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Old 12-22-2003, 08:50 AM
ParentalAdvisory ParentalAdvisory is offline
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Stuffy nose: Standing vs. Sitting.

Usually, while sitting, my nose can become quite stuffy when in the midst of a cold. But when I stand up, it magically gets better and is much easier to clear my nose. What's going on here?
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Old 12-24-2003, 12:55 AM
pennystheman pennystheman is offline
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I think it has something to do with the evolutionary process. If you get on your hands and knees or lay facedown, it will clear out your sinus cavity as well.
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Old 12-24-2003, 02:05 AM
johnolsovsky johnolsovsky is offline
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I've experienced this same phenomenon myself and the difference can be quite dramatic and instantaneous. Lying down only exacerbates the congestion. I have to assume it is due to blood pressure -- that while standing, blood pressure in your head decreases to such a level as to alleviate congestion. The congestion then must be caused more by dialated blood vessels in the sinuses than by mucous.
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Old 12-24-2003, 07:51 AM
corvidae corvidae is offline
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I've noticed this, too. Sometimes when I'm really congested, jumping up and down helps. Weird, huh?
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