Patients who have been diagnosed with a runny nose should carefully consider the disease and cure it. Otherwise, they face complications, said otolaryngologist and phoniatrist Anna Kolesnikova in an interview with Channel Five.
According to her, a runny nose goes away in seven days, but if it lasts longer than 10 days, then we can talk about rhinosinusitis, inflammation of the paranasal sinus.
“In some cases, complications can arise without adequate treatment. This happens when the infection goes beyond the walls of the sinuses and causes inflammation in other organs, ”the specialist noted.
The infection can spread through the blood, lymph, from the nose, it enters the eye, causing inflammation of the periosteum, orbital tissue or tissues of the organ of vision itself. If microbes enter the cranial cavity, then we can talk about meningitis and brain abscess, Kolesnikova emphasized.
“In the absence of proper treatment, the patient can lose an eye or it can be fatal,” the doctor said.
Kolesnikova recommended contacting doctors if a runny nose persists for more than a week, so that a specialist can prescribe the necessary treatment.
Earlier in February, Sergei Voznesensky, Candidate of Medical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the RUDN University, said that symptoms in those who have had coronavirus can persist for several more weeks – this is a residual phenomenon, not a second disease. He urged not to confuse them with a new disease.