Common cold or allergy
Decongestant nasal drops and sprays are in season all year round. When used permanently, they cause addiction, as the nasal mucous membrane swells chronically. There is therefore a need for advice.
During the cold winter months, a common cold is generally caused by a virus infection. The symptoms: scratching in the throat, dry cough, then sniffles, fatigue, and possibly a slightly increased temperature. The ingredients xylometazoline and oxymetazoline in nasal sprays and nose drops help effectively when having a congested nose. They constrict the blood vessels of the nasal mucous membrane, thus decongesting it. This will ease breathing.
Towards spring, however, some allergies show the same symptoms as a viral common cold. Therefore, pharmacy technicians or pharmacists need to ask detailed questions before recommending a medication, particularly in cases where the cold patients are babies or infants.
|Deutsch / German||Englisch / English|
|abschwellendes Nasenspray||decongestant nasal spray|
|abschwellende Nasentropfen||decongestant nose drops|
|laufende Nase||running nose, runny nose|
|Nasenschleimhaut||nasal mucous membrane|
|Packungsbeilage||package leaflet, package insert|
|Schnupfen||sniffles, rhinitis, head cold|
|tränende Augen||watery eyes|
|Wund- und Heilsalbe||wound and healing ointment|
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