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The cold, first step of the ladder

The cold, first step of the ladder

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The nose is a real "gateway" for viruses ... And now, a cold for your baby, or a rhinopharyngitis as the doctor will say.

  • The cold is his little name. Your doctor will talk about nasopharyngitis instead. The scenario is always the same: a nasty virus penetrates through the nose - a real gateway for all those of its ilk! - and takes up his quarters in the nasopharynx.
  • This area, located at the intersection of the nose and the throat, is largely occupied by vegetation. The mucous membranes then have several ways to react to this aggression. Either they swell, or they secrete ... or they do both!
  • This is the explanation of the small stuffy nose that can also flow abundantly. As long as the secretions remain translucent, it is a sign that the rhino is viral. If they take a white or green color, it is probably passed to the stage of superinfection by a bacterium. But do not panic, it remains only a cold!

Rhino one day, rhino always?

  • You ask yourself if you are not going to graft a handkerchief into your toddler's nose: he has just finished a cold that he starts another ... He is not the only one, many children are in this situation. Specialists describe rhinos as "pathologies of adaptation". In simpler terms, they allow the immune system to train: at each encounter with a new virus, it manufactures and stores new antibodies, so new weapons to defend themselves.
  • Other encouraging information: around 6-7 years, vegetations atrophy and disappear. As a result, rhinos become less and less common with age.

Isabelle Gravillon

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