The well-known Russian TV presenter and doctor Elena Malysheva, on the air of the show “Living Healthy”, undertook to dispel several main myths about the common cold. The head of the Institute of Otorhinolaryngology, Igor Branovan, helped her to understand this issue.
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For example, Malysheva and an expert called the talk that a runny nose can appear in a person who wet his feet as myths. In addition, they noted that this is not always a symptom of a cold, and they also added that the loss of smell is not at all a symptom of only a new type of coronavirus. According to experienced doctors, mucous secretions in the nasal cavity occur for a number of reasons, including as a result of inflammation, allergies, or even as a reaction of the body to too spicy food. As for the loss of smell, any person can experience this effect if there is swelling of the mucous membrane.
Among other things, two more myths about this phenomenon, which Elena Malysheva called dangerous, were dispelled in the studio of the program. As one of the guests of the show admitted, she treats a runny nose by warming up the nose. But the experts considered this method incorrect and threatening complications. According to Igor Branovan, if pus has accumulated in the area of the sinuses, warming up will only accelerate the course of the infection.
Another participant in the program said that she gets rid of a cold with the help of garlic, but this method was criticized by an invited expert. The doctor noted that this product is a serious irritant for the nasal mucosa.