Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Blow, Blow, Blow Your Nose

As my nose continues to pour and I wish I had stock in Kimberly-Clark, I find myself wondering just what causes all of this stuff to want to escape your body when you have a cold. This springtime virus, which is probably just a variation on the common cold, has me conjoined to a box of Kleenex as my constant nose-blowing is punctuated by an explosive sneeze or an occasional cough.

I posed this question to my friend Reya, who has a treasure trove of knowledge about how the body works gleaned from her studies to be a massage therapist. She made sense of the many ways my body is fighting this nasty bug.

Toxins are constantly being excreted as a result of the infection. It’s the job of mucous in our noses and sneezes and coughs to carry them away. This is one reason hand-washing is so imperative so as not to spread the cold germs.

She also explained that taking antihistamines that tend to slow down a runny nose can have the effect of trapping the toxins and causing sinus infections. I believe I’ll opt for a runny nose, given that alternative.

I keep wondering if I will run out of “liquid” to produce the mucous that continues to drip out of my nose. Maybe that’s why I’m constantly thirsty.

I think I’ll go pop another vitamin C and make a big cup of herbal tea as I put my feet up once again to work on my book. That’s about all the energy I can muster for this day.

8 Comments:

Blogger Ulysses said...

Maybe that's what the condom's for -- if your gallic nose's running too much for two tissues, you're meant to put it just to catch.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Ulysses -- I guess those French must think of everything. I'm so glad I didn't throw out the expired condom. Somehow I don't think even it is up for the drip...

2:26 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Feel better and stay hydrated.

I'm not much of a medicine taker. It's good to know that I'm probably better off skipping the antihistimines, but I'm so over the allergies.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Sorry about the spelling. I'm a little loopy today. Antihistamines. Sheesh.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

The common wisdom for colds and flu is to drink a lot of fluids - yes? Now you know why!

Blow hard, dear one, but don't get blown away. You've got a summer flu, and when you come out of this, you're going to feel as sparkling clean as the closet you cleaned out last week!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Since when do boxes of tissue paper come with their own noses?

9:20 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Reya -- I've turned the corner. Today is looking much brighter. You, soul sister, are my sagest health advisor!

MSnay -- Yesterday I wanted to take my nose off and deposit it with the Kleenex box!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- I would have totally missed the typo in my sniffly state. I have thought about you a lot as I read the book we bought together.

1:17 PM  

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