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Your Nose is the Guardian of Your Lungs:
Your nose is a vital organ and plays an important role in maintaining the health of your body. It processes the air that you breathe in before it enters your lungs. It is almost unbelievable that close to 10 000 litres of air are being cleaned, humidified and warmed by our nose and sinus membranes every single day. Billions of atoms, chemicals and micro-organisms are removed in the process before they can cause any health issues.
Your nasal protection mechanisms consist of mucociliary clearance (mucous is incessantly being transported backwards and then swallowed) reflex responses such as sneezing, immune reactions (cells that eat up or neutralise microorganisms) and antimicrobial activity when enzymes deactivate viruses or bacteria.
When you breathe through your mouth as a result of heavy exercise or nasal congestion is present as a result of disease, larger amounts of pollutants are then deposited in the lungs because the nasal filter is bypassed.
Sudden exposure to pollutants will lead to irritation of the nose and will in all probability cause tearing, itching, coughing and sneezing – this is due to the nose’s protection system being activated. A runny nose signals the readiness of the nose to flush out the intruders, and this is often associated with sneezing which in turn propels mucous and trapped pollutants from the airway.
Nasal congestion otherwise referred to as “stuffy nose” describes the obstruction of the flow of air in and out of the nasal passages. On the other hand, “runny nose” refers to a discharge of fluid that comes from the nasal passages causing a postnasal drip resulting in a sore throat or cough.
Nasal congestion is usually the result of inflammation and the swelling of the lining tissues of the sinuses and the nasal passages.
A less common cause of a stuffy nose may be due to a deviated nasal septum or as a direct result of foreign bodies in the nasal passages.
The continuous use of nasal decongestants in the form of drops or sprays can actually aggravate congestion as decongestants should only be used for a short period of time to receive the condition and thereafter due to a rebound effect the congestion may become worse. Decongestants are not formulated to be used on a continual basis.
Nasal congestions or “stuffy nose” is a result of the nasal and adjacent tissues and blood vessels swelling up with excessive fluid causing a stuffy feeling. Nasal congestion might or might not be accompanied by a runny nose.
In most instances, a stuffy nose is simply an irritant for adults and older children, but for infants and young children nasal congestion could prove to be problematic and can even cause an interruption in sleep patterns as well as feeding patterns causing great discomfort.
Congestion, in most instances, goes away on its own within a week.
It is vital to pay attention to problems to the nose because the connection between the nose and the lungs is significant.
Keeping the nasal passages clear at all times will reduce or avoid issues in the lungs such as asthma and bronchitis; by ignoring congestion and a runny nose, a thick nasal discharge may form which can lead to lung problems as well as further issues.
When your nose becomes congested you will:
There are a number of causes of a stuffy or runny nose
It is a good idea to keep the mucous thin as it will assist in draining the sinuses and nose and will relieve congestion.
Drink plenty of water, too, as being hydrated is all-important in keeping your entire body in peak condition, particularly during the winter months.
Home care for that stuffy nose:
Remember that congestion is often more problematic when you are horizontal! Keep as upright as possible and try to sleep in a sitting position with your head elevated.
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