A runny nose can be annoying, but mucus can help protect you from illness and serve as an indicator of what may be ailing you.
With flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses common this time of year, a drippy nose may have you reaching for tissue, but mucus isn’t always linked to an ailment. The slippery, slimy fluid comes from mucus membranes inside the respiratory tract, which includes the nose, mouth, throat and lungs.
“Mucus plays an important role in your body by helping to lubricate and moisturize, trapping and expelling irritants and helping to prevent and combat illness,” explains Tidelands Health nurse practitioner Crystal Connors, who offers care at Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Murrells Inlet. “It can also be an indicator of conditions such as pneumonia, COPD or asthma.”