Epoch Times Staff
It’s the flu season now in Singapore. Everyone is coughing and sneezing, but did you know that the colour of your mucus can tell you a lot about your health? Perhaps you’ve never thought too much about it, but now you can learn more about what the different types of mucus may mean, depending on the colour and viscosity.
Here are 9 different types of mucus that can tell you more about your health:
# 1. Watery and clear mucus
This is the most common type of mucus, and it is no big deal. This just means that your body is producing mucus to fight germs and wash them out. It is a sign of a benign infection, but it has a potential to get worse in 2-3 days if the germs are not cleared out.
# 2. Clear and thick
If your mucus is thicker and your nose is itchy, it can be a sign of allergy. Seek a doctor’s advice if it does not clear in a few days.
# 3. White and thick
White mucus indicates a bacterial infection, also commonly known as the flu. The mucus thickens up due to the infection.
To ease the mucus, try drinking hot drinks, like tea or lemon water. This will cause the mucus to loosen up and make it easier to blow out.
You can try inhaling steam to loosen the mucus, so that it is easier to blow out and it does not cause as much strain. Heat up some water and transfer it to a large bowl, and you can add in soothing herbs like lavender or chamomile if you want. Lean into the bowl and inhale the vapours to soothe your nose.
# 4. Yellow or green
If your mucus is yellow or green, you need to drink more water and get rest. This is a sign of the flu as well, but the colour is due to your body sending white blood cells to fend off the infection. This produces a green enzyme that makes your mucus yellow or green.
You can try adding a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of hot water to drink up to 3 times daily. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down mucus and relieves flu symptoms. The potassium in it helps to get rid of runny noses.
However, in severe cases, it could be a sign of pneumonia. Hence, if you see the condition persisting, see a doctor to find out the underlying cause.
# 5. Pink or red
This indicates that you’ve been blowing your nose too hard, and the tiny blood vessels in your nose have been ruptured. If you see a very red tinge, it could be a sign of respiratory tract infection or lung problems, and you should see your doctor immediately.
# 6. Brown
This occurs when there is old blood in your mucus, and typically occurs after you have pink or reddish mucus. It is also possible that you have inhaled or swallowed dust.
# 7. Almost black
Some cigarette smokers or people working in dusty and polluted conditions may experience this. Otherwise, it could be a sign of specific types of chronic sinusitis and pneumonia, and you should see a doctor.