Acute infection could be caused by germs that enter through your mouth and nose. Airborne germs may cause common colds, tonsillitis, influenza, diphtheria, scarlet fever and infantile paralysis. You need to control what enters your mouth and nose. The concept of nasal and oral hygiene is more than just a marketing gimmick. By focusing on your nose and throat, you may experience immediate improvement in your health. There are symptoms that indicate nasal and oral problems:
- Breathing obstructions: Just a common cold is enough to cause breathing obstruction. Colds may last only for one week, but sinus infection is a different problem. It’s often a protracted illness that cause prolonger nasal obstruction. Other problems that cause nasal obstruction include nasal polyps, allergic conditions and nasal septum abnormalities. Self medication could only aggravate problem, so make sure that you choose the right procedure.
- Adenoids: Adenoids are indicated by pinched mouth expression as children are crying for relief. Children can have chronic mouth breathing habit if they have deformed upper jaw, impaired hearing, colds and ear infections. A common cause of adenoids is tonsils overgrowth. Fortunately, we can relieve this problem using simple surgical procedure.
- Nasal septum abnormalities: Septum is a partition that separates both sides of the nose. It’s consisted of bone and cartilage. In theory, septum should be straight, but in many cases, it doesn’t. Among most people septum deformities are within an acceptable limit with no or little consequence. However, the problem can be quite severe and interfere with the breathing process, so a surgery procedure may be needed to straighten the septum.
- Sinus infection: Sinuses are cavities among the bones of your face. They are connected with small openings and lined with mucous membrane. Among people with sinus infection, inflammation could already extend to the membranes lining, especially at the lower sinuses. This makes lower sinuses to drain poorly, compared to upper sinuses. People with sinus infection often blow their nose very hard. People with acute sinus infection could treat their condition using improved nasal drainage, steam inhalation and enough rest. When infection is severe, drainage can be inadequate and pus will accumulate inside the sinus.
- Hay fever: Hay fever is indicated with nose blowing, sniffling and sneeing. Hay fever and other allergic condition, like hives and asthma, can happen when the person is highly sensitive to external objects. Hay fever can be triggered by pollen of the trees and grasses. Feather, link and animal hair could also cause hay fever. Most flowering plants have relatively heavy and large pollen, which require insect-borne distribution and it can’t be brought by wind. Ragwood, Russian thistle, pig weed and wormwood have very small pollen that can be carried over great distance with wind. Treatments of hay fever may include increasing resistance to pollen. Doctors may inject or expose small amount of pollen to sensitive areas. However, this method is effective when there’s an accurate diagnosis. Antihistamines can provide relief in hay fever, but often they provide only temporary relief.