Managing a sensitive nose
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.
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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