What are Catarrh Symptoms?
Otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, catarrh symptoms are much the same as those for the common cold but many times more severe. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should see a doctor to seek medications which can dissipate at least some of the symptoms. Nothing will cure the catarrh itself.
This condition affects the lining of the nose, throat and eyes and there is an excessive mucus flow, causing the nose to run constantly and sneezing to develop. Eyes become swollen and watery as with allergies. Sometimes the nasal passages and the nose can become excessively dry when mucus dries up and hardens, causing an uncomfortable feeling. You will undoubtedly draw blood should you try to remove the crusty deposits from your nose.
Causes of catarrh
Like many other allergies, it is believed that catarrh is at least partially genetic in origin. The condition can develop at any time in children or adults. For some, it is a year-round problem while others only have catarrh symptoms during the springtime and beginning of the summer. These folks often refer to their condition as hay fever. The cause is pollen spread about by newly grown grasses, weeds, trees, and shrubs. Plan fewer outside activities when pollen is high. You can find out the pollen conditions at such places as weather TV stations and internet websites.
For other people, catarrh symptoms are brought about by the weather, tobacco smoke, perfumes, various cosmetics, dry or humid air and all kinds of other irritating substances. What actually happens is that the throat and nasal passages swell. At the same time, mucus is increasing and has less space in which to flow. This causes a blockage to the nasal passages.
How to treat catarrh
Usually, the first treatment for catarrh symptoms is an antihistamine. These are often in pill form and can be bought as over-the-counter medications. If your symptoms are severe, you will need to visit your doctor and get a stronger, prescription medication. There are many types of antihistamines available.
The biggest problem with antihistamines is that they can make you very sleepy. Don’t drive a car or operate machinery until you know how you react to this type of drug. There are also a few other ways to treat catarrh symptoms, such as boiling water till it’s hot, pouring it into a bowl and then breathing the hot air/steam that arises from the top of the bowl. This is also a common way of treating colds. Some people add eucalyptus oil or menthol crystals to the water for a more satisfying effect.
Catarrh symptoms overview
If you have a combination of several of these catarrh symptoms, it is likely you have developed the condition:
- Mucus flowing in large amounts from your nasal passages.
- The coloring of the mucus getters yellower and yellower and it starts to become smelly.
- Trouble breathing through one or both of your nasal passages.
- Coughing spells develop.
- Crackling develops in your ear.
- A headache or an ear ache manifests itself.
- Other senses, such as taste and smell start to disappear.
- A feeling of being completely “wiped out” each day like you are fighting off an infection.
- Inability to sleep because of your breathing difficulties.
If you have several of these catarrh symptoms, it is time to seek medical treatment. You should be able to benefit greatly from many of today’s medications. These will allow you to carry on with your life until the season changes and your mucus production slows down.