Saturday, February 11, 2006

Weekend Open Thread

Cough it up or blow it out. It's time for more questions.

D.

17 Comments:

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay - this is utterly disgusting - but i cannot figure out how to rid myself of my "booger" problem.

i recently moved from texas to california - from an overly humid climate to a quite dry climate... it seems that now i have an excess of "boogers" daily. my nose feels so dry - that i cannot help but constantly look like a bunny as i twitch my nose...

is this due to the climate change? i had lived in california previously while in college and do not remember having this problem. and what in gods name can i do?

simple problem... but it's incredibly frustrating.

 
At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Doug Hoffman said...

Climate change can do things like this, yes. There's an over the counter product you might want to try called Ayr Gel -- a lubricant formulated for use in the nose. If that doesn't work, you might have to try irrigating your nose with saline (I've discussed this on this blog -- you might have to search back a few weeks). Good luck!

 
At 6:53 AM, Anonymous Doug Hoffman said...

There it is: the January 14 post, lower on this same page.

 
At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had an excess of nasal mucus (boogers to the common man) in both nostrils ever since I was a kid, and I'm 47 now. It's annoying as hell. Doesn't matter what kind of climate, and it's not allergies, either. It's aggravating as hell, because every so often during the day, I like to breathe. ;^/

 
At 5:38 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

What does orange ear wax mean? And why do I have tinnitus when I recline in bed or lay down? Very annoying.

TY!

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Anonymous, this is one of those "picture is worth a thousand words" problems (and, no, I am not inviting you to post your booger photos). The point is, there are many, many explanations for this. Most of the things which cause this are quite treatable. Hate to be trite, but you need an ENT up close and personal, not just in the blogosphere.

Lisa, are we talking orange as in light brown (normal) or Crayola Crayon orange (not normal)? If it's flourescent, this could mean you have an infection. With the exception of blood and urine, the human body Does Not Do Bright Colors. You can take that to the bank. (Can anyone think of any exceptions?) In many cases, bright colors = bacterial infection until proven otherwise.

 
At 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many thanks, Doug. You confirmed what I suspected. I guess I've just put off a visit to the ENT because it seems like such a trivial or embarrassing matter.

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger Susan said...

A couple of weeks I started getting something I call "ear flutters." It happens only in the late evening (every night now) except for one afternoon episode. My head/ears feel full, and a sound/sensation starts in my right ear. I can describe it as a rapid irregular beat with a tiny mallet, or a very muffled putt-putt from an old outboard motor.

Onset coincided with increased stress and a slight worsening of tinnitus. I'm guessing either my arteries are involved or a space alien has invaded my eardrum.

Thanks!

 
At 2:15 AM, Blogger crystal said...

I have a couple of questions ...

1) I think I once read that there is some connection between people who have waxy ears and people who have breast cancer - is this correct?

2) a friend of mine has vertigo and fatigue and nausea and sometimes migraines - is this an inner ear problem with those teeny rocks?

Thank you, D :-)

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Doug Hoffman said...

Hi Crystal. I haven't heard of a breast cancer-ear wax link. As for the second question, vertigo-fatigue-nausea certainly go hand-in-hand-in-hand, and there is a migraine variant that has vertigo as its aura. NOTE: headache with vertigo can be a sign of brain tumor, so make damned sure it's something relatively innocent, like migraine.

 
At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Florida and have for 17 years.My boogers have been very dry and hard,sometimes blackish looking.Everyonce in awhile I might have a gooey one up there.Why is this,for the hard crusty ones?I blow my nose several times a day aswell as use Q-tip for cleaning nostril.But they are there and so bad in morning when I first wake up.Why?

 
At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 9 yr. old has orange ear wax alot.Yes from infections,due to medical issues with ears nose and throat.She has enlarged tonsils,(need spell check),no not swollen tonsills.But they do however get infected and also due to sinus infections.We use sweet oil and it clears it up until we get to doctor for meds,if needed.

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I live in Florida and have for 17 years..."
I'm glad theres someone else out there like myself. I've lived in S. Florida for 8 years and just started having the dried burning sensation/pain in my nose along with the dried boogers the past 5 months. The ENT is giving me an allergy test tomorrow. I'll let you know if it's an allergy.

 
At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does my l. ear close up from time to time, and what is the best way to get er wax out and ears squeaky clean???

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous worried said...

okay well ever so often when i have the cold, sometimes when i blow my nose its dark blue. but recently i just cleaned my nose and the booger that came out was blue; and i wasn't sick. whats wrong with me?

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for as long as i can remember, i wake up almost every night having to blow my nose. It is only clear mucas but annoying, same when i just wake up. I dont know anyone else who has this problem, so what is it?

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a phlegm problem. it looks like some kind of kittycrap. i go to spit but it turns into boogers. its really grosing out my boyfriend.
HELPPPP!!!! i came from mishigann.
to california. its scaring me because it tastes gross aswell

 

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