Sinus Infection Mucus
The type of mucus produced when you are suffering from sinus infection can indicate which
sinus infection treatment option works best.
Mucus is produced daily by the body for various reasons. It is meant to keep mucosal membranes
moist and lubricated so that they remain healthy. Mucus aids in lung protection by trapping foreign matters such as
dust and other allergens that enter the nose during normal breathing. Moreover, it helps to prevent the drying out
Increased mucus production is a symptom of many common illnesses, such as the common cold. Nasal
mucus produced by the nasal mucosal lining.
It serves to protect the respiratory tract by trapping foreign objects such as dust and pollen
before they enter the lungs.
The presence of nasal mucus is normal and they are continually produced, but increased
production can affect normal breathing and must be cleared by blowing the nose or through a procedure known as
Healthy mucus is clear and has a slippery feel. On the other hand, unhealthy mucus presents
itself as cloudy, thick, sticky and glue-like, colored and at times stained with blood.
Causes of increased mucus production
Certain foods which we consume can give rise to increased mucus production from our mucosal
membranes. Dairy products derived from cow’s milk are the most mucus-forming of all. Milk, including skim milk,
butter, cheese, cream, etc. belong to this category. Soy beans and soy-derived products are the most mucus-forming
of all plant foods. Eggs are known to have a high mucus-forming index.
2. Inflammation of the mucosal lining
Sinus infection occurs when allergies, irritations to the nose, or a viral infection (like a
common cold) cause the mucosal lining in the nasal cavities to swell and become inflamed. This swelling constricts
the already narrow openings, called Ostia, through which mucus leaves the sinuses.
Ventilation of the sinuses becomes impaired. The inflammation causes the movement of mucus out
of the sinuses by the microscopic hairs, called cilia, to slow and the mucus become stagnant within the sinuses.
These conditions favor the growth of bacteria and an infection sets in.
Once the bacterial infection begins, it causes more inflammation, swelling and increased mucus
production. More swelling impedes the mucus transport out of the sinuses and obstructs ventilation which further
favors more bacterial growth and the vicious cycle continues.
What does sinus infection mucus look like?
1. If there is bacterial infection, the mucus produced would have a yellowish/green color. The
mucus is often thin and not very sticky. Usually, there is no smell. However, if the mucus is foul-smelling, then,
maxillary sinus infection with dental origin is indicated.
2. If there is no bacterial infection, the sinus infection mucus may take the following
a. The mucus is not colored.
b. The mucus can be clear or opaque.
c. The texture of the mucus is almost jelly-like or glue-like. This type of sinus infection
mucus is associated with an allergic reaction of the body to some allergens or to the type of food which we
3. If mucus is stained with blood or if there is nosebleed. Nosebleeds are common to those who
regularly pick their noses or if then have a habit of blowing their noses too hard or too often.
However, if a person does not have such habits, then it would be wise to have the problem
checked by an ENT specialist.
The specialist would likely perform a Nasal Endoscopy, which is a totally painless
procedure, to inspect the nasal cavities for the cause of the nosebleed.
The type of sinus infection mucus which our body produces, thus, has an indication to us the
sinus infection treatment we should adopt in
order to heal ourselves quickly before it turns into a chronic sinus infection.