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Better to spit or swallow mucous?
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Anon_22176 posted:
Hi I have a cold with mucous. I am just curious to know if it is better to spit it out or swallow it. When I talk, I feel it in throat and I often try to clear my throat by making the rattling noise to get it out. I tend to feel better to spit it out because when I swallow it, I feel like it's still in my throat. I'm also curious if it's better to blow your nose or just wipe it. I personally feel better to blow it, but I hear it's not good to do because you spread germs and it causes pressure in the sinuses. I don't quite understand that, so I think it would be good to get some expert advice. Thank you.

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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Mucous management is a personal choice.I vote "spit it out" and "blow your nose", but this is really a decision that only you can make.


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