modern sparing remedy for the treatment of runny nose with luffa - a fruiting plant from the Pumpkin family, proven effective in acute and chronic diseases of the nasal mucosa.
“On the one hand, the loofah cleans the nose. On the other hand, it has an anti-allergic effect without being aggressive, and preserves the functions of the nasal mucosa, which is extremely important," explains Prof. Dr. Vicheva. On the basis of loofah, the homeopathic nasal spray Influnasal is composed, which is among the few medicines suitable for children under 1 year. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effect, unclogs the nose, improves the natural process of clearing the mucous membrane of secretions, protects against the development of a chronic runny nose. The specialist recommends it for the treatment of both infectious and allergic rhinitis, regardless of whether they are in an acute phase or in a chronic state.