When You’re Sick, Why Does Your Nose Keep Dripping No Matter How Many Times You Blow It?

Have you ever had to constantly blow your nose when you were sick, because it kept dripping and wouldn’t stop? It probably drove you mad. But how does your nose produce mucus so fast? And is it really made inside your nose or somewhere else? Answers to these questions can be found in the top-rated explanations from the internet we have posted below.
Answers to these questions can be found in the top-rated explanations from the internet we have posted below.


Some of the immediate fullness you feel is not mucus instantly generating, but your sinuses swelling back up and blocking the nasal passages.
See, your sinuses are inflamed when you’re sick. When you blow your nose, you kind of flex them as well so they get a bit narrower to let stuff out. Then when you’re done blowing/flexing those muscles, they swell back up.
That’s why you can repeatedly blow your nose, have just a little bit come out, but still feel like you need to blow again.


Yes. This is why some people who suffer chronic nose stuffiness have sinus surgery to remove some tissue and widen the passages permanently.I also just had this surgery about a month ago but it was a combined septoplasty and turbinectomy.

On the lining of your sinus cavities are these finger-like projections called turbinates that are what swell up and make breathing through one or both nostrils difficult.

I had a pretty bad deviated septum and I found out about a year ago that I’m allergic to basically everything they test for. So my turbinates were constantly swollen and it was always difficult to breathe through my nose. I probably had at least 4 sinus infections every year for five years before this surgery. Because I was getting the septoplasty surgery to fix the deviated septum, I was under anesthesia for the procedure. My gf said it lasted about an hour and then another hour for the anesthesia to wear off. I was in some pain for a couple of days but it wasn’t unbearable, felt more like a bruised kind of pain, and I was prescribed some painkillers as well.

I had plastic tubes in my nose that were connected with stitches for a week after the surgery and I was told not to blow my nose at all. The tubes were annoying af and made it hard to taste anything (due to lack of smell) and hard to breathe through my nose.

But a week later I went back in and the doc snipped the stitches and pulled the tubes out. Holy shit that was the best feeling ever getting those things out. Then he asked me to breathe in and it was like taking my first breath again. The difference in breathing ability still amazes me. I’m not fighting a constant battle with my nose or having to blow my nose 50 times a day. And I haven’t had any signs of a sinus infection yet which I am so thankful for.

I highly recommend this procedure to anyone suffering with sinus issues.


The directly from the surface of your nose, called a mucous membrane because it produces mucus to protect itself and as lubrication. This mucus is a combination of long, stringy proteins and water, which allows it to stick to most surfaces.

We produce a ton of it while we have upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold because our immune systems are trying to isolate the virus causing the infection and prevent more from getting in. This measure isn’t actually that effective, as it only slows down viruses and bacteria can swim right through it, but we do it anyway. Allergies do the same thing because they are an attempt by the immune system to attack something that isn’t actually a disease, like pollen. We are less clear on why allergies happen, but some hypothesize that they occur due to infants and children living in environments that are far too clean. Their immune systems don’t have anything to fight, so they start fighting random things instead.


One fact I from my doctor was that it is possible to lose the ability to generate mucous in your nose. I took a solid hit in karate and had a massive nose bleed. The inside of my nose was completely caked with blood.

He advised me to soften the blood with saline and keep the whole thing moist or I’ll risk drying out the whole membrane and it won’t recover. After that I would have had to manually keep my nasal passages moist with sprays and he said it was pain and would make me much more susceptible to virus and bacterial infection.


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