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Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

Thick nasal mucus - I have to blow my nose very hard to get the plug feeling out, it is commonly very thick, white (not clear). Should I be concern?

Thick nasal mucus: Thick nasal mucus can be related to sinusitis, but not necessarily. If you have chronic allergies or recurrent infections you should consult a doctor who can identify if there is an opportunity to improve nasal inflammation with sprays or treat infection with antibiotics. You may benefit from good nasal hygiene as well which involves using salt water rinses to clear mucus and allergens. ...Read more

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Allergy RAST/blood (IgE) test reports no milk allergy. Is it possible I could still be allergic to dairy? Suffering from thick nasal mucus.

Allergy RAST/blood (IgE) test reports no milk allergy. Is it possible I could still be allergic to dairy? Suffering from thick nasal mucus.

Yes: Either RAST (replaced by ImmunoCap IgE) and prick skin testing can miss some food allergies. I often test a patient to the food itself when the history and test findings do not match. Recently I was about to challenge a young boy to walnut (history positive, skin test negative) when the skin test turned out to be highly positive to the actual nut. Mold & mite allergies are more likely in HK. ...Read more

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2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow,now it is clear w/ light yellow.been 7 days. sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

2yr old has nasal mucus that went from clear to thick yellow,now it is clear w/ light yellow.been 7 days. sinus infection or cold? Let it run coarse?

Depends: The nasal mucous will color over time from the normal germs that live on the membrane walls.The color means less than the 2yo's pattern of daily activities. If the kid is playful.eating normally and not bothered that it should clear on its own.If the kid's feeds are off, play is less and she is running fever, it deserves a visit. ...Read more

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At day 8 after cold onset. Everything else cleared, but when to be concerned about lingering sore throat and excessive nasal mucus (thick/green)?

At day 8 after cold onset. Everything else cleared, but when to be concerned about lingering sore throat and excessive nasal mucus (thick/green)?

Cold: The majority of colds are caused by viruses, which can take 2 weeks or so to resolve. As long as you are feeling better, keep taking over the counter meds such as antihistamines. If you start to feel worse or develop new fevers, you may now have become infected with a bacteria and antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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Past 3 days Wake up with thick dark yellow sometimes blood tinged nasal mucus. Nose is not running. On Nasacort (triamcinolone) for 1wk. Sinus Infection? Virus?

Past 3 days Wake up with thick dark yellow sometimes blood tinged nasal mucus. Nose is not  running. On Nasacort (triamcinolone) for 1wk. Sinus Infection?  Virus?

May be normal: Sinusitis is mostly caused by viruses. There is difficulty diagnosing bacterial sinusitis by symptoms alone but if symptoms are present >10 days, fever >102 with pus for first 3-4 days of symptoms or worsening of symptoms following viral infection - you may have a bacterial infection. Be careful to use nasacort (triamcinolone) appropriately as the irritation may also cause bleeding. ...Read more

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Hi,I would like to know does herpes affect nasal mucous.

Hi,I would like to know does herpes affect nasal mucous.

Yes...: Tip of nose commonly....it is one of the dangerous site also......needs prompt treatment. ...Read more

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Had a cold for a week. Lots of nasal mucous. Left side nostril has been bleeding upon blowing daily for 5 days. How can I "band-aid" this?

Had a cold for a week.  Lots of nasal mucous.  Left side nostril  has been bleeding upon blowing daily for 5 days.  How can I "band-aid" this?

5 days!: Sorry to hear this. Please set up an appointment as soon as possible with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. He/she will take good care of your concern. ...Read more

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