Sometimes doctors recommend "Albucid" ("Sulfacil sodium") for the treatment of rhinitis. Traditionally, these drops are used as eye drops, so many patients are completely confused. Has there been an error in prescribing the drug, and are these drops really used for a cold?
How drops work
"Albucid" is a fairly common sulfa drug. It is made on the basis of sodium sulfacyl, which is contained in the preparation at a concentration of 20 or 30%. With its antimicrobial action, this medicine inhibits the growth and reproduction of bacteria, which helps the body fight infection.
"Albucid" is especially effective for rhinitis caused by staphylococci, streptococci, escherichia and chlamydia. It is usually used as an eye drop for the treatment or prevention of inflammatory diseases. None of the instructions for the drug say that it can be used for a cold, but doctors often make such appointments, especially for children.
To find out for sure whether "Albucid" will help in the treatment of a cold, it is necessary to conduct a laboratory study of the discharge.
In what cases is "Sulfacil sodium" used for a cold
This remedy can be used to treat a nose disease if there are no other drops at hand, and a runny nose causes a lot of trouble. To achieve the maximum effect, you need to use the drug correctly, or rather in those situations when it is really indicated.
If a cold has just begun, the drug will be useless at best. The focus of infection has not yet spread to the nasal sinuses, so the use of "Albucid" will not destroy the pathogen. Drops will be especially effective for lingering and purulent rhinitis, in which green discharge with an unpleasant odor is observed. In this case, the remedy can have an excellent therapeutic effect.
The active ingredient "Sulfacyl sodium" may be an allergen for the patient, therefore, the drug should be used with caution.
How to use "Sulfacil sodium"
This drug is instilled in 2-3 drops three times a day until the symptoms of a cold completely stop. It has no contraindications, except for the individual sensitivity of the organism. When treating children, the irritant effect of the drug should be taken into account, strictly observing the dosage. Before dripping the drug to babies, it must be diluted with boiled water in a 1: 1 ratio.
According to numerous reviews, the old and proven Sodium Sulfacil is still popular today. This tool is readily available and can be used in the absence of qualified medical care, so it is indispensable for home, country and holiday first-aid kits. But before using it in children, you need to consult a doctor.