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Catarrh

 

Overview

Catarrh is the inflammation of the mucous membrane, especially in the nose and throat, which can also be accompanied by increased production of mucus. It is most commonly associated with the common cold. 

 

Causes

This problem is caused when there is mucus blockage due to swelling of mucous membranes and excess mucus. For some, a structural abnormality in the nasal cavity could also be a cause. Underlying conditions of common cold, hay fever, rhinitis, sinusitis, flu and allergy can cause catarrh. The allergies can be because of food, pollen, dust, smoke or other allergens. The symptom of catarrh can also be associated with ear and adenoid infections or tonsils. Cold and damp conditions or over dry air might be other responsible factors to bring on catarrh. Those people with a feeble constitution, insufficient nourishment and who are exposed to vagaries of the environment may be more susceptible to develop catarrh.  

 

Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of catarrh are a stuffy nose, runny nose, post nasal drip and facial pain. This condition may be accompanied by general tiredness, sneezing, headache, joint pains, morose disposition, weak stomach and itchy eyes. The person who is affected may have a feeling of irritation or sensitiveness in the nose that could be inflamed.  Problems in breathing might also arise in these circumstances. The characteristic feature of catarrh is the discharge that could be clear, profuse, thick and yellowish depending on the stage of the ailment. It could further lead to throat irritation where a person may resort to frequent expectoration. In severe advanced cases of catarrh, there might be impairment of smell, taste, sight and hearing.  There may also be a possibility of constitutional derangement. Excess of mucus could lead to a cough and further progress may lead to different respiratory disorders.

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will do a thorough physical examination and note the symptoms experienced by the patient. The doctor will also find out the medical history of the patient and suggest a few laboratory tests to check for possible causes. Allergy testing may be recommended to pinpoint specific allergens that could be causing the allergic reactions.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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