Jakarta, Beritasatu.com – Do you often have nasal congestion or sneezing problems that recur at certain times such as in the morning or when the weather is cold at night.
These flu-like symptoms are known as allergic rhinitis, or inflammation of the nasal cavity caused by allergies. So what is the difference between Allergic Rhinitis and the flu? This is the advice given by dr. Selfiyanti Said M.Kes Sp.THT-KL.
At first glance, the symptoms of allergic rhinitis are similar to flu fever: nasal congestion, sometimes runny nose, and sneezing. The difference is that the flu is caused by an influenza virus infection while Allergic Rhinitis is triggered by a reaction allergy.
“It could be due to allergies to weather, dust, animal dander, pollen and stress. The flu is usually accompanied by fever, not with allergies. The dominant symptoms of allergies are sneezing and nasal congestion. Allergies usually occur at certain times, often in the morning. or at night, when it’s cold,” said Selfiyanti Said in a written statement, Saturday (12/6/2021).
Patients with allergic rhinitis usually experience recurrence of symptoms quite often, for example in the rainy season where the daily temperature is cooler, sometimes occurring almost every day.
According to Selfiyanti, what needs to be done to prevent nasal congestion is to avoid the allergens, get enough rest, drink a lot because the body must be well hydrated, inhaling warm steam can help relieve breathing.
If the methods above don’t help, you can use drugs, he suggests medicines that can be bought in the form of antihistamines or decongestants, because their properties can relieve blocked nostrils.
“Don’t forget if you want to buy medicine independently, make sure the medicines you buy must have a blue circle. If the medicine is red dot, you must consult a doctor, because the side effects are more dangerous,” said dr. Selfiyanti Said.
Dicom is an over-the-counter symptomatic reliever for allergic rhinitis. With the content of decongestants (pseudoephedrine) and antihistamines (Triprolidin), overcoming the problem of nasal congestion by reducing inflammation in the nasal cavity and can also be used as a prevention so that allergic reactions do not continue.
This Dicom drug is included in the over-the-counter drug category (blue circle) and can be purchased at a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. Consumption of Dicom according to the rules of use effectively relieve symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing.