Nasal Congestion, Runny Nose And Cough In TB Sufferers?

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Hello doctor, I am a TB sufferer, so my nose is blocked, I have a cold and cough and I have a little mucus but when it comes out there is mucus also at that time I saw inside a small buletan nose so is it a kind of nasal polyp or a common cold? thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Sonia,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and runny nose together with the appearance of a round mass in the nasal cavity may indeed be a sign of polyps. This polyp is a type of benign tumor that originates from the mucosal lining that surrounds the nasal cavity. Polyps generally appear as a reddish mass like flesh with stems, the surface is soft, wet, and does not feel pain. Often, polyps dangle in one or both nasal passages and block the airway. Not infrequently, polyps experience irritation, for example due to blowing your nose too hard or rubbing your nose excessively, which can lead to repeated nosebleeds. Polyps that are getting bigger in size, apart from causing a stuffy nose, can also interfere with smell and cause recurrent headaches.

It is not clear what causes nasal polyps to appear. However, many experts argue that polyps occur as a result of chronic inflammation in the nasal cavity that triggers mucosal overgrowth. Because of this, nasal polyps are more prone to occur in people who have asthma, sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, or who are also allergic to aspirin.

Not only nasal polyps, your complaints may also occur due to other causes, such as swelling of the nasal concha, the entry of foreign objects into the nasal cavity, deviation of the nasal septum, cancer of the nasal cavity, and so on. To differentiate between them, you should go directly to an ENT specialist. Through a special tool, namely nasal endoscopy, doctors can generally determine exactly what mass is in your nasal cavity. If it is true polyps, then the doctor can give you treatment in the form of drugs, to surgery.

In the meantime, you should not rub your nose excessively, including blowing your nose too hard or rubbing your nose too hard. Avoid environmental conditions that are too cold, windy, and also contact with irritant substances in the air (eg smoke, dust, pollution). Use a mask to cover your nose. Increase the consumption of warm water, and foods with warm soup. Also, consume fruit rich in vitamin C. If you have allergies to certain substances, as much as possible avoid these allergens. Finally, don't smoke and exercise regularly to suppress inflammation around the nasal cavity.

Hope it helps ..

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