KNOW WHAT YOUR NOSE KNOWS BEST

THE LIN­ING IN THE NOSE AND SI­NUSES FUNC­TIONS AS A FIL­TER, HUMIDIFIER, AND HEATER OF IN­HALED AIR. IT IS THERE­FORE PART OF THE NON-SPE­CIFIC IM­MUNE SYS­TEM, AND OUR FIRST LINE OF DE­FENCE AGAINST GERMS, IN­HALED DUST, ALLERGENS, EX­TREME AIR TEM­PER­A­TURES OR VERY

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Proper func­tion­ing re­lies on moist, clean mem­branes. Any dry­ing, crust­ing or other in­ter­fer­ence can make us more sus­cep­ti­ble to in­fec­tions or al­low them to spread to the lungs.

Es­tab­lish­ing and main­tain­ing healthy air­ways is easy, cost­ef­fec­tive and of­ten over­looked. It can even be con­sid­ered an im­mune-boost­ing in­ter­ven­tion.

Hyper­tonic sa­line used as a nasal rinse, nasal spray or in neb­u­lised form has been an in­te­gral part of res­pi­ra­tory medicine in many cul­tures for thou­sands of years.The ben­e­fits in­clude cleans­ing, liq­ue­fy­ing of mu­cus and se­cre­tions, eas­ing of swollen mem­branes (de­con­ges­tion), and trig­ger­ing the pro­duc­tion of clear mu­cus.

Nasal rins­ing should be the first-line in­ter­ven­tion in the treat­ment of a cold, flu or si­nusi­tis and will help re­duce the sever­ity, du­ra­tion and com­pli­ca­tions of the in­fec­tion. It is rec­om­mended above flu and cold medicines aimed at “dry­ing up” the cold, as this of­ten leads to thicker se­cre­tions which can’t be cleared by the mem­branes, and there­fore in­creases the risk for sec­ondary in­fec­tions.

Reg­u­lar use of hyper­tonic sa­line as a nasal rinse or spray is rec­om­mended for the pre­ven­tion of th­ese ail­ments.

Ef­fec­tive pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of air­way in­fec­tions also cuts the use of un­nec­es­sary or even harm­ful med­i­ca­tion. The re­sult­ing di­min­ished use of an­tibi­otics is an im­por tant step to­wards re­duc­ing the ever-in­creas­ing prob­lem of an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance.

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