Where do boogers come from?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by rdowns, Mar 13, 2006.

  1. rdowns Suspended

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    My 4 year old nephew just asked me this. No idea how to answer him.
     
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    ummm...bodies reaction/natural defense against foreign particles entering the body - by secreting mucus which traps said particles and hardens upon continued contact with air?

    This answer is neither particularily scientific or suited to a 4 year old, so I bow my head in shame and retreat...fwiw
     
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    Then how come your boogers get watery and runny when you're sick?

    I have to admit; when I was a kid, I picked my nose like all the time... :rolleyes:
     
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    Designed to trap particles and germs from entering when you breathe. I believe this is why you get congested when you are sick. It's the body's own natural defense against germs, just as a fever tries to slow down the spread of a virus (by making it too warm for the cells to reproduce).

    EDIT: Whoa, didn't even read realityisterror's post before writing this, must be on the same brain frequency!
     
  7. EGT macrumors 68000

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    It's the bodies' reaction to an illness. More mucus is produced to get rid of the increased number of foreign bodies, bacteria, viruses or whatever. Drink lots of fluids when you've got the flu. Non-alcoholic of course. Unless you're really sick, in which case, knock yourself out with the numbing affects of booze.

    Don't tell this to the kids though.
     
  8. clayj macrumors 604

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    That was my first thought, as well... :p
     
  9. zach macrumors 65816

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    where's the Doctor Q lifecycle of a booger post?
     

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