You don’t say? Why does your nose run in cold weather?

Having the sniffles in winter does not automatically mean you’re sick. It’s often a sign your nose is doing its job. The nose heats up and moisturizes air before it enters the lungs. Bones in the nose are covered with blood-filled membranes. These membranes sit behind the nasal cavities, and the blood flow keeps the space warm.

When you breathe cold air, the nose membranes secrete water and mucus. It’s like a mini steam bath with moisture dripping down the walls. The colder and dryer the air, the more water and mucus is produced, which leads to more sniffles and extra tissues.

This is also why a warm shower or bath helps clear your sinuses and dry up a runny nose. It allows the membranes to stop secreting mucus because you’re already inhaling moist, warm air.

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Your nose runs for an entirely different reason when you catch a cold. Your body produces that all that extra mucus to help remove cold-causing germs every time you blow your nose. Mucus may change color as a cold progresses — the white blood cells that fight an infection can make it cloudy, yellow, or green.

Regardless of the color, colds are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won’t help. Instead, take an over-the-counter medication that treats your symptoms, such as a pain reliever or decongestant. (Read the labels to ensure the ingredients are safe for you, or check with your doctor.) And help your nose drain by taking regular steamy baths or showers.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8

Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised. Song of Solomon 8:6-7

There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. Proverbs 30:18-19

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Ecclesiastes 4:9

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. Song of Solomon 2:16

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Solomon 8:7

I have found the one whom my soul loves. Song of Solomon 3:4

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12

God has poured out his love into our hearts. Romans 5:5

Love yesterday, today and forever. Jeremiah 31:3

So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. Matthew 19:6

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