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Mucus is gross. But here are 9 things you should know about it.

Mucus is not widely considered a topic for polite conversation. It's something to be discreetly blown into a tissue, folded up, and thrown away.

But the simple truth is that without mucus, you wouldn't be alive.

"Mucus is essential for the protection of your body," says Jeffrey Spiegel, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at Boston University. "It's a protective barrier and it allows you to breathe comfortably. If you had no mucus, you'd be quite sorry you didn't."

Given how important mucus is — and how often colds and allergies cause mucus-related symptoms — it's worth learning a bit more about it.

1) You produce…

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