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Thursday, July 21, 2016

CATARRH CAUSES AND ITS PREVENTION


Catarrh is a disease mostly associated with cough. A cough is a common reflex action that clears the throat of mucus or foreign irritants. Coughing to clear the throat is typically an infrequent action, although there are a number of conditions that can cause more frequent bouts of coughing, such as Catarrh.


Thus both works together – Catarrh and Cough. Catarrh is gradually observed when an individual starts sneezing frequently, and the accompany of a discharge of either a clear (liquid) water, or what is far often the case, a profuse, thick, yellowish and extremely offensive matter, which forms one of the most characteristic features of the disease, confirms the presence of catarrh.

Catarrh is a disease of the mucous membrane lining the nasal (walls) passages and those cavities of the head communicating with them. 
The patient is seen releasing light or thick yellow mucous liquids from the nose or mouth. Catarrh is caused by the body's natural defenses when the immune system – reacts to an infection or irritation. 

When this occurs, the immunity system sends out the white blood cells [leucocytes] to the source of the infection or irritation, which then releases molecules that cause the mucous membranes to swell and produce mucus in response to the infection or foreign substance.

Features of Catarrh

    1.    Catarrh often starts slowly and then it latter becomes more aggressive. Although might not be life threatening.
    2.    The sufferer coughs out thick liquid substances from the mouth and also sneezes out liquid substances from the nose.
    3.    In severe cases, pains might be felt at the nose and throat. Due to frequent coughing and sneezing which causes strain on those parts of the body.
    4.    The sufferer might have problems in breathing properly, as the thick liquids can block the nostrils. Making it hard for one to breath. It often stops when one has a hot or warm bath or takes stimulants e.g., Hot coffee or drugs
    5.    It can serve as a stepping stone for headache and fever.
    6.    It can cause the loss or impairment of smell or hearing.
Any inflammation of the mucous membrane of the throat or nose is favorable to the production of Catarrh.

Ordinary colds, if neglected or aggravated by additional exposure, are very apt to become chronic and run into Catarrh, and are the cause in nearly two-thirds of all the cases that present themselves. Scarlet fever, measles, diphtheria, and all the diseases affecting the throat, the inhalation of dust, impure atmosphere or water vapors, are among the most frequent causes of catarrh.

Prevention of Catarrh

1.    By keeping our environments clean, free of irritating particles. Dust and smoke particles can activate catarrh.
2.    Improving our personal hygiene to prevent infections that can trigger catarrh in the body system.
3.    By not exposing our body to cold. Proper covering of our body, can help prevent catarrh.
4.    Catarrh is not contagious, but may be caused by contagious infections. Be hygienic and encourage cleanliness when around someone who has symptoms of catarrh. It may be the result of a contagious cold or infection.

Is Catarrh contagious?

No the ordinary catarrh as the laity understands it, is not contagious but certain forms of catarrh is contagious and very dangerous said Prof James M. Munyon the Philadelphia authority on health and medical matters.

Catarrh attacks both the young and old and is no respecter of persons. People with catarrh can be found everywhere in the street, in the cars, public buildings and even in churches trying to dislodge the mucous in the throat or bronchial tube.

This form of catarrh starts in the nose from an ordinary cold, which when neglected, extends back to the post nasal space, drops down and is either expelled from the mouth or continues down to the stomach. In some cases it extends up to the tubes which lead to the ears, resulting in catarrhal deafness.

When this vile substance gets into the stomach the mucus membrane becomes coated with catarrhal excrement. And the victim suffers from catarrh of the stomach, indigestion, gas formation, a dull heavy felling after meals, becomes nervous and tired all the time.

This will naturally throw every organ in the body out of harmony, for all food must pass through this poisonous mass in order to be absorbed by the blood.

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