Originally Posted by scm1001
sorry, I have probably got too much time on my hands sitting at home feeling miserable, but I have been producing lots of impressive thick yellow gunk, but out of one nostril only. Is this because
(i) only one lung is infected so it stays on the same side?
(ii) when it gets up the throat it decides to slide in one side only (deviated septum? )
(iii) most of it is produced in the sinuses
I suspect not (iii) as I have been coughing up lots too. While (i) seems unlikely, I distinctly remember in the past being gunked up only on one side, then a day or two later being gunked up only on the other.
If your gunk is thick and yellow, you probably have a sinus infection. Does it smell and taste bad, too? You might want to see your doctor and get some antibiotics. With a viral cold, snot is typically very plentiful, but clear and watery.
But yeah, I've noticed that too, when i have a cold - only one side tends to get completely plugged up. Granted, that's better than both
sides at once, but it is extremely annoying. With a lot of head-tilting and smacking, I can get it to ooze to the other side of the sinus. When I feel it getting there, I blow my nose like crazy. I can breathe more clearly for a couple minutes, but it always comes back. Give this method a try. It's better if you can keep it moving, to get it out more quickly.