Today we all know that TikTok tops the craziest viral trends. This time we have one of the episodes that has caused the most controversy in recent days: the common people who give medical advice on TikTok. The trend claims that if you put giant garlic cloves up your nose, the sinuses will clear and that is why more and more people see it as a remedy to combat conditions such as sinusitis and other types of congestion.
In the last days, Users around the world on TikTok have joined this peculiar and somewhat risky practice. Of course it was to be expected that some health experts will speak out on this, and in fact they consider it quite twisted and unsafe.
The renowned digital media BuzzFeed took on the task of speaking with the Drag. Tonia L. Farmer, specialist in otorhinolaryngology and who has 20 years of experience. Additionally, she is a co-owner of the Lippy Group for ENT and Lippy Surgery Center. According to their statements, it is undeniable that garlic is one of the most medicinal foods that exist and provides different health benefits. However, putting two huge cloves of garlic in the nose, to eliminate congestion: it is not one of its benefits. According to Dr. Farmer, it is a practice that: “Can cause inflammation and irritation of the lining of the mucous membrane of the nose and sinuses. Also, garlic cloves can slide too far into the nostrils, causing them to lodge in the sinuses. “
What really happens when we put garlic cloves in our noses?
Without a doubt, the first thing that goes through our mind is that snot clearly comes out. However, according to Dr. Farmer garlic actually blocks the sinus passage, doesn’t clean it, and consequently the body will produce more mucus in reaction to garlic. The explanation is simpler than we think: “Garlic oils are irritating and make congestion and drainage worse. Inserting garlic into the nostrils causes the nose and sinuses to temporarily block. The nose and sinuses naturally react to blockage and irritants by producing more mucus as a protective reaction. “
This is why people trying to do this dangerous and perplexing TikTok challenge, believe that a bunch of snot coming out of your nose is proof that garlic is working to ‘clear’ your sinuses when in fact it is an expected natural reaction to an irritant. Garlic has been used for thousands of years and has been shown to have numerous health benefits when used correctly. It is a powerful natural antibiotic and pain reliever, packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. It has been shown that reduces high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and increases immunity. Garlic contains allicin and this component reduces the risk of infections, it is also a substance that is related to very powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
What’s more, there are many safe and healthy ways to integrate garlic into our diet. It can be crushed and added to food as a seasoning, infused in olive oil, boiled and inhaled as sinus steam, or drunk as tea. Garlic supplements are also usually a good alternative, do not forget to always consult with your GP about the safest supplements. Above all, it is important to note that in some cases too much garlic can increase the risk of bleeding, especially when taking blood-thinning medications, and it can also make GERD worse.
Therefore it is always better to follow the opinion of the professionals, such that doctors recommend the use of nasal steroid sprays. They are medicines that They work to reduce inflammation, congestion, and drainage. It is worth mentioning that nasal decongestant sprays work quickly to relieve congestion, they should not be used for more than three days. Long-term use can worsen symptoms by causing rebound congestion. In the cases of people who must make prolonged use of decongestants it should always be under medical supervision as they can cause high blood pressure.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.