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A 47-year-old member asked:

where does the mucus that causes stuffy noses come from?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Lining is irritated: If one has allergies, or infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the irritated cells lining the inside of those areas will make more mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm and mucus should get more and looser.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Mucus: The actual mucus membranes that line the sinus cavity are responsible for producing the mucus.

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Can dissolving the wrong levels of salt irritate my nasal cavities?

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Yes: Yes, too high of a salt concentration will irritate the mucous membranes. A safe level of salt to possible start with in the neti pot is 1/2 teaspoon of regular table salt or neti salt. Tilt your head far enough forward so that the salt solution goes in one nostril and should drain from the other nostril, and not down the back of the throat.
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What is the best OTC cure for stopped up or stuffy noses?

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Saline rinses: Amazingly just plain salt water can be very effective in relieving stuffy noses. Available otc as a spray or as a wash, which can be very helpful. You can rinse several times a day with minimal to no side effects.
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Are there any nose-shaping exercises?

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I'm not ready to go cold turkey yet, what can I try to bridge the gap?

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From what????: Cold turkey from some drugs, especially high dose alcohol and/or tranquillizers (benzodiazepines) can be dangerous and result in seizures, delirium and very elevated blood pressure which can be dangerous. Withdrawal from opioids, while not as dangerous in healthier people, is very painful and can have dangerous consequences in people with underlying heart problems etc. Please see an addiction md.

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