A nasal spray made with hot pepper can help millions of patients who have had a stuffy nose on an ongoing basis.
The spray is designed for people whose nasal congestion is not caused by allergies such as hay fever, but by nonallergic rhinitis, which occurs as a result of swollen blood vessels and fluid accumulation in nasal tissues, often due to a cold, change in air temperature or irritation from pollutants. Like cigarette smoke.
And new research shows that a nasal spray made with capsaicin ( compound that causes pepper to be hot) can eliminate symptoms in about 40% of patients after just 12 weeks of use.
Nonallergic rhinitis is a common disease, and in addition to a stuffy nose, it can lead to persistent sneezing and a decreased sense of smell, and diagnosis can be complicated, and it includes skin prick tests to see if body is reacting to certain foods and or stimuli such as pet dander or mites. House dust.
Current treatments for nonallergic rhinitis include regular rinsing of nose with a homemade saltwater solution, this removes excess mucus that builds up due to blockage.
Overcounter steroid sprays can also help by relieving inflammation in nasal passages. But longterm use of steroid sprays can increase risk of side effects such as increased appetite and mood swings.
Nasal sprays containing capsaicin have been used under a doctor’s supervision to treat nonallergic rhinitis in some countries for several years, and are believed to work by reducing levels of a protein called vanilla that is known to play a role in rhinitis.
And last month, research by University of Texas researchers showed that regular use of a nasal spray made with chili pepper improved symptoms of patients with a long history of nonallergic rhinitis.
And adding more chili to your diet can lower your risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a study conducted by Kobe University in Japan. It is believed that capsaicin, which makes pepper hot relaxes blood vessels, widens m and allows more blood flow, thus lowering blood pressure, according to British newspaper The Daily Mail.