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How to Get Rid of Mucus in Lungs
How to Get Rid of Mucus in Lungs
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How mucus keeps us healthy - Katharina Ribbeck
How mucus keeps us healthy - Katharina Ribbeck
Published: 2015/11/05
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Understanding Dr Sebi About Mucus
Understanding Dr Sebi About Mucus
Published: 2016/09/23
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Blob of Mucous Postnasal Drip
Blob of Mucous Postnasal Drip
Published: 2014/07/14
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This Simple Drink Will Clear Mucus From Your Lungs & Give An Instant Boost To Your Immune System
This Simple Drink Will Clear Mucus From Your Lungs & Give An Instant Boost To Your Immune System
Published: 2016/11/05
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HOW TO REMOVE MUCUS FROM YOUR BODY
HOW TO REMOVE MUCUS FROM YOUR BODY
Published: 2015/01/25
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Diagnosing Mucus in the Throat -- The Doctors
Diagnosing Mucus in the Throat -- The Doctors
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Provocarea zilei: Piatră Foarfecă Hartie (cu Mucus și Oliver) | Atelierul Magic
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Sinusitis with Tenacious Eustachian Tube Mucopus
Sinusitis with Tenacious Eustachian Tube Mucopus
Published: 2016/03/24
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How to Get Rid of Mucus and Phlegm QUICKLY!
How to Get Rid of Mucus and Phlegm QUICKLY!
Published: 2016/01/30
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Comment libérer votre corps de tout ce mucus ? - www.regenere.org
Comment libérer votre corps de tout ce mucus ? - www.regenere.org
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Making a Powerful Mucus Buster
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Dr. Sebi and Arnold Ehret:  Mucus Is The Cause of Your Disease
Dr. Sebi and Arnold Ehret: Mucus Is The Cause of Your Disease
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When Your Lungs Drown in Mucus, This is The Best Cure It’s 100% Natural and Works in Just Few hours!
When Your Lungs Drown in Mucus, This is The Best Cure It’s 100% Natural and Works in Just Few hours!
Published: 2017/02/06
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Persistent Sinusitis - Due to Recirculation of mucus  into Maxillary Sinus on Nose Endoscopy
Persistent Sinusitis - Due to Recirculation of mucus into Maxillary Sinus on Nose Endoscopy
Published: 2016/01/06
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How to Get Rid of Sinus Mucus
How to Get Rid of Sinus Mucus
Published: 2017/02/20
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How to Get Rid of Mucus in Lungs - 5 Home Remedies for Mucus
How to Get Rid of Mucus in Lungs - 5 Home Remedies for Mucus
Published: 2017/05/01
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Apple Cider Vinegar Mucus Clearing - Fat Burning - Morning Elixir - Drew Canole
Apple Cider Vinegar Mucus Clearing - Fat Burning - Morning Elixir - Drew Canole
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: FitLifeTV
Cure Your Sinus Mucus & Chronic Cough
Cure Your Sinus Mucus & Chronic Cough
Published: 2013/02/18
Channel: MeNotBrainWashed
Lungs, Sinus & Mucus Conditions Part 1
Lungs, Sinus & Mucus Conditions Part 1
Published: 2011/12/02
Channel: DrRobertMorseND
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WANT TO CLEAR MUCUS FROM YOUR LUNGS AND GIVE AN INSTANT BOOST TO YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM? TRY THIS!
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: How To
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Mucus & colles : obstructions à la santé / Régime sans mucus d'Arnold Ehret (Fabien Moine)
Published: 2017/04/28
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clear mucus discharge
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: Sexual disease in women
Mucus in Stool The Best Treatment Options english
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Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Shelby Lopez
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Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Home Remedy
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Mucus coming out of eye!!!
Published: 2011/12/10
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Published: 2017/01/07
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आंव (Mucus) की परेशानी में बबूल का आयुर्वेदिक लाभ | Acharya Balkrishna
आंव (Mucus) की परेशानी में बबूल का आयुर्वेदिक लाभ | Acharya Balkrishna
Published: 2015/12/04
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How to Get Rid of Phlegm, Mucus in Lungs
How to Get Rid of Phlegm, Mucus in Lungs
Published: 2016/10/22
Channel: Natural Remedies
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Dirty Sneeze Sputum/Mucus Prank on Public - (बलगम ) Best Prank Ever | THF - Ab Mauj Legi Dilli
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: The HunGama Films - Ab Mauj Legi Dilli
How to Use an Aspirator to Remove Mucus | Infant Care
How to Use an Aspirator to Remove Mucus | Infant Care
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: Howcast
Removing Mucus from the body (Naturally)
Removing Mucus from the body (Naturally)
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: Omar Morsy
Lime or Lemon water, removes mucus for the body!!!
Lime or Lemon water, removes mucus for the body!!!
Published: 2014/07/29
Channel: CHEF MAMA ROSA
Dr sebi mucus is the cause of all disease
Dr sebi mucus is the cause of all disease
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: alkha Life
WANT TO CLEAR MUCUS FROM YOUR LUNGS AND GIVE AN INSTANT BOOST TO YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TRY THIS!
WANT TO CLEAR MUCUS FROM YOUR LUNGS AND GIVE AN INSTANT BOOST TO YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TRY THIS!
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: everyday culture
Meaning of Snot and Mucus Colors
Meaning of Snot and Mucus Colors
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: Health • Mind • Body • Spirit
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Published: 2016/11/21
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Published: 2012/11/05
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Wrapped Ginger – Removes Mucus From Your Lungs In One Night And Cures Bad Cough
Wrapped Ginger – Removes Mucus From Your Lungs In One Night And Cures Bad Cough
Published: 2017/06/23
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5 Remedies That Remove Phlegm & Mucus Fast
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Published: 2017/05/21
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Published: 2015/11/01
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Mucus Relief For Singers! Incredible Free Tips And Remedies For Singing Wellness! Ken Tamplin Vocal
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Published: 2015/12/07
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Why is There Mucus in My Poop?
Why is There Mucus in My Poop?
Published: 2013/10/04
Channel: Question Everything
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Published: 2013/09/19
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Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: everyday culture
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Published: 2017/05/18
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Mucous cells of the stomach lining secrete mucus (pink) into the lumen

In vertebrates, mucus (/mjuːkəs/ MYOO-kəss; adjectival form: "mucous") is a slippery secretion produced by, and covering, mucous membranes. Mucous fluid is rich in glycoproteins and water. It is typically produced from cells found in mucous glands. Mucous fluid may also originate from mixed glands, which contain both serous and mucous cells. It is a viscous colloid containing antiseptic enzymes (such as lysozymes), immunoglobulins, inorganic salts, proteins such as lactoferrin,[1] and glycoproteins known as mucins that are produced by goblet cells in the mucous membranes and submucosal glands. This mucus serves to protect epithelial cells (that line the tubes) in the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, visual, and auditory systems; the epidermis in amphibians; and the gills in fish. A major function of this mucus is to protect against infectious agents such as fungi, bacteria and viruses. The average human nose produces about a liter of mucus per day.[2] Most of the mucus produced is in the gastrointestinal tract.

Bony fish, hagfish, snails, slugs, and some other invertebrates also produce external mucus. In addition to serving a protective function against infectious agents, such mucus provides protection against toxins produced by predators, can facilitate movement and may play a role in communication.

The rest of this article deals with the production and function of mucus in humans.

Respiratory system[edit]

Illustration depicting the movement of mucus in the respiratory tract.

In the human respiratory system, mucus aids in the protection of the lungs by trapping foreign particles that enter them, in particular, through the nose, during normal breathing. "Phlegm" is a specialized term for mucus that is restricted to the respiratory tract, whereas the term "nasal mucus" describes secretions of the nasal passages.

Nasal mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa; and mucosal tissues lining the airways (trachea, bronchus, bronchioles) is produced by specialized airway epithelial cells (goblet cells) and submucosal glands. Small particles such as dust, particulate pollutants, and allergens, as well as infectious agents and bacteria are caught in the viscous nasal or airway mucus and prevented from entering the system. This event along with the continual movement of the respiratory mucus layer toward the oropharynx, helps prevent foreign objects from entering the lungs during breathing. This explains why coughing often occurs in those who smoke cigarettes. The body's natural reaction is to increase mucus production. In addition, mucus aids in moisturizing the inhaled air and prevents tissues such as the nasal and airway epithelia from drying out.[3] Nasal and airway mucus is produced continuously, with most of it swallowed subconsciously, even when it is dried.[4]

Increased mucus production in the respiratory tract is a symptom of many common illnesses, such as the common cold and influenza. Hypersecretion of mucus can occur in inflammatory respiratory diseases such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic bronchitis.[3] The presence of mucus in the nose and throat is normal, but increased quantities can impede comfortable breathing and must be cleared by blowing the nose or expectorating phlegm from the throat.

Diseases involving mucus[edit]

In general, nasal mucus is clear and thin, serving to filter air during inhalation. During times of infection, mucus can change color to yellow or green either as a result of trapped bacteria[5] or due to the body's reaction to viral infection.[6] The green color of mucus comes from the heme group in the iron-containing enzyme myeloperoxidase secreted by white blood cells as a cytotoxic defense during a respiratory burst.

In the case of bacterial infection, the bacterium becomes trapped in already-clogged sinuses, breeding in the moist, nutrient-rich environment. Sinusitis is an uncomfortable condition which may include congestion of mucus. A bacterial infection in sinusitis will cause discolored mucus and would respond to antibiotic treatment; viral infections typically resolve without treatment.[7] Almost all sinusitis infections are viral and antibiotics are ineffective and not recommended for treating typical cases.[8]

In the case of a viral infection such as cold or flu, the first stage and also the last stage of the infection cause the production of a clear, thin mucus in the nose or back of the throat. As the body begins to react to the virus (generally one to three days), mucus thickens and may turn yellow or green. Viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics, and are a major avenue for their misuse. Treatment is generally symptom-based; often it is sufficient to allow the immune system to fight off the virus over time.[9]

Cystic fibrosis[edit]

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the entire body. Symptoms begin mostly in the lungs, with viscous (thick) mucus that is difficult to expel.

Mucus as a medical symptom[edit]

Increased mucus production in the upper respiratory tract is a symptom of many common ailments, such as the common cold. Nasal mucus may be removed by blowing the nose or by using nasal irrigation. Excess nasal mucus, as with a cold or allergies, due to vascular engorgement associated with vasodilation and increased capillary permeability caused by histamines,[10] may be treated cautiously with decongestant medications. Excess mucus production in the bronchi and bronchioles, as may occur in asthma, bronchitis or influenza, may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications as a means of reducing the airway inflammation, which triggers mucus over-production. Thickening of mucus as a "rebound" effect following overuse of decongestants may produce nasal or sinus drainage problems and circumstances that promote infection.

Cold weather and nasal mucus[edit]

During exposure to cold weather, the cilia, which normally sweep mucus away from the nostrils and toward the back of the throat (see respiratory epithelium), become sluggish or completely cease functioning. This results in mucus running down the nose and dripping (a runny nose).[citation needed] Mucus also thickens in cold weather; when an individual comes in from the cold, the mucus thaws and begins to run before the cilia begin to work again.[citation needed]

Digestive system[edit]

Gastric glands are composed of epithelial cells (A), chief cells (C), and parietal cells (B). The chief and parietal cells produce and secrete mucus (D) to protect the lining of the stomach (F) against the harsh pH of stomach acid. The mucus is basic, while the stomach acid (E) is acidic.

In the human digestive system, mucus is used as a lubricant for materials that must pass over membranes, e.g., food passing down the esophagus. Mucus is extremely important in the intestinal tract. It forms an essential layer in the colon and in the small intestine that helps reduce intestinal inflammation by decreasing bacterial interaction with intestinal epithelial cells.[11] A layer of mucus along the inner walls of the stomach is vital to protect the cell linings of that organ from the highly acidic environment within it.[scientific 1] Mucus is not digested in the intestinal tract. Mucus is also secreted from glands within the rectum due to stimulation of the mucous membrane within. {{Citation needed|date=February 2010}

Reproductive system[edit]

In the human female reproductive system, cervical mucus prevents infection and provides lubrication during sexual intercourse. The consistency of cervical mucus varies depending on the stage of a woman's menstrual cycle. At ovulation cervical mucus is clear, runny, and conducive to sperm; post-ovulation, mucus becomes thicker and is more likely to block sperm. Several Fertility Awareness methods, such as the Creighton Model and Billings method rely on this fact to prevent or to improve the odds of pregnancy.

In the human male reproductive system, the seminal vesicles contribute up to 100% of the total volume of the semen and contain mucus, amino acids, prostaglandins, vitamin C, and fructose as the main energy source for the sperm.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Purves, William. "Why don't our digestive acids corrode our stomach linings?". Scientific American. Retrieved 6 December 2012. Second, HCl in the lumen doesn't digest the mucosa because goblet cells in the mucosa secrete large quantities of protective mucus that line the mucosal surface. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, PK; Parsek, MR; Greenberg, EP; Welsh, MJ (May 2002). "A component of innate immunity prevents bacterial biofilm development". Nature. 417 (6888): 552–5. PMID 12037568. doi:10.1038/417552a. 
  2. ^ "What's a Booger?". KidsHealth. 
  3. ^ a b Thorton, DJ; Rousseau, K; MucGuckin, MA (2008). "Structure and function of the polymeric mucins in airways mucus". Annual Review of Physiology. 70 (44): 459–486. PMID 17850213. doi:10.1146/annurev.physiol.70.113006.100702. 
  4. ^ Gates, Stefan (2006). "Boogers". Gastronaut: Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy, and the Brave. pp. 68, 69. ISBN 0-15-603097-7. 
  5. ^ "Runny Nose (with green or yellow mucus)". Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 9, 2006. Archived from the original on Mar 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Yellow-green Phlegm and Other Myths". University of Arizona campus health services. Retrieved 2007-10-22. 
  7. ^ Consumer Reports; American Academy of Family Physicians (April 2012), "Treating sinusitis: Don't rush to antibiotics" (PDF), Choosing Wisely: an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Consumer Reports, retrieved August 17, 2012 
  8. ^ American Academy of Family Physicians, presented by ABIM Foundation, "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question" (PDF), Choosing Wisely: an initiative of the ABIM Foundation, American Academy of Family Physicians, retrieved August 14, 2012 
  9. ^ "Definition of Viral Infection". MedicineNet.com. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  10. ^ Monroe EW, Daly AF, Shalhoub RF (February 1997). "Appraisal of the validity of histamine-induced wheal and flare to predict the clinical efficacy of antihistamines". J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 99 (2): S798–806. PMID 9042073. doi:10.1016/s0091-6749(97)70128-3. 
  11. ^ Johansson, Malin E. V.; Gustafsson, Jenny K.; Sjöberg, Karolina E.; Petersson, Joel; Holm, Lena; Sjövall, Henrik; Hansson, Gunnar C. (2010-01-01). "Bacteria penetrate the inner mucus layer before inflammation in the dextran sulfate colitis model". PloS One. 5 (8): e12238. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 2923597Freely accessible. PMID 20805871. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012238. 

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