Raising the nose is healthier than blowing the nose
While pulling the nose up is disgusting for some people, from a health point of view it offers clear advantages to those with a cold compared to blowing their nose, explains Hartmut Kuske of the German General Medical Association to “Welt Online”. Because the pressure of blowing your nose can cause the colds to penetrate deep into your sinuses and cause other complaints, such as sinus infection, according to the doctor.
For example, while in China it is completely normal to pull your nose up when you have a cold and the use of a handkerchief causes amazement to disgust, Europeans often turn away in disgust when pulling their noses up. From a health point of view, however, this offers some advantages. "I advise pulling up the nasal mucus as often as possible if you have a cold," emphasized Hartmut Kuske, who works as a general practitioner in Bernau near Berlin. The expert advises against blowing his nose, however, because the pathogens can get deep into the sinuses "and once they are in there, they usually don't come out without problems." The result is often painful and lengthy Inflammation of the sinuses.
Avoiding high pressure when blowing your nose Most Germans regularly use a handkerchief for long-term colds, but in this way they often "catch additional problems," explained Hartmut Kuske. Raising the nose does not correspond to the valid etiquette, but "is clearly more health-promoting." In order not to violate the social norms and attract attention, the nose can be cleaned carefully instead of the noisy raising, whereby the pressure should be kept as low as possible the statement of the general practitioner. "Keep a nostril closed when blowing your nose and reduce the pressure as far as possible", Kuske recommends the cold.
Colds can be transmitted via doorknobs and telephone receivers The virologist Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNI) in Hamburg justified the accumulation of colds between late autumn and the beginning of spring with the cold, uncomfortable weather, in which the body uses more energy. This leads to "a localized weakness in the body's defenses, for example in the nose, so that the viruses can penetrate more easily." Because more people transmit the pathogens in the high season for colds, there is an increased risk of infection between people, especially since the viruses do not only cough and Sneezing can be passed on, but also via contact surfaces such as doorknobs or telephone receivers. Typical cold viruses such as "adeno- and rhinoviruses can survive on door handles for hours and are thus also transmitted," emphasized Dr. Schmidt chanasite.
Cold symptoms as a sign of the immune response If the pathogens penetrate the body via the nose and mouth, they encounter immune cells in the mucous membranes that alarm the immune system, the experts explained. Antibodies against the intruders would be formed and so-called phagocytes to destroy the infected cells sent out to remove the viruses from the organism again. The symptoms such as runny nose and fever are actually defense reactions of the body. The mucous membranes of the nose would be supplied with more blood, then swell and form a secretion with which the viruses are carried away. The increase in body temperature perceived as a fever should actually help to kill the germs. Since the organism concentrates its forces on the fight against the infection, those affected generally feel battered and weak. If the infection is successfully removed, the immune system is resistant to the relevant pathogens, but "protection is not sufficient to ward off other pathogens, and this can lead to further colds," explained Dr. Schmidt chanasite.
Warm potato wrap as an alternative cold treatment While colds are usually not a particular health risk, caution is advised in patients with an already weakened immune system and in pregnant women. In the case of pregnant women, the treatment in the medication cupboard also needs to be particularly well considered, reports the Techniker Krankenkasse in a recent press release. Since some drugs of the common cold remedies also get into the unborn child's bloodstream and may have undesirable effects there, the health insurance company recommends using existing alternatives. For example, warm bronchitis and sore throats apply to warm potato wrap as a tried-and-true home remedy, whereby potatoes are boiled with the skin and placed on half of a clean kitchen towel. Then the other half of the towel is whipped over and the potatoes are crushed, reports the TK. The potato cloth should then be wrapped in another cloth and the wrap placed on the chest or neck for half an hour, reports the health insurance company. In order to avoid burns, the TK advises to check the temperature with the forearm.
Nasal douching, inhalation and strengthening the immune system are effective against colds As another alternative treatment for colds, the health insurance company mentions in its current press release, among other things, the use of nasal douches and "inhalation with a few drops of essential oil, which are poured over with hot water." In order to prevent colds, TK also generally advises measures that strengthen the immune system and to comply with hygiene rules. "Sufficient hand washing keeps cold viruses at a distance", but it is also important "to keep a distance from people who are obviously sick," said the TK. (fp)
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