The Nasal Battle

nasalbattle3This tissue you see to the below is called the Middle Turbinate. One of these structures sits in the middle of each nasal passage. The air we breathe flows on either side of this tissue. In the lining of this tissue, at a microscopic level, a battle is underway.

middle turbinate

Middle Turbinate

Hundreds of energy consuming reactions are occurring, as our body’s immune system tries to protect us from the external exposures we encounter through breathing. In some people, due to factors such as allergy or daily air quality, these reactions lead to illness

nose hair The image on the right is a microscopic picture of a nose hair with pollen (yellow) and debris (purple) we breathe in from the air.