Where the down a cough? Dispelling key myths

Is it possible to suck the snot? They will fall down?! When you cough you cannot use a nebulizer infection down below. About these and other misconceptions says our columnist, pediatrician Shulamith Wolfson.
Is it possible to suck the snot? They will fall down?!

This is a very common parental myth. Any fever, any cough “A cough/snot/infection will not fall down?!”

Shulamith Wolfson

Pediatrician, https://sppm.su/vebinary

Options same error:

  • “You can’t use the nebulizer, the cough will go down.”
  • “It is impossible to do without medication infection will go below”

  • “We have a viral infection, but I’m giving antibiotics to cough down down”! the top of this misconception, it is an extreme option

However, if we look in the anatomical Atlas, there will not be straight and smooth ladder down from the nose to the lungs. There are no stairs. There is the usual respiratory system.

It all starts with the nose. Then passing through the nose and looking down the road in the paranasal sinuses, the air enters the larynx, such a thin tube in the throat, about where the Adam’s Apple in men.

Across the larynx are stretched the vocal cords. And there is always plenty of cough receptors! If you have ever choked on water, you know what the person on the vocal cords, which hit anything but air! And this is from a small amount of water. Imagine what would happen with our children if when cold there was mucus from the nose?!

Behind the larynx is the big tube – the trachea. From her depart two smaller tubes – the main bronchi, which then divide and share – bronchial tree. At the end of the smallest bronchi are hanging bubbles-the alveoli. Bronchi+alveoli = lungs.

So. Snot in the lungs do not get. Never. The child can blow your nose – not your nose to suck the snot nose to do anything.

Runny nose never goes “below”/ “in the light”. It will not let go, the device of the human body.

Where the down cold

Terrible secret: slime up your nose constantly produces, it’s a defense mechanism. Just with SARS but this production is many times stronger, there is a runny nose. Snot that a child could not/did not want to vismarkt, go to the same place and the usual mucus from the nose of a healthy person.

In the stomach.

Mucus from the nose gets into the oropharynx, there are slips at the back of the throat and enters the esophagus! In the esophagus and not the larynx (where, recall, the vocal cords). From the esophagus to the stomach and intestines, where it is safely digested. It is believed that this process, when cold is very useful, stimulates the immune system. In very young children who have bowel motility fast, and snot a lot, sometimes parents can see the chair during the SARS mucus. Is this the same snot that just don’t have time to fully digest, do not worry.

Why my child was the usual runny nose, and then began bronchitis? Why we only had a temperature and a cough, and then it turned out that it is pneumonia? Why has my child got sick from bronchitis, was healthy – and then, bronchitis?!

So, the snot will not go down. But can it do the infection? These viruses and bacteria that fly from person to person on tiny droplets of saliva and dust.

No. Can’t.

If the child got an infection (often viral), you have the following options:

  • If it is a virus that likes to live in your nose will be runny. If, for example, the influenza virus that likes to live in the trachea – tracheitis be. If this is adenovirus, it will be conjunctivitis and bronchitis, that’s what “likes” “to settle” is a virus. Well, That is, in what form will occur infection – dependent on the nature of the pathogen! Not down anywhere nothing from the beginning, rhinitis or nasopharyngitis or rhinitis and bronchitis at once, etc.

  • In the body of the child settled the virus. He usually “limited to” the usual runny nose. But specifically, this child has its own characteristics. For example, he is a newborn. In this case, the virus can “break” through your own body defenses and “move” in the wrong direction, causing the development of bronchitis or pneumonia. This is especially true with the flu virus. Usually, all confined to conventional SARS with tracheitis. But this virus can quite often cause pneumonia. It all depends on the type of virus, characteristics of each person, etc. that’s why from the usual viruses SARS vaccination, no one does, but the flu can get vaccinated. The flu can lead to pneumonia.

  • However, we note that in this case the infection will not down! No snot or inhalation. Either will be able to virus “clinging” where it is not necessary, or not.

  • Had a viral infection, SARS. On its background the activity of the immune system has changed. In the body, undermined by illness, was able to get the bacteria. This is called bacterial complication of a viral infection. Ie, the child is able to cope with SARS, but he suddenly started with bacterial pneumonia. The complication, but it cannot be prevented. No, antibiotics BEFORE the start of a bacterial infection not helping, on the contrary, worsen the situation and increase the risk of developing complications.

  • Conclusion

    • If the runny nose snot will not go down. Into the stomach and digested there

    • Any infection can safely use the nebulizer, if recommended by the doctor (in the case of false croup, for example). The infection descends with the breath, it develops according to quite other laws

    • There are General rules for the treatment of SARS, which include excessive drinking, frequent airing, a meal on the appetite, sufficient humidity in the room. The amount of drugs that are recommended for use with SARS, rather small. There are not antibiotics, immunomodulators, interferon inducers, and the like means. They have no influence on the course of SARS and prevent the development of complications.

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