Aside from meaning a lack of cleanliness or serving as a synonym of something that is dirty, mucus can serve as a defense mechanism and as a warning sign for potential respiratory infection.
The Mexican Federation of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, AC explains that mucus helps protect the lungs because it traps foreign particles that enter the nose when we breathe normally through it.
The excessive production of mucus in our airways, however, is considered a symptom of many common conditions such as colds. If you notice a change in color in addition to having an increased amount of mucus, it is best to see a specialist.
The most viable and simple treatments for reducing the production of snot include:
- Decongestants for treating the presence of mucus related to colds or allergies
Anti-inflammatory medications can be used to treat excess amounts of mucus in the bronchus, which is what happens with asthma or bronchitis