Catarrh is an indeterminate, unhealthy expression that means various things to different people, but virtually all of them suffer from a clogged nose from which the fluid is excreted. This liquid can be rare and clear, but more often it is thicker and shabby. Ill people feel uneasy and are breathing heavily. In the night, the nostrils on the side where the patient lays is clogged and disturbs the dream, or the discharge squeezes into the throat which leads to coughing. Depending on the cause, the condition may last for weeks or come and pass in a few days.
The most common cause of the catarrh is a viral infection, such a cold. Children in the early years of schooling, when exposed to many viruses, are particularly prone to seizures. By the age of eight, most children become more resistant to such infections.
Other conditions that may cause a catarrh include allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and some nasal congestion distortions. If a basic illness is resolved, the catarrh also usually disappears. Catarrh may occur due to local irritation of dust, too much dry air, gas or fuel oil firing, or airborne chemical substances. Some medications can also cause the creation of nasal discharge.
Self-help for a clogged nose or nose that leaks
Although viral infections such as a common cold can not be treated, problems with nose (that started with those viral infections) can be facilitated by self-help guidelines. Also, remember that the nasal mucosa is sensitive and has a lot of capillaries on the surface itself; make sure not to wipe your nose too vigorously as it may lead to nosebleed and create additional problems.
Inhalation with steam
A range of inhalation agents can be obtained without a prescription; they usually contain menthol or a similar substance. When dissolved in water and breathe through the nose, they relax the mucous membrane, which can then be thoroughly cleansed by thoroughly wiping the nose.
Wipe your nose with clean tissue. First discharge one nostril and close the other by pressing the side of the nose. Repeat the procedure with your other nostril. People often mistakenly squeeze both nostrils. It forces the air, that can not go through the nose, through the Eustachian tube in the middle ear where it can penetrate the canopy. Musuc can, in the same way, penetrate through the Eustachian tube in the ear and spread the infection.
Means for decongestion of the nasal mucosa
You can, without a prescription, buy preparations for collecting and drying the swollen tissue that creates mucus in the nose and the sinuses, and for the purification of the remaining mucus from the nose. These agents can be obtained as tablets, sprays or drops. Do not ever exceed the maximum dose indicated in the package leaflet as this will result in a feedback reaction, i.e. the tissue will react to the drug in the decongestant, creating more mucus than before. Prolonged use can eventually cause injury and scar on the nasal tissue and create new problems.