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Tycho
12-14-2009, 08:48 PM
When I have to blow my nose, which is often every 5 minutes, but I sometimes go without for up to 45 minutes, I've found something interesting.

If I don't use a Kleenex, I'll hurl snot out of my unblocked nostril maybe distances of 2-4 feet and it really gets my sinuses clear (for the next 5 minutes).

But when I use a Kleenex, I sort of react like both nostrils are being blocked, and I don't clear my head as well.

Also I hate it when people suck in their snot.

My mom taught me that I have to expel that stuff out of my head. If you don't, it's not going anywhere. You'll get terrible migrain headaches as that stuff starts to collect up there, or it will drip down your throat and you'll feel and talk like you smoke a pack every hour. Where else do you think your snot goes if you don't blow your nose?

But do you think you feel better too when you shoot snot for distance?

El Chuxter
12-14-2009, 08:50 PM
I like doing it when in line behind someone in Target. Gets in their hair. They don't find out for hours. Hilarity ensues.

Tycho
12-14-2009, 08:51 PM
Like you mean if they have long hair? Yeah. Sending a pretty girl off with snot in her hair. Good one Chux.

But are you getting good clearance in your nostrils from doing that?

In Wal-Mart, the smells of the cleaning fluids they use every night really open your nasal passages up actually.

I think that shooting snot for distance in lines at retail stores would be a more rewarding experience at Wal-Mart versus Target.

sebillba
12-15-2009, 06:57 AM
What a charming little thread!! But as a life-long sinus sufferer, it struck a chord with me. I've never really mastered the long distance expulsion, and if a tissue isn't available, I'm afraid I have to hoik and spit... though techically, it's not really snot then, but would be classed as gob. Maybe I should take tips from my persian cat, who is an expert at shooting out the snot - as the orange glob all over my walls will testify.

Colour and consistency can be really satisfying... sometimes mine is really thick and a bright, almost fluorescent yellow - it always feels good to get rid of that from inside my head.

Tycho
12-15-2009, 10:47 AM
Yes Sibillba. I too am a life-long sinus sufferer.

Several things about that, and then on to snot.

There is no cure for lifelong sinus-sufferers. I have large sinuses that produce a lot of mucus constantly. Things like dairy products or reactions to spicy foods like tabasco or jalepenos can make the condition temporarily worse, but generally you need nose sprays, a good supply of tissues, and anti-hystamines.

Next, I think a LOT of people are lifelong sinus-sufferers, but they just don't think so. The GOAL HERE is to breathe free and clear constantly. There IS something wrong when you are not breathing this well, and it will hamper athletic performances from competative sports, to your own personal workouts, to just being able to sit at a desk and type and stay awake while you're doing it.

Clear your nose!

I run a vaporizer by my bedside at night to help. (Also helps you have fresher breath in the morning if you haven't been mouth-breathing - or maybe drooling - all night. Plus no snoring.)

Mouth-breathers....snorers....anyway....

Yes, you have an infection when your snot is green, fading to yellow, or any color but clear. You can still have gobs of clear snot - that's normal for sinus-sufferers.

If you are NOT relating to this thread, perhaps you should take advantage of your gifts and be a great athlete.

Others of us are trying to be athletes, but suffer never-the-less. We admire you guys who don't suffer, but hate you never the less because you probably have no sympathy for us.

mtriv73
12-15-2009, 11:22 AM
Maybe when you're blocking up one nostril to shoot it out, rather than holding a tissue over your nose and blowing both at once, you're increasing the pressure behind your projectiles. Since you're reducing the potential paths the escaping air and mucus can take by half and assuming you blow for the same amount of time either way, you can double the velocity of your nose projectiles using the one nostril method. This could lead to more effective clearance and the better feeling you're experiencing. As a control, you should try blocking one nostril at a time while you blow into a tissue to see if you get the same effect.

Tycho
12-15-2009, 12:47 PM
As a control, you should try blocking one nostril at a time while you blow into a tissue to see if you get the same effect.

Oh I have. That is what this thread is about: my empiracle evidence I've gathered that favors not using a kleenex (initially). You have to wipe your face and clean up the rug after launch of course (unless you use some girl's hair like in El Chuxter's method).

El Chuxter
12-15-2009, 01:52 PM
I didn't say it was a girl. It's funnier if it's an old lady or a dude with a mullet.

sebillba
12-15-2009, 03:12 PM
There is no cure for lifelong sinus-sufferers. I have large sinuses that produce a lot of mucus constantly. Things like dairy products or reactions to spicy foods like tabasco or jalepenos can make the condition temporarily worse, but generally you need nose sprays, a good supply of tissues, and anti-hystamines.

I think my addiction to dairy products is a factor, but my love of cheese and milk obviously outweighs my hate of snot. I've been on sprays for as long as I can remember, and have had two surgeries - one with scalpels, the other with lasers, neither made much difference.

Having a vaporizer by your bed sounds like a good idea, I may have to try that. I usually just smear my nose with Vicks Vapour Rub at night, after having a soak in a mentholated bubble bath. I have to be able to breathe through my nose - if it's too blocked I wake up. But although I'm not a mouth breather, apparently I still snore like a bulldozer! Thankfully I have an extrememely understanding partner.

Fortunately (well, unfortunate really, but fortunate in this case), I don't have a sporting bone in my body... I just need to be able to breathe easily for general day to day living.

Snowtrooper
12-15-2009, 04:13 PM
If nobody else is around and I'm outside, I'll fire off a couple of snot rockets. It does clear out the sinuses a whole lot better than using tissue.

Qui-Long Gone
12-15-2009, 05:40 PM
Living in the sands of West Texas, I do whatever I can to clear my sinus cavities (which is often out here in the land of cotton)...sometimes people get hit, most times they don't!

Tycho
12-15-2009, 06:29 PM
I haven't personally had the surgery, but operations for deviated septums don't seem to accomplish anything. The surgeon or nose-throat doctor with a referral relationship with a surgeon will recommend this because it makes them money.

Mind you if you want to have your nose done for cosmetic reasons, it can't hurt to have a deviated septum fixed while they're at it (I haven't had this done either - and I sort of have a big nose - but not too big I guess).

But I think EVERYONE probably has a deviated septum and the doctors know this and take advantage of it if you bring it up because they know they can sell you the surgery.

Mad Slanted Powers
12-15-2009, 09:06 PM
I was never able to master blowing the nose that way. I would only do it that way when I'm on a run, but could never do it right. I'd just have snot dribbling back down on me or something.

As a kid, I wasn't too good at blowing my nose with tissue either, so I did tend to sniff it back up. At some point, I did learn to blow hard and get that honking sound just like when my dad would blow his nose. He always used handkerchiefs, but that's not my thing. A kleenex is too weak and is only worth about one blow for me. So, I use a paper towel and fold it in half three times. It's plenty sturdy, and I have multiple pockets to blow into with it folded up like that.

It seems like I often do have some sort of phlegm or congestion. The past few years, it seems I haven't had a cold as often, and they don't seem to last as long, though the congestion lingers a while. At the end of last week, I started having to blow my nose a lot more, and it had a bit of blood in it. That's not too unusual for me. I've never had a nose bleed where it comes running or dripping out. However, on Monday morning, I blew my nose after I got up and there was quite a bit of blood on the paper towel. I blew in three different spots and it was the same each time. It has been okay since then. Seems like this happened once before. Kind of freaky though.

sebillba
12-16-2009, 07:00 AM
I haven't personally had the surgery, but operations for deviated septums don't seem to accomplish anything. The surgeon or nose-throat doctor with a referral relationship with a surgeon will recommend this because it makes them money.

Nothing's ever been mentioned about me having a deviated septum, I just have thick passage linings - they tried to shave them down, but I guess by the time the swelling had gone down, and it had all healed up, they'd grown back again, or been replaced by new scar tissue. Fortunately the first op was on the NHS, so I didn't have to pay, but the laser surgery cost around 1000, so I felt really ripped off when it had zero effect. (Yet I'd previously had laser eye surgery, and that was brilliant, one of the best things I've ever done.)

My nose bleeds most days, so I have to wander round with bits of tissue hanging out my nostrils till it dries up.

I tried the unprotected blow this morning - not much of a targeted projectile, but it splattered all over the sink... and some just got caught in my 'tache. Nice. And I didn't feel any clearer than normal.

Tycho
12-27-2009, 08:52 PM
I just blew snot all over my ergonomic keyboard. But my right nostril is finally clear and feels great!

I also now have a new ergonasal keyboard. :rolleyes:

Blue2th
12-27-2009, 10:18 PM
Whataya gonna pick...snot rockets