What other than your nose produces mucus?
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What does it mean when you have yellow mucus coming out of your nose?
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Why is it better to inhale through your nose than you mouth?
The nose has many natural filters in it, including: nose hair, the nasal cavity and adinoids. all these filtering the air before it reaches your throat/lungs. However your mouth has your tonsils and mucus as a defense. The mucus engulfs the foreign object and then you hargh it out. Your nose just has stronger defenses.
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What causes a running nose?
A runny nose may not cause any physical discomfort, except for the rawness the results from blowing your nose, but it certainly is one of the most annoying cold symptoms. Even so, it's an important infection-fighting mechanism. Mucus produced by the nose fights infection, humidifies air to moisten the nasal membranes and traps foreign matter so it's not inhaled into the lungs. In fact, the nose produces between one and two quarts of mucus a day, which we normally swallow unconsciously. Certain factors can cause the nose to go into mucus production overdrive, however, causing a runny nose. When you have a cold or the flu, your nose produces excess mucus to fight the germs and wash out the nasal passages. The same thing happens if you have allergies because your nose treats the allergens like germs. If you live in a dry climate or the air in your home gets especially dry in the winter, your nose again reacts by producing more mucus. And you may have noticed that your nose runs more when you're exposed to cold temperatures. The air in your nose is warmer than the outside air and a steam-like affect happens inside your nose. Water drops condense, mix with mucus and run out your nose. Increased nasal secretions may be thin or thick; they may be clear, yellow or green. It's normal for mucus to change in consistency and color as it moves through the process of fighting infection. Most of the time a runny nose caused by cold or flu doesn't need to be treated and should be allowed to run its course. If you're uncomfortable, however, a cool mist vaporizer and over-the-counter decongestants can help. Occasionally, thick and green mucus can signal the development of a bacterial sinus infection, which should be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
Asked in Respiratory System
Do nostrils protect the respiratory system?
Nostrils are mainly what the human race breathes out of, but, other than that purpose, they also help protect it by: Having hairs: the hairs on the inside of your nose (Yes, everybody has them) trap foreign materials. Mucus: the mucus on the inside of your nose also traps foreign materials. This is also why we get allergies. Foreign materials enter and the body's response is to create mucus along the nostrils to protect your respiratory tract further.
Asked in Cold and Flu
How can you make your nose stop running?
If your nose is running because of the flu or cold, you can get a nose spray or pills over the counter that will dry up the mucus and decrease the inflammation in your nose. Ask your local pharmacist to show you some options for these medications. Don't use sprays for more than a couple of days since they can make your nose worse rather than better after that.
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Asked in Human Anatomy and Physiology
What is the function of mucus in the digestive system?
In the stomach, the stomach acid is there to digest protein. Your stomach, as is mucus, is made of protein. So, your stomach produces mucus to sacrifice instead of the stomach muscle/protein. The mucus is continually being digested by the acid, but it is also continuously being produced at the same rate as its digestion. The mucus also protects the inner lining of the digestive system against abrasive objects you may have eaten. Lubrication? Need I say more than that mucus is slippery so the food slides more easily.
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Why do we have boogers?
All of our mucus membranes produce a (typically slimy) protective substance called, oddly enough, mucus. One of the several purposes of this substance is to 'catch' airborne contaminants. The old mucus from lung and sinus membranes is disposed and with it the contaminants are expelled - most (I think) gets swallowed, some spit out or blown out the nose. Some thickens (with trapped contaminants and/or gets dehydrated) and becomes uncomfortable hard or sticky deposits in the nose. Mucus in the lungs or throat does not generally get dehydrated because the environment stays moister than the outer nasal passages.
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Asked in Cold and Flu, Head, Ears, and Nose, Dog Health
Why does your nose run when you are cold?
The nose is a complex organ, meant not only to help us smell wonderful (or not so wonderful) smells but also to act as a filtration device for incoming air. It might be surprising to learn that your nose secretes, when you're healthy about 32 ounces (.94 liters) of mucus every day. This doesn't tend to make your nose run; instead most of this mucus falls to the back of the throat and is eventually swallowed. These secretions help to humidify, warm up, and filter incoming air, in conjunction with the small hairs in the nose. So why does a nose run when it is cold? This is an excellent question, which fortunately has a fairly simple explanation. Underneath the glands that secrete mucus, you have huge amounts of tiny blood vessels, which help supply these glands. In cold weather, these blood vessels dilate or grow larger. This means you have more blood supply to your nose, which in part protects your nose from the cold, but it also means your nose will begin producing greater amounts of mucus and liquid. This is also why your nose turns red when it's cold. Additionally, you will notice a nose run when it is cold because the nose has to work overtime to warm up air that is inhaled, which is coming in at much lower temperatures than normal. You might even notice a nose run when it is cold only by a few degrees. Temperatures just a few degrees below room temperature can make the nose run. There's also the issue as mentioned above of normal mucus and secretion production. At room temperature, your nose is already producing four cups of fluid and mucus a day. Only so much of it can fall to the back of the throat and be swallowed. When mucus and secretion production increases to warm the air, you will see the nose run when it is cold because you have excess secretions. In other words, some of it has to drip out the front of the nose because you have an excess supply. When you get into a warmer room, a few moments later you won't notice your nose continuing to run because your nose has warmed up and the blood vessels become more constricted. Observing the nose run when it is cold has led many to believe that cold weather causes colds. This isn't actually the case, and the nose helps through filtration to try to avoid viruses. Of course it doesn't avoid them all. Being out in cold weather for a few minutes may actually help decrease congestion a little since mucus will be naturally released through the front of your nose, allowing you to have a few good blows. Usually, you're just as stuffed up again once you've gone back indoors.
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What do you do to unblock your nose?
well you wont believe this it may sound stupid but uts true you pour some honey down your nose make sure it is thick honey it gathers up the mucus and when it bigins to comedown your throut spit the honey out make sure that when the honey is in your nose you are lying down also when your hose in unblocked put some water in your nose and then blow your nose your nose will be unblocked for a long time (this works better than any nose drops and things like thar)
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Why do people pick their noses?
The most common reason is that mucus has dried into hard crusts in locations within the nose, which can be uncomfortable. More rarely, people may pick both dry and semi-solid mucus which is obstructing their breathing. This can sometimes be a nervous habit (as is chewing fingernails) rather than actual discomfort.