Distinguishing normal snot and infected snot can be seen from its symptoms. Snot coming out of the nose not only appeared when people cold. But several other conditions such as allergies or trauma also triggers the release of snot. Mucus is generally produced by cells lining the sinus tract. This fluid serves to keep the nasal membranes (nose) remain moist, as well as useful for fighting infections and irritation.
Snot who appears not only caused by infection. Several other conditions also can trigger allergies such as runny nose, trauma (impact), irritation or exposure to air pollution, use of drugs that is sprayed into the nose or a problem with the anatomy of the nose. Here’s the difference:
1. If the snot that arise due to allergies, trauma (impact), irritation or exposure to air pollution, use of an inhaler or nasal anatomy problem, it does not contain infectious bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms.
2. Snot that appear colorless or clear snot is not the type of infection.
3. If the mucus in the nose is yellow, green or brown, it could be a sign of infection in the upper respiratory tract.
4. Debit or volume of snot that comes out could be a sign of sinus infection caused by bacteria. If the numbers are many and often it sign no infection.
5. Mucus containing bacteria is usually accompanied by headache, pain in the face, especially when you’re bent over, fever, bad breath, can not smell the odors, ear problems or persistent cough.
In bacterial infections generally last more than 7 days and mucus actually deteriorated over time. If caused by bacteria, then needed the help of antibiotics to cure but not for viral infections.