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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.

No: It does not if you mean can someone catch herpes from you nasal secretions or sneezing. Hope that answers your questions. Dr. R ...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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Can seasonal pollen allergies make you tired and dry eyes? Should I try something else if Allegra not helping? Yellow nasal mucous since Thurs.

Can seasonal pollen allergies make you tired and dry eyes? Should I try something else if Allegra not helping? Yellow nasal mucous since Thurs.

Yes.: Season allergies can affect your energy levels. There is good evidence that untreated allergies causes fatigue in the work place and school environment. Dry eyes is a little atypical but the itchy eyes could feel like dry eyes. Other good OTC antihistamine medications are Zyrtec and Claritin. Good OTC nasal sprays are Flonase and Nasacort (triamcinolone). Nasal irrigation is helpful too. ...Read more

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What does blue nasal mucus mean?

What does blue nasal mucus mean?

Blue mucosa: Hello. I think that the lining in your nose was described as "blue" not the mucus in your nose. A pale or blue discoloration indicates an allergic link to the nasal disorder. ...Read more

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Why is my nasal mucus brown and smelly? I need some advice.

Brown mucous: There may be some old blood it in from local trauma. If this issue persists, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if nasal mucus (snot) harmful at all besides it being nasty?

Nasal mucus: Nasal mucus is not harmful. It is produced by everyone’s nose and sinuses. It normally drains inconspicuously down the throat. If you are noticing it, it may mean that your mucus is dry due to medication side effect or dehydration. It also can be indicative of a problem, such as allergies, viral infection, or a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Is nasal mucus (snot) harmful at all besides it being nasty?

Please help docs! Is nasal mucus (snot) harmful at all besides it being nasty?

No: The nasal mucosa produces about a quart of mucus daily and it lubricates the nasal mucosa. It is not only not harmful but very important for normal ciliary function in the nose. ...Read more

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Can a small amount of white-ish nasal mucus be normal? I don't have any symptoms, just a bit in my nose everyday.

Can a small amount of white-ish nasal mucus be normal? I don't have any symptoms, just a bit in my nose everyday.

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. See a doctor soon, here or locally, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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What causes white nasal mucus? Would I know if it was pus caused by an infection?

What causes white nasal mucus? Would I know if it was pus caused by an infection?

Exam: Have the nasal discharge examined by an ENT specialist and have a bacterial culture performed. Do not attempt to diagnose or treat this without a medical workup. ...Read more

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Nasosinusitis five years ago, in the morning cough and nasal mucus suck-back. Help please.

Nasosinusitis five years ago, in the morning cough and nasal mucus suck-back. Help please.

Recurrence: You might have a recurrence of a bacterial sinus infection. Try the simple things first, nasal saline rinse, Mucinex (guaifenesin) DM, and a decongestant. You can even try Nasacourt (it is an over the counter nasal steroid spray). If it doesn't help or your symptoms last more than 10 days, then you should consider antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a lot of dried snot (nasal mucus) in my nose everyday. Breath In dried snot may cause some sick? I don't like pick my nose.

I have a lot of dried snot (nasal mucus) in my nose everyday. Breath In dried snot may cause some sick? I don't like pick my nose.

Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal (oxymetazoline) passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! ...Read more

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Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Walking pneumonia 7yrs ago, constant phlegm + awful sticky & dried nasal mucus every night & day since.?

Nose: If you've had a recent chest xray to make sure your lungs are okay it may be as simple as needing to drink more water and have a humidifier at night. You should see an ENT to see if its sinus related which may mean a ct scan of the sinuses ...Read more

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"my 5 year old coughs in the morning for a few seconds & then does not cough again until the next morning w/yellow nasal mucus when I blow his nose? "

"my 5 year old coughs in the morning for a few seconds & then does not cough again until the next morning w/yellow nasal mucus when I blow his nose? "

? Sinus infection: With build up of secretions through the night, drains down the throat when he wakes up and sits or stands upright, keep irrigating his nose with saline nasal wash though, but if the condition persists see his doctor, take care ...Read more

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Nasal mucus. Doesn't seem to stop. Taking a nasal spray with xylometazoline for temp relief. Any thing that can cure it permanently. Its not allergy.

Nasal mucus. Doesn't seem to stop. Taking a nasal spray with xylometazoline for temp relief. Any thing that can cure it permanently. Its not allergy.

How?: Need to see your doctor to get checked out. I don't know how you knew that the problem was not related to an allergy. The spray you are using should not be used for more than 5 days continuously or you may end up with nasal congestion. The spray also does not reduce runny nose, only congestion. An allergist may be the one you need to see. ...Read more

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Mouth seems to be really dry in the mornings I do have chest congestion and nasal mucus. What do you recommend?

Mouth seems to be really dry in the mornings I do have chest congestion and nasal mucus. What do you recommend?

Dry mouth/congestion: Best to get eval by Dr., as it sounds like your nasal mucus and congestion is causing you to breath through your mouth while sleeping, thus causing your dry mouth in the morning. A RX corticosteroid nasal spray can help open up your nasal passages and improve your congestion and mucus issues, etc. See the Doctor, best wishes. ...Read more

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Severe nasal mucus and congestion. Caught cold and even after its gone, still have a lot of mucus discharge and congested nose. Any permanent cures?

Severe nasal mucus and congestion. Caught cold and even after its gone, still have a lot of mucus discharge and congested nose. Any permanent cures?

Neti pots can: Reduce nasal congestion. Mix ¼ tsp salt w 1 cup distilled lukewarm water. More salt can also be used. Place solution in neti pot. Tilt head & pour solution into 1 nostril. Blow nose lightly & spit out any liquid that drains into throat. Repeat on other side. This can be done in the evening before you go to bed & again in a.m. Not a permanent cure but can help. ...Read more

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