NOSE & THROAT

The nose serves dual functions as the organ for the sense of smell and as an entry to the respiratory tract. The throat is a passageway connecting the back of the mouth and nose to the esophagus and to the windpipe. Discover conditions associated with the nose and throat.
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What is mucus made of?

It's hard to imagine being thankful for mucus when you've got a nose full of it, but if it all went away you'd really be in trouble.

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  • Boogie Down With the Ultimate Booger Quiz

    Boogie Down With the Ultimate Booger Quiz

    Whether you prefer your terminology scientific or silly, nasal discharge is an icky fact of life. Think you know everything there is to know about boogers? Test your mucus mettle with this fun quiz. See more »

  • Can holding in a sneeze kill you?

    Can holding in a sneeze kill you?

    In some settings, you just can't heave a giant sneeze. If you hold back during a meeting or date, you're exhibiting decorum. Could you also be making a death wish? See more »

  • Can pressing your upper lip stifle a sneeze?

    Can pressing your upper lip stifle a sneeze?

    The urge to sneeze can come upon you at the worst times — say during a funeral — but luckily there are ways to suppress it. See more »

  • How do boogers form in your nose?

    How do boogers form in your nose?

    Boogers are more than an annoyance. Your body makes them for a very specific purpose — and it's not to gross out other people. See more »

  • Is it dangerous to stifle a sneeze?

    Is it dangerous to stifle a sneeze?

    Sneezing at the wrong moment can be downright dangerous — they've even been blamed for car accidents. But could stifling a sneeze be just as bad? See more »

  • Is there a health benefit to picking your nose?

    Is there a health benefit to picking your nose?

    They say there are two types of people who pick their nose – those who do and those who lie about doing it. Would you be more prone to admit it if you found out it might be good for you? Let's see if it is. See more »

  • What happens if you eat boogers?

    What happens if you eat boogers?

    Picking your nose isn't something we do in public. And chowing down on what we find in there isn't just frowned upon -- it's pretty gross. But what happens if you do eat your own boogers? Is it dangerous? Or can it actually be good for you? See more »

  • What happens when you blow your nose?

    What happens when you blow your nose?

    When you have a cold or allergies, your life revolves around tissues. Your nose feels like a nonstop spigot of mucus (not your best look, by the way). Why do you constantly have to blow your nose -- and what's going on in your schnozz when you do? See more »

  • What is mucus made of?

    What is mucus made of?

    It's hard to imagine being thankful for mucus when you've got a nose full of it, but if it all went away you'd really be in trouble. See more »

  • Why are boogers sticky?

    Why are boogers sticky?

    You may never have thought about it (unless your child asks), but boogers are sticky for a perfectly logical scientific reason. See more »

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