There are different types of catarrh, but all share some common symptoms. The most common type is sinus catarrh, which causes an increase in congestion and mucous production.
Other symptoms may include a sore throat, chest pain, fever, headaches or fatigue. Some less common types of catarrh involve the lungs (pneumonia), the nose and throat (croup), or various parts of the intestinal tract (enteritis).
1. Sinus Catarrh
This is the most common type of catarrh and is caused by congestion within the sinuses. Symptoms include an increase in mucous production, a sore throat, chest pain, fever and headaches or fatigue.
Treatment involves using over-the-counter medication to relieve symptoms and breathing exercises to decrease congestion. If this does not work, antibiotics may be prescribed to treat any bacterial infection that may be causing the catarrh.
This is a serious type of catarrh that can cause lung infection. Symptoms may include chest pain, fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
If pneumonia is not treated quickly, it can lead to death. Treatment involves antibiotics and respiratory therapy to help the patient breathe easier.
This is a rare type of catarrh that affects the airways in the nose and throat area. It often starts with cold symptoms (such as frostbite), followed by hoarseness, cough and bronchitis-like symptoms six to eight days later.
10 Warning Signs You Have Catarrh and What to Do About It
1. Feeling congested, stuffy or having a headache
2. Using the bathroom more frequently than usual
3. Having discharge from your nose and/or ears
4. Redness or inflammation around your eyes, either immediately following an infection or over time
5. Trouble breathing through your nose
6. A chronic cough that doesn’t seem to go away on its own
7. Loss of appetite and fatigue
8. Swelling or tenderness in the tonsils, throat or larynx
9. Difficulty swallowing
10. A sore throat that doesn’t go away on its own
5 Best Ways to Prevent Catarrh – From Head to Toe
Preventing catarrh is easy with a few simple steps. Here are five ways to keep yourself cool and healthy:
1. Bathe regularly to keep clean and smelling good, which will help prevent the build-up of bacteria that can cause catarrh.
2. Recommend for yourself a healthy diet, including plenty of fresh water and high quality food, which will help keep their immune system functioning optimally.
3. Keep your home cool and dry in summertime, wintertime or during episodes of heat stress by using adequate air conditioning or shuttering windows when it’s hot outside (and open when it’s cold).
4. Use a humidifier in dry climates to add moisture to the air.
5. Get your yourself vaccinated against common cold and flus (havoc, calicivirus) to help them fight off infection before it becomes a problem.
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