Managing a sen­si­tive nose

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Body, Mind & Soul - Al­ler­gic rhini­tis hap­pens be­cause of a hy­per­sen­si­tive im­mune sys­tem.

JARED T is 14 and has gone through much of his life with a sen­si­tive nose.

In the morn­ing when he wakes up, Jared would start sneez­ing non-stop after which his nose would turn runny. Soon, his nose would be blocked and he would be un­able to breathe well. Doctors and medicines of­fer only tem­po­rary re­lief.

Jared is one of ev­ery three to four peo­ple in the world suf­fer­ing from al­ler­gic rhini­tis –Malaysians would recog­nise the term sen­si­tive nose, si­nus or “res­dung” bet­ter.

Al­ler­gic rhini­tis hap­pens be­cause of a hy­per­sen­si­tive im­mune sys­tem, which is in­flu­enced by ge­net­ics.

When al­ler­gic rhini­tis is trig­gered by pollen, the con­di­tion is known as hay fever.

As the nose is in­ter­con­nected to the eyes, ears, throat and si­nuses, these ar­eas also be­come ir­ri­tated and in­flamed when al­ler­gens are in­haled. Clin­i­cians are now pay­ing greater at­ten­tion to al­ler­gic rhini­tis, as in­flam­ma­tion of the nose has been found to be the start of in­flam­ma­tion hap­pen­ing in the lungs (asthma).

Ac­cord­ing to KK Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal (KKH) in Sin­ga­pore, Al­lergy Ser­vice head and se­nior con­sul­tant, As­so­ciate Prof Anne Goh, about 40% of chil­dren with al­ler­gic rhini­tis will have as­so­ci­ated asthma.

Con­versely, about 80%–90% of asth­matic chil­dren will have as­so­ci­ated al­ler­gic rhini­tis. Med­i­cally, both con­di­tions will need to be treated sep­a­rately to con­trol the symp­toms. Asthma is dif­fi­cult to treat once di­ag­nosed, which is why al­ler­gic rhini­tis needs to be man­aged ear­lier to pre­vent the con­di­tion from wors­en­ing into asthma.

The pri­mary rule to managing a sen­si­tive nose is to avoid al­lergy trig­gers. How­ever, this is eas­ier said than done. Com­monly, medicines such as an­ti­his­tamines and steroidal nasal sprays are used to help re­lieve symp­toms. How­ever, they do not ad­dress the root of a hy­per­sen­si­tive im­mune sys­tem.

Herbal im­munother­apy

Lec­tranal is a herbal rem­edy, which has been well stud­ied and found to be ef­fec­tive in calm­ing hy­per­sen­si­tive noses.

The re­search on Lec­tranal was pub­lished in the jour­nal Phy­tother­apy Re­search in 2010 where it was found that treat­ment re­sulted in an overall im­prove­ment of nasal al­ler­gies by over 70% after two months of treat­ment.

Lec­tranal aims pre­cisely at the hy­per­sen­si­tive na­ture of the im­mune sys­tem, which trig­gers nasal symp­toms. In ef­fect, Lec­tranal helps teach the im­mune sys­tem to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween what is harm­ful and harm­less, di­rect­ing it to­wards nor­mal response.

It has to be noted that the ef­fects are not im­me­di­ate as it is not a drug. It will take at least two months for the im­mune sys­tem and the nose in turn to learn to be­have nor­mally. Lec­tranal has an im­pec­ca­ble safety pro­file mon­i­tored by strict Euro­pean stan­dards. Not­with­stand­ing its long his­tory of use for over 2,000 years, Lec­tranal has un­der­gone nu­mer­ous tox­i­co­log­i­cal and long-term safety stud­ies to en­sure it is ef­fec­tive with­out com­pro­mis­ing on safety.

Jared’s fa­ther came across Lec­tranal in news­pa­pers and de­cided to get it for his son. How­ever, noth­ing much hap­pened within the first two weeks. From the third week on­wards, Jared no­ticed small changes. Over time, Jared saw sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments.

When Jared woke up one morn­ing, he re­alised he had ac­tu­ally slept through the night. Nearer to four months later, Jared was thrilled to smell his mother’s banana cake bak­ing in the oven, some­thing he hadn’t ex­pe­ri­enced in a very long time.

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