Many pregnant women experience swelling. While they might notice that their trunk, limbs, and face swell, they might not realize that when their outside swells their inside swells as well. This includes the inside of
their nose and sinus membranes. Approximately 30 percent of pregnant women report
experiencing nasal congestion, usually during the end of the first trimester.
Increases in estrogen levels during the monthly menstrual cycle can also induce nasal swelling and enhance mucus production. Conversely, when women enter menopause they tend to experience a drop in their estrogen levels, and the amount and quality of their mucus changes. As a result, these women also complain about more nasal congestion.
When you are intensely exercising or experiencing anxiety, your body sets off an instinctual “flight or fright response.” When this occurs, adrenaline is released, which causes your nasal and sinus membranes to shrink. This allows you to breathe easier, so that more air can get into your lungs, and your body will have the additional oxygen it requires.
Now that you understand how your entire body is connected to your nose, you can imagine what a healthy respiratory system feels like. When everything is working properly, you shoul
The brain relies on the sinuses in various ways as well. Aside from providing clean, oxygen-rich air to the brain via the bloodstream, the sinuses aid the brain in several autonomi
Many pregnant women experience swelling. While they might notice that their trunk, limbs, and face swell, they might not realize that when their outside swells their inside swells
The nose is the upper most structure of the respiratory system and can be thought of as the portal to the lungs. Air can enter the body only through the nose or the mouth. In a hea
Beyond mere breathing and mucus production, the nose is integrally connected to the functioning of the rest of the body. One important factor is our sense of smell. The cribriform
After passing through the nasopharynx, mucus is swallowed, dropping into the throat (pharynx) and behind the voice box through the esophagus and finally into the stomach (1). The a