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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 3 years ago

How does mucus (cold) go away by itself?

Without antibiotics..

Without blowing your nose/clearing throat from phlegm.

How did all the mucus/cold just disappear without me "getting rid" of it? Just mysteriously disappear?

1 Answer

  • Sky
    Lv 7
    3 years ago
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    As your body (specifically, your antibodies) learns how to fight the current strain of the cold virus and builds immunity to it, the amount of viral infection goes down and eventually reaches the point your body no longer produces mucous and other inflammatory reactions. Whatever you don't blow/hack/spit out you end up swallowing without even really noticing, and also the mucous membranes in your sinuses and lungs will likely reabsorb the excess moisture. BTW, since colds are always caused by viruses, antibiotics don't work on them. All antibiotics will do is help treat or prevent other microorganisms infecting you during that time of compromised immunity.

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