Natural virus protection: what healthy oral and pharyngeal mucosa has to do with it

Over the past few months, protection against viruses has gradually become part of our everyday lives. distance, hygiene rules or masks – all of these protect us and our fellow human beings. But did you know that a healthy pharyngeal mucosa is actually the best protective barrier against viruses?? How you can actively support this natural barrier and sustainably strengthen it, especially in times of Corona, you can learn here.

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Cold, Corona& Co.: Protection in focus

Our everyday life is no longer what it used to be: Mouth-nose protection, disinfectants and hygiene rules have become our constant companions. And this is especially useful in the winter months, when additional colds, flu and Co. High season have. However, despite all these precautions and protective measures, during autumn and winter we often can’t get rid of the uneasy feeling that we might get sick after all. Fortunately, our body has natural protective functions that we can support. Our mucous membranes in the mouth, throat and pharynx play an important role in defending against viruses and deserve extra care – because healthy mucous membranes are the best protection against viruses.

Mucous membranes: our natural protective barrier

Most viruses enter the body through the mouth and nose. They are, so to speak, the "front door" for the microscopic evildoers. That is why the mouth, nose and throat are lined with mucous membranes that function like a natural protective barrier against pathogens. They are an important part of our body’s immune defenses, preventing invaders from entering our bodies. A secretion is produced by the mucous membranes that keeps the mouth, nose and throat moist and helps make viruses harmless. We can actively strengthen and support this natural defense mechanism in our everyday lives, for example with a healthy lifestyle, sufficient fluids and special throat pastilles to suck on.

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Challenging times for our mucous membranes

When the temperatures drop and the heaters are turned up, it can take its toll on our mucous membranes. The dry air inside and outside makes the saliva film on our oral and pharyngeal mucosa weaken and there is a risk that the mucous membranes dry out. Making us more vulnerable to disease-causing invaders. To keep the mucous membranes in mouth, throat and pharynx moist, drinking a lot is especially important now. As a rule, an adult should drink a good 2 liters per day – water or unsweetened tea are particularly suitable.

But the more altered daily routine of covering our mouths and noses also puts additional strain on our natural protective barrier. We often have to speak much louder for the other person to understand us. This becomes especially exhausting for the throat and voice when the mask has to be worn for many hours. Wearing a mouth-nose protection can also be a reason not to drink enough. A dry throat, strained vocal cords, increased throat clearing and hoarseness are then often the result.

Support to go: lasting moisture and protection in pastille form

So that the mucous membranes do not dry out and thus the natural virus protection is maintained, lozenges can help. In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, moisturizing throat lozenges also help to keep the mucous membranes moist for a long time at home, on the road, or at work.

Lozenges like isla® med moisturize and protect the mucous membranes of the mouth and throat. The pastilles contain a hydrogel complex, hyaluronic acid and a special extract of Icelandic moss, and when sucked create a double protective film that covers the mucous membrane and moisturizes intensively.

But the pastilles can do even more: a laboratory test with rhinoviruses*, the most common cold viruses, has shown that the pastilles, together with saliva, form an additional barrier that can provide double protection: Infection with viruses is made more difficult and their spread is contained. Because this barrier can help make it difficult for viruses to reach the mucous membrane.

You want to learn more about how to protect yourself and others and get through everyday life with Corona? Then you can download our Corona brochure here.

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