Catarrh is a collection of mucus that usually results from an infection, such as the common cold. Catarrh usually develops in the nasal passages but it may also collect in the throat, ears and chest.

Symptoms of catarrh

The most common symptom of catarrh is a feeling of being blocked up, but there are other symptoms associated with catarrh; these include:

  • Headaches
  • A persistent cough
  • Pain around the sinuses
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of senses, especially taste and smell

Treatment for catarrh

Most cases of catarrh can be treated effectively with a decongestant; these are available in spray and tablet forms. Decongestants should only be used as a short-term solution as long-term use may actually make symptoms worse; if you are still suffering with symptoms after around 5-7 days of using a decongestant, see your GP.

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