Nasal ulcers

About the Disorder

The nasal cavities, high and deep, form the internal part of the nose. On the front side, they open outwards through the nostrils; behind, they reach a vertical opening on the side of the upper part of the pharynx, above the soft palate and close to the orifices of the Eustachian tube leading to the ear’s tympanic cavity.

Both the nasal cavities and nostrils are covered by a mucosa producing mucus; the latter also include coarse hairs called vibrissae. Both mucus and vibrissae impede passing through of foreign substances such as dust or small insects, that would otherwise access the respiratory tracts together with air inhaled. With the flowing of air, mucus dehydrates and tends to become solid mucus.

Another function of nasal mucus consists in its purifying air that is heated by blood capillaries. In the area of the nose in charge of olfactory perception, the mucosa is very thick and dark, due to the presence of a brown pigment. Olfactory receptors send signals to the brain through the olfactory nerve branching out in the nasal cavity with numerous small fibres.

Among the several disorders that can affect the nasal cavity, due to its particular conformation and delicate type of tissue, nasal ulcers should not be underestimated. The origin of such ulcers can be different according to the specific case: they are mainly caused by mechanical stress, for instance after rubbing with fingers or objects (particularly in children), or resulting from bacterial, viral or fungal infections. In any case, ulcera from rubbing can later become infected and cause microbial problems.

Treatment of nasal ulcers with conventional medicine

Having to consider the inflammatory-related, microbial origin or, at least its potential implication at a later stage, conventional medicine fights the problem using the “usual” weapons: cortisone and antibiotics. Given that both solutions are inadequate and entail possible negative repercussions, in case of viruses the danger of use and abuse of antibiotics at local level should be borne in mind, as usual.

The ever increasing occurrences of bacterial resistance and impoverishment of the mucosal defensive barrier can lead to relapses and further complications. So, in this case, too, antibiotics should be avoided unless strictly necessary. Once again, though, nature can help with a direct approach aimed at solving the problem at the root without incurring in unpleasant consequences. Considering the origin of the problem itself, it is clear how important it is to act using remedies that have antimicrobial, cicatrizing, soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Nature can help resolve the problem of nasal ulcers 

Our Approach

A natural and effective approach

Considering that nasal ulcers may have an inflammatory origin due to mechanical rubbing (of fingers or objects) that can therefore degenerate in microbial affections or be the direct consequence of bacterial, viral or fungal aggressions, it is clear that an approach aimed at a speedy solution without negative side-effects will have to take into consideration remedies having marked antimicrobial properties coupled with an anti-inflammatory, soothing action that additionally restores nasal mucus integrity.

Once again, nature can be of great help, first of all thanks to Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), the efficacy of which in solving this problem has been confirmed by numerous studies and applications.

GSE and nasal ulcers

Given the need for broad spectrum antimicrobial efficacy, GSE represents the most powerful remedy: Laboratories, Universities and Institutes worldwide have widely proven its effective antibacterial action against over 800 strains (Gram+ and Gram-); its efficacy is completed by absolute harmlessness and “selectivity” (in does not affect physiological flora).

GSE’s antiviral activity: clinical studies show that GSE is effective against influenza caused by viruses such as A2/Aichi/2/68. There is well-known evidence ascribing to GSE the potential to solve symptoms of flu-type illnesses, among which nasal ulcers. Additionally, it also has an antifungal action, and the efficacy of the extract towards over 100 strains of yeasts and moulds must be highlighted as well, including the much widespread candida, responsible for infections of the mucosa and among the major microorganisms involved in the development of nasal ulcers. GSE therefore represents an extremely valid and absolutely safe remedy to solve the problem of nasal ulcers.

For the above-mentioned reasons, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an extremely effective approach to handle nasal ulcers. The association with specific plant extracts enables to offer a remedy through a mechanical action that must provide for the following actions:

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: results obtained with regard to the antimicrobial efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) confirm GSE to be beneficial also for local use. Its synergy with specific plant extracts makes the formulation effective and safe to use.

Altea: the extract obtained from Atea root is extremely rich in mucilages (up to 20 – 35%, principally galacturo-rhamnans, arabinans, glucans and arabinogalactans), as well as containing flavonoids, tannins, pectins and starches.

The strong presence of mucilages makes Altea an exceptional remedy for the respiratory tract. Mucilages, in fact, determine the formation of an adhesive mucus film that not only protects the area from external agents, but also carries out a soothing, decongestant action reducing inflammation of mucosae that are particularly irritated and weakened by the ongoing infection.   Use of Altea therefore gives the product beneficial properties that are important both to protect the mucosae and to solve the problem of nasal congestion rapidly.

Echinacea: by slowing down the spread of pathogenic germs, it triggers a defensive mechanism against germs while activating a regenerative process of tissues at the same time. For this reason, preparations based on Echinacea are considered effective in the treatment of septic conditions and in situations of infectious diseases featuring high temperature, particularly when there is a tendency to develop chronicity and relapses.

Thymus Serpyllum : its most significant action is as an expectorant and is therefore successfully employed in the treatment of catarrh in the respiratory tract. Moreover, its proven bacteriostatic property, especially on Gram + bacteria, completes the antiseptic and secretolytic action on the respiratory organs.

Cypress: an extract is obtained from the Cypress fruit, also called cone or galbulus, glabulo (GALBULO), rich in several active principles, in particular proanthocyanidins, terpenic acids, tannins, flavonoids and essential oils.  Cypress extract has numerous beneficial properties: in particular, it has extraordinary anti-inflammatory and balsamic attributes and contributes to restore the physiological conditions of the nasal mucosa, providing rapid relief from signs of cold. Finally, having a good concentration of proanthocyanidins, Cypress also offers a strong antiviral effect, therefore supporting action carried out by Grapefruit Seed Extract.

Calendula: rich in triterpene derivatives, it has marked anti-inflammatory and decongestant properties. Other noteworthy constituents are caretonoids, numerous resins, flavonoids, polisaccharides and mucilages, markedly bioadhesive on the skin and mucosae, thereby contributing to the plant’s health properties. The most significant actions carried out by Calendula are: anti-inflammatory, anti-reddening, immunomodulating, antimicrobial, cicatrizing, analgesic, soothing and decongestant, promoting rapid healing of localized inflammations at connective tissue level.

Kiwi water: distilled Kiwi water enriches and completes the product by supplying a number of indispensable elements such as vitamins (A,C and E) as well as minerals (in particular Potassum, Copper and Iron) that together favour riepithelisation of the mucosa, restoring its original physiological conditions. Being rich in vitamins moreover reinforces the mucosal immune system, contributing to improve its response against infections.

These plant constituents are combined in a completely natural and sterile solution, ideal to be debulised directly in the nasal cavities, using a practical eco-spray nebulizer with a preservative-free packaging.