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    Why does consuming too much sugar cause you to have more mucus.

    So everyone knows about getting a running nose. What causes it to run so much? I figured there was an eritant and it was trying to flush it out but damn... sometimes it just doesn't stop. Why do the sinuses fill so much and where is all the materials needed to make the mucus coming from? Do you lose mucus weight when you get a cold? How does the nose get clogged? The mucus is so runny why doesn't it just come strait out instead of getting stuck?

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    Sweet, I love it when my posts are ignored.

    I guess I'll have to figure this one out on my own.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBOB
    Why does consuming too much sugar cause you to have more mucus.

    So everyone knows about getting a running nose. What causes it to run so much? I figured there was an eritant and it was trying to flush it out but damn... sometimes it just doesn't stop. Why do the sinuses fill so much and where is all the materials needed to make the mucus coming from? Do you lose mucus weight when you get a cold? How does the nose get clogged? The mucus is so runny why doesn't it just come strait out instead of getting stuck?

    I think that's enough for now.
    LoL...being ignored is awesome, no?

    Anyhow, you get a runny nose because your body is trying to flush out the irritant; as you said. The runny nose is cause by the release of histamine molecules by your body's basophils (a form of a leukocyte). Its a defense mechanism. The reason it doesn't stop is because the irritant hasn't been flushed out. The sinuses act as a means of storage of the mucus and the mucosal cells...but anatomical data has actualyl revealed that the sinuses are actually one of the most useless parts of the body to date :? . Meh...

    Your nose gets clogged because..well, its mucus and its more viscous than water and eventually it hards faster. None-the-less, its still a means of flushing the irritant. (Bacteria, Virus, allergens)
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    So, if I am correct, the common cold viruses attack the lungs and sinuses. Since this is usually where the mucus comes from.

    I guess I was just amazed that mucus could be produced faster than it was coming out (it was coming out fast). That is why I was wondering why the sinus cavities fill up so much.

    Thanks for not ignoring me completely.
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    lol, you're welcome.

    And, the common cold virus atatcks the mucousal cells of the epithelial lining in your sinuses and nostrils (conchae included) FIRST before moving down the pharynx to your lungs...if it gets to that, that's just bad.
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    depending on what i ate, sometimes my nose would drip some water. sometimes it got really stuffy. pepper make it run, cake make it stop up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SealOtter
    depending on what i ate, sometimes my nose would drip some water. sometimes it got really stuffy. pepper make it run, cake make it stop up.
    Its probably something to do with your mucousal cells that you're dripping more water than solute/solvent mixture. I dunno why that is...

    Pepper is an irritant, so naturally, you're body doesn't liek it being where it doens't belong (your nose). So, it flushes it out by making you sneeze and blow your nose out til its out. Just rinse your nose with some water and if you're about to sneeze, do it...fastest way to get rid of the irritant.
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    I would like to add another question to this.

    Why does cold weather give you a runny nose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBOB
    I would like to add another question to this.

    Why does cold weather give you a runny nose?
    Cold weather acts in the same sense as dry weather, it deprives your inner conchae (nasal cavity) from the moist enviroment it needs to function properly. So, if the cold and hot air dry out your nose, your body's natural reaction is to re-moisturize and maintain that level of moisture...you're not really getting a running nose, but it just feels that way because your nose has been dry for so long.
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    !!! i dont know... well maybe i do. I learned something in earth science that high pressure and low pressure causes certain types of sinus problems. High pressure keeps keeps sinus still but low pressure releases pressure that your nose is holding in.

    high pressure=clear sky=better sinus; low pressure=stormy/rainy=worse sinus.

    maybe very cold can be low pressure.
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    Hmm... because sometimes my nose does get a little stuffed. Maybe both of your answers play a part. Also, if my sinuses are reacting to keep it moist do you think they might over react a little?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SealOtter
    !!! i dont know... well maybe i do. I learned something in earth science that high pressure and low pressure causes certain types of sinus problems. High pressure keeps keeps sinus still but low pressure releases pressure that your nose is holding in.

    high pressure=clear sky=better sinus; low pressure=stormy/rainy=worse sinus.

    maybe very cold can be low pressure.
    That has a role to play in it as well. Your quote is for general conditions of humidity or its absence

    Hmm... because sometimes my nose does get a little stuffed. Maybe both of your answers play a part. Also, if my sinuses are reacting to keep it moist do you think they might over react a little?
    they might, in the case of infection or an irritant that you're not aware of.
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    geeze you reply fast.

    Thanks, that helps alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBOB
    geeze you reply fast.

    Thanks, that helps alot.
    heh thx! My pleasure :P
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