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This blog is created for people like me who suffer from PATM. What is PATM? Well it stands for People Allergic To Me. Those who suffer from PATM experience the constant annoyance of having people around you cough, or sneeze. Sometimes they react with audible throat clearing *ahem* other times you get louder coughs or sneezing.
There is a lot of information throughout the internet discussing theories and ideas as to what exactly causes this. I will do my best to collect a variety of theories and share experiences to help you come to your own conclusion.
What exactly goes on in the Nose?
The nose is the body’s primary organ of smell and also functions as part of the body’s respiratory system.
Below you will find a 3d model of an upper respiratory infection.
As you can see above, mucus builds up back there in your upper respiratory area. So one would have to ask themselves, where does the mucus come from? What causes our inner nose to secrete it?
Histamine is an organic nitrogenous compound involved in local immune responses, as well as regulating physiological function in the gut and acting as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord, and uterus. Histamine is involved in the inflammatory response and has a central role as a mediator of itching.
So here we have a clue, histamine causes both mucus in the throat/nose and also causes itching. So could our noses possibly be emitting histamine at an increased rate? What causes our brains to send that signal to the nose?