Just Where Does All That Glop Come From?--Talking About Boggers With a Cold

@pyewacket (43945)
United States
January 16, 2008 9:09pm CST
This should be right up a lot of MyLotters alley here since in the past few weeks so many of us have had some "bug" in them...either a cold, flu, whatever. Well, despite all my fairly healthy eating, all those vitamins I take, yes, I've succumbed to having a nasty cold. Yesterday I woke up with the sore throat from hell, felt feverish, and just wanted to crawl back into bed again and forget the day, but didn't...being the restless person I am. I just don't feel comfortable taking it easy and sometimes feel better keeping myself as active as possible. Well today I naturally didn't feel any better but wanted to get out of the house to get some cough syrup, and cough drops, and picked up some good old fashioned Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup...yes, I do make homemade soups, but there's just something about Campbell's I like better..maybe all that salt..hehe?? Well I'm sitting her sneezing like crazy, my mind is brain-drained and foggy and can't concentrate well...ah, but my question is...just where does all that glob come from? I'm talking about all that congestion crap..I'm blowing my nose like crazy and it seems the uh, well, snots never ends. Does anyone have any "philosophical" theories about this..how about that famous bear here..does HE have any deep thoughts about this? Oh..by the way...any good old remedies for colds, flu, whatever????
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@irishmist (3843)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I'm sorry you are not feeling well. It seems everyone has a touch of something this year. I really don't know where all that congestoin comes from, but its sure is nasty. I think you should take a couple of shots of Southern comfort and layer up on the blankets. Go to sleep and sweat it out of you. I have tried this a few times and it has worked for me. Hope you feel better soon, and keep eating the soup. they say it's 3 days to catch it, 3 days to be really sick, and 3 days to start going away.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Are you my great-grandmother incarnated? LOL..she used to say the exact same thing about the 3 days to get it, 3 days sick, and 3 days for it to go away...I never heard ANYONE else say that phrase except her..LOL She was also a great one for that sweat it out thing...uh, unfortunately don't have any Southern Comfort..drat
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• Canada
17 Jan 08
Your great grandmother, and my mother! She used to say the three day thing too. I haven't heard this in years.:) She believed all of these 'old fashioned things,' and I loved to hear her talk this way.
@novataylor (6572)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Well, my grandma (a hillbilly, bless her heart) used to swear by bear grease smeared on a rag and wrapped around the offending throat. Thank gooness, there was no available bear grease! At least, when I was affected. My best remedy is for a sore throat - gargle with salt and warm water, but you shouldn't be able to taste the salt. If you can taste the salt, it'll probably irritate your throat, as opposed to soothing it. As for the nose, I usually try to blow the crap out, and out and out. Takes forever! If all else fails, get a Z-pac from your Doc. I had to get one - I got the flu for Christmas, and a sinus infection as a follow-up. Sucks and blows, yes? Still using my Puffs Plus. Where will it end, yes, where will it end?
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Mmm..that bear grease thing almost sounds like a Native American type cure as well. Uh, the likelihood of getting bear grease around here is a bit nil though..Too bad when we blow our noses instead of snots money doesn't pour out instead...hehee
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• United States
17 Jan 08
ackshully, Pye, it does come from somewhere in the native american culture. As it happens, so do some of my family. But I still don't want to rub it on my chest.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Mmmm...another Native! I'm part Native American as well...I always heard many Natives used to use bear grease all the time rubbed all over themselves to distract bugs, especially mesquitoes..Couldn't have smelled too great..lol
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@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I honestly have no idea where that junk comes from but I've had it since Christmas Day - cough, fever, and have gone through 3 boxes of kleenx and 2 rolls of toilet paper just blowing my nose. Have also gone through gallons of Campbells Chicken Noodle soup but it's still with me :( I'm sick of being sick! So remedies???? I gave up 'drinking' 5 years ago but I'm about to go off the wagon - Hot Damn (cinnamon snops) used to be my favorite cure. Drink a pint, go to bed, sweat like crazy, and cold gone the next day. I'm about to go to the second option which works the same but not near as great smelling - Garlic, lots and lots of garlic. I get the tablets and just pop them like candy whenever I think about it. Problem is you certainly do not want to do this if you are going to leave the house or be around anyone because you can guess it - your sweat smells very strong of garlic.
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I had to laugh at the comment you made under pola that your cat and dog have decided to sleep elsewhere.. TRAITORS!! Have they no loyalty to their sick mom? LOL Mmmm..that Hot Damn sounds yummy..hehee Yes, I've started taking some of those garlic pills and yes they are stong..just took one before, and added a lot of garlic in the dinner I had tonight
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
PS--Hope you get better soon too!!
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@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
17 Jan 08
LOL - one night I got so mad at them that I stayed up half the night just following them around the house figured if I couldn't sleep neither could they :) Oh dear hot damn on top of garlic - just wait until you burp :(
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@polachicago (19145)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Stay in your bed. Drink a lot of tea. Take hot bath. Drink bed time tea with chamomile (if you have it)... Relax, listen to good music... I would recommend sounds of nature... Watch comedies.... Pet your cats. Love is the most important medicine and pets are one of nature's best sources of affection. Pets relax and calm. Get well soon..:) Warm HUGS!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Honestly I'm the world's worse patient though. I hate staying in bed...think it's a holdover from when I was a kid and I was literally always croaking with something and was confined to bed so hate and feel guilty if I stay in bed ..I do drink a lot of liquids, but not tea except before I go to bed..always have my mint tea with lemon an honey...but not a bad idea to drink more tea during the daytime too..mmm...think I will pet my kitties more though..
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@polachicago (19145)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I am sure they will enjoy your pet's therapy.... Doesn't it feel good to pet soft fur?
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@byfaithonly (10717)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I would do the 'pet thing' but both my cat and dog have gotten annoyed with my coughing, sneezing, and blowing my nose and both have gone to sleeping else where in the house.
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@GardenGerty (71515)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jan 08
I like to use the store brand of mucinex. It makes me feel better. Home remedies: either eat horseradish, or if you do not like to eat it, breathe the fumes off of it. That is according to Prevention Magazine. I think all that glop is kind of like what the oyster does to make a pearl. Your sinuses are irritated, and your body forms the extra glop to wrap around the irritation. Philosophical enough? Maybe you should stir some horseradish into your soup?
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
No--at the moment don't have any horseradish...I remember my great-grandmother saying something about it...and boy, yes that sure does clear the sinuses LOL--yes, your explanation does sound philosophical..too bad though that when we have an irritation like that, that we don't develop pearls instead of just glop...hehe
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@GardenGerty (71515)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Jan 08
We could only wish. Maybe we could grow horseradish, both of us. Next spring. I planted rhubarb this year, and I hope it survives. I have made a puree of it, and make it into yogurt smoothies, hoping it is full of vitamin C.
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@BarBaraPrz (14247)
• Hamilton, Ontario
17 Jan 08
It's your brains melting... You can do nothing and the cold will subside in 7 to 10 days, or you could take something (anything) for it and it'll clear up in only a week, week and a half tops!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Brains? Uh, what brains?? Yes, that does seem the way of it...no matter what one does it does seems to take at least a week to get it out of the system
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17 Jan 08
My grandmother used to boil hot water, then add some fresh lemon and smell it before drinking it. I never tried it but she swore by it. I've luckily been feeling fine recently, near christmas and new year I kept getting bad pains in my stomach. Thankfully, that's passed and although I was being told "Visit the doctor" I'm glad I didn't waste their time. ~Joey
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I'm not much of a doctor goer myself..have to be practically dying before I go..LOL...I'll have to stock up on some lemons to try that remedy..bit out of them now as I've been adding lemon to my mint tea I drink
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18 Jan 08
I'd rather be dying then go visit them. That's how much I hate to go... lol =)
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
My great-grandmother was a nurse and she was into all the old time cures...unfortunately neither my grandmother (her daughter) or my mother paid attention to the cures...so in other words many of the old time remedies weren't handed down--anyway, my great-grandmother thought all docs were idiots, she never took anything stronger than aspirin (well some shots of whiskey..hehee) and lived to be 98
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@anniepa (23665)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Leave it to you, Pye, to ask this question! I wish I knew the answer...lol. I know I've often said when I've had a bad cold that I should have lost half of my body weight because it sure would seem like I blew that much out of my nose. Although sometimes it's even more irritating when I blow my nose and there's nothing to come out but it's still all stuffed. All stuff up and not even any buggers to show for it! As for remedies, try some Echinacea. My husband keeps telling me he saw it on TV that it doesn't really work it's all in your head; HELLO - and my cold is WHERE?? But, honestly, there have been many times when I've had that feeling you get when you're coming down with a cold; I have allergies and I think a deviated septum so I'm stuffed up much of the time but I can really tell the difference when it's a cold and those times I take an Echinacea and by the next morning if I take it before bedtime it's gone. If it's just all in my head that it works, so be it, but it does work for me and it's a lot cheaper than most cold medications. I hope you feel better soon - in less than 7 to 10 days! Annie
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Well I did have to stray away from those "deep" discussions that I've done lately... Ah---wouldn't that be the diet remedy of the century???..."lose weight by blowing your nose"...hehee I take one of the Echinacea pills everyday out of habit, but maybe should take more???
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• United States
17 Jan 08
hey, what? Lose weight by blowing your nose? I should be so lucky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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@worldwise1 (14893)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Since I've been afflicted with a similar situation for the past week, pyewacket, I had to ask myself that very same question. There were a couple of days recently that I was sure I had caught one of those "killer" colds they were talking about in the news not long ago. For 2 whole nights I was constantly blowing my nose-which hardly allowed for any sleep. By the time I made it to the doctor on Tuesday I felt as if my head was in a vice and there was someone gradually tightening it until I feared my brains would erupt at any moment, lol. Thankfully, I'm now back to about 50%(no thanks to the new doctor). I've come to the conclusion that this gunk just builds up inside you-like in a car engine-and when you are feeling a little vulnerable it jumps out at you. Who knows?
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
I take it the doctor wasn't a big help....LOL What's kind of scary in my area is that not far from me is the hospital and it has one of the largest flock of patients with TB..gee, nice...and doesn't help when you walk by people and they are wearing those masks..so yes, one can kind of imagine all kinds of dire diseases especially that killer cold...yeesh
@someonesmom (5768)
• Canada
17 Jan 08
Hi pyewacket, I'm so very sorry to hear that you're feeling so miserable. This on top of your feet, and ankle problem ... just isn't right. I know you've mentioned that you hate to lie down, take it easy, etc., but this is a time when you should be able to do this, and without guilt. Remember those old commercials from years ago? They were for 'Aspirin.' The slogan I believe was, "Rest in bed, drink plenty of fluids, and take Aspirin." Nowadays, people just seem to keep going, and if they work outside their home, they continue going into work. I believe this prolongs the whole thing, and is also a major factor, in many others ending up sick, as well. As for old fashioned remedies, my mother swore by 'mustard plasters.' Remember them? Every time we had a cold, we were 'subjected' to them, and they were so yucky smelling, and I can still remember 'the burn.' I think they're mainly for chest colds though. Another thing she'd give us, is, she'd take 'Vick's vapor rub,' and rub it on our chest, or in the case of a head cold, she'd place a small amount beneath each nostril, and it definitely helped with our breathing. Now that'll sure clean out the sinuses! She also made us 'homemade' hot lemonade. No 'Neocitran' for us, and in fact, it didn't exist back then. I hope you're better soon, and as for where all of that 'gunk' comes from, I've always wondered this too. It sure makes for a sore nose, with all of that blowing. I've found sometimes, I can barely stand the touch of a tissue, when I'm like this, as it's too painful. Have you ever had your 'taste buds' go completely because of this? Very unpleasant!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Oh my goodness..the famous mustard plaster...that was yet again another famous remedy my great-grandmother recommended for just about anything...she recommended one part dry mustard, like Colman's, one part flour, add hot water enough to make a paste...and yes, yoww that would BURN!!
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• Canada
17 Jan 08
That's the recipe all right, and boy did it sting, stink, etc. I can't count how many times I endured one of those things, but it was too many for sure.:( My mom really was trying to help, and she always 'made the plaster' for me, however, it was not pleasant.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Just wondering....I mean I'm doing different things to help my foot and ankle pain, but do you think the mustard plaster might help your legs and feet?? Have you tried that sage compress thing I told you about??
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@MsTickle (23990)
• Australia
17 Jan 08
Chicken soup, lemon, garlic and cayenne pepper. "Bernie Rappaport, MD, a California Psychiatrist, told us that his favorite recipe is to 'mix one-eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper, the juice of one lemon, one minced clove of garlic and one gram of vitamin C. Sip slowly'" Further, "The cayenne pepper and the garlic both have germicidal properties, and both make you perspire, which seems to bring relief. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C (moreso than limes)and are also rich in bioflavonoids, substances that seem to make vitamin C work better. If the mixture is too strong for you, feel free to cut it by adding water or an appropriate herbal tea." Quoted from "Natural Healing A Complete A to Z Guide for Australians" by Mark Bricklin. There are also several herbal teas that will bring relief. Feel better.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Holy moly...cayenne pepper? Yes I can see how that could help...most likely blast the congestion away...hehe I'm eating chicken soup so much, that I might turn into a chicken..LOL Have noticed when I eat or drink hot liquids it does seem to loosen up the congestion though Thanks ever for that recipe...I'll try a little bit of it later :)
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
17 Jan 08
PS--Mark Bricklin..his name sounds familiar..does he write for Prevention Magazine???
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• United States
20 Jan 08
I swear all the glob is your brains leaking out of your head through every orif. You body is making so much mucous to help get rid of all the germs that are in your nose and in your body. There is nothing better than good old campbells chicken noodle soup when you are sick. Chicken and stars are good also.
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Believe it or not while I'm sitting here in front of the computer I'm having a cup of the Campbell's Chicken noodle soup..it does seem to help with that pesky congestion for awhile
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
20 Jan 08
Oh...and if that glob is my brains coming out..I'm doomed as I won't have any brains left..LOL
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
17 Jan 08
for flu and colds I do hot toddies WHiskey surgar sqeese on lemon and hot water go to bed and sweatit out. and have always wondered when all that stuff thatcomes out when blowing nose comes from and I stil have no idea lol Still thinking abut it but that dont help either just as long as it comes out and dont go to the lungs!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
I never had hot toddies..being that they have whiskey in it they must be humdinger strong...hehee
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
18 Jan 08
depends how much ya put in I fix maybe on oz. analot of hot water.
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@blackbriar (9095)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Yeah...bee puke is great for sore throats and helps quiet coughs. Let's see....is it feed a cold/starve a fever or starve a cold/feed a fever. Heck, I don't remember but anyways, chicken soup or even just the warm broth helps. I am proud to say I haven't been sick in almost a year now. Amazing considering my daughter usually brings home all the yuckies from school.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I've been eating so much chicken soup I'll turn into a chicken soon....I've been drinking teas too with a lot of lemon...still have that pesky congestion though :(
• United States
21 Jan 08
my brother swears we all have a "snot pocket" somewheres that fills when we are sick LOL. the only thing i've ever found helps me with colds is rest,and lots of blankets.none of the remedies seem to do anything,but sweating it out seems to make it leave faster(as long as you don't jump from hot to cold quickly,that is)..
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Well my "snot" pocket" still seems to be full...LOL
@4mymak (1725)
• Malaysia
18 Jan 08
howdy, hope your are feeling better today. i have always wondered about that, too. surely that's a very good, acceptable, biological, scientific, medical reason or explanation as to where the 'glop' comes from... all of insides working to get the bad germs and bacterias and what-nots out of our system - thru' the glob. i really wonder just how many of these bad germs have infected your body because there is just toooo much glob... you keep blowing it out till 'you think' there is no more.. the passage is all cleared, and... in a few seconds - the nose is clogged up again... i always tell my husband i wish i could 'take the nose off, drain everything - every drop of glob - out.. and put the nose on again'.... and since i work in a 'closed' environment - airconditioned office, with the windows or door hardly open - once one colleague has it... all of us will start to worry, and pray that we wont catch the bug and become the 'next sickling'. oh.. ever heard of "Vicks Vaporub" ? i luv it.. been using since i was little.. the whole family uses it. it doesnt cure the cold or stop the glob... but it really helps clear the passage, helps to breath easier... i do hope you get better... take care!
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Hehe..with me I wish there was a "nose vacuum" you stick it up your nose and just vacuum all that glop out...Yes..I actually do have Vicks..I have to use it sparingly though..it freaks my cats out and they don't like to be near me when I use it..LOL
@Uroborus (911)
• Canada
18 Jan 08
I'm sure the medical profession can say where all that stuff comes from, but I'm more interested in how to get rid of it. In answer to your other question, here is a recipe for something that helps me out when I have a cold. In to a mug put the juice of half a lemon, a teaspoon of fresh chopped ginger, one chopped up garlic clove (a large one), and as much cayenne pepper as you can stand. Now fill the mug with boiling water and let stand for 5 minutes. Sip it slowly and make several during the day.
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@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
You're the second person to mention about cayenne..yow...that CAN be hot...LOL..but your "recipe" does sound good...have to stock up on some lemons and fresh ginger and garlic as well...might get that tomorrow Thanks ever :)
@vanities (11308)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Jan 08
remedies for colds? well just have a good rest and drink plenty of water and no cold drinks..i dont take any medicine when i have colds just eat citrus fruits...and eat some hot chicken soup which you have already done..
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
Yes, I've been eating hot soup all day and drinking more hot tea than I normally do...I plan to have a small bowl of more soup a little before I go to bed..
@pismeof (855)
• United States
17 Jan 08
Howdy Pye, Sorry to hear of the cold and flu symptoms you are experiencing. You asked about the "GLOP"..It's my understanding that this is your bodies reaction to the invasion of the germs.It's your immune system working for you tossing away the cute little bugs running through you bod. The "glop" as in convenient as it is should be a welcome sign that your immune system is doing it's job. And by the way; The Campbell's Select chicken with noodles is the only soup I ever eat!! LOL
@pyewacket (43945)
• United States
18 Jan 08
It's funny, with all the really good homemade soups I make,nothing seems to beat feeling better from a cold than nice really salty Campbell's soup..LOL