Finally, a night with some sleep, albeit uncomfortable one. I’ve been virus stricken, but I’m winning on all fronts at the moment. I’ve started spitting out some jelly like substance. Which made me think. What exactly comprises these snots? I don’t feel like searching journals for analysis, rather, I will postulate and make some educated guesses.
First, the nose is lined with respiratory epithelia, which has mucus glands. These glands produce mucus (no surprises here). Mucus is a web of polysaccharides and water. Naturally, a snot will be mostly made of water. This jelly like substance (mucus) protects our respiratory and olfactory apithelia from damage, keeps it moist, helps it perform their funcions (helping us smell and warm up inhaled air) and entraps tiny particles, thus performing a cleaning function, all in one.
Then, when you have a (virus) infection where cells may be destined for the junk yard, this is likely to end up in this mucus. Along with “detritus” that has accumulated during an infection. Inadvertably, in a virus infection, virus particles end up in here too. I would venture a guess that other particles end up in there too, perhaps some blood cells, leucocytes and other. Hopefully someone more knowledeable on the subject could chip in?
In any case, it sure does feel good to spit out, knowing rejuvenation is just behind the corner. I can then resume my field work. Orchids and butterflies await!
And another thing I was thinking while laying in bed, waiting for my body to wake up as well. Some divers who have been diving sewage exhausts can tell you that they can smell the stench, even though under water. I can think of two possibilities how this happens.
One, the smell molecules defuse through the mask material and seals, causing the awful stench to be recognized.
From my own experience, I can’t always keep my mouth piece water tight, causing some of the water to get into my breather. And since mouth cavity and the nose are connected, the smell could pass into the nose. I will have to visit an exhaust site someday to see if I can smell it with my nose or the smell comes from “the background”.