Definition A sneeze is a sudden, forceful, involuntary burst of air through the nose and mouth. See also: Allergen Allergic rhinitis Allergy to mold, dander, dust Allergy and asthma resources Common cold Vasomotor rhinitis Alternative Names Sternutation Considerations Sneezing iscaused by irritation to the mucous membranes of the nose or throat. It can be very bothersome, but is generally not a sign of a serious problem. Common Causes Allergy to pollen, mold, dander, dust ( hay fever ) Corticosteroid inhalation (from certain nose sprays) Drug withdrawal Nasal irritants such as dust and powders Virus infections (common cold, upper respiratory tract infections, the flu)
As far back as the 19th century asthma experts have observed the link between asthma and nasal congestion. Recent studies seem to support this link. While studies are limited, they seem to show nasal congestion might be a trigger and a cause of asthma.
So let's investigate the evidence and see if we can come to a conclusion.
The two main causes of nasal congestion in asthmatics are:
Sinusits : According to Mayo Clinic , it's swelling of the nasal sinuses that "interferes with drainage and causes mucus to build up." If it becomes persistent it may result in infections and other complications. If it lasts longer than 12 weeks it's called chronic sinusitis. About 15 percent of Americans have it, yet 70 percent of child asthmatics and 26 percent of adult asthmatics have it. It's often referred to as a cold that won't go away.
Rhinitis : Nasal allergies or hay fever. If left untreated it can lead to sinusit...
Generic Name: DECONGESTANT SPRAY - NASAL Severe Congestion Nasl Precautions
Before using this nasal decongestant, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other sympathomimetics (e.g.,
pseudoephedrine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain
inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
If you have any of the following health problems, consult
your doctor or pharmacist before using this product:
heart/blood vessel disease (e.g., coronary artery
overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
high blood pressure
difficulty urinating (due to enlarged prostate)
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that
you are using this medication.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children
because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Check the
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