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Do you make a habit of checking out your snot after you blow your nose?
Most people don’t. I admit, it sounds pretty gross. But if you’re feeling ill, your mucus could give you a clue about what’s going on.
First of all, why do we even have nasal mucus? It helps trap dirt and bacteria and keeps your nasal passages moisturized.
Normal mucus is clear to white. When it starts to look yellow or green, it’s because you have a virus, bacterial infection or allergy.
You really can’t tell whether it’s a virus, bacteria or allergy that’s causing the color change. But the color indicates your body is fighting off an intruder.
If your mucus is tinged red or brown, it’s blood (if it’s black, it’s likely dust or dirt). Blood in your mucus could result from frequent nose blowing or breathing very dry air. If you’re seeing a lot of blood in your mucus, however, tell your doctor.
Stuffy sinuses are uncomfortable. And if they’re not cared for, infections can grow in the mucus-clogged nasal passages.
On its website, Harvard Medical School lists some excellent ways to alleviate sinus congestion and help prevent sinusitis:
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