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Why Is Only Half of My Nose Working?

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Ever notice how one side of your nose always seems to be more stuffed than the other? What’s up with that? Quick Questions knows! Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Christopher Prevoe, Justin Ove, John Szymakowski, Peso255, Ruben Galvao, Fatima Iqbal, Justin Lentz, and David Campos. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources:http://mentalfloss.com/article/30363/why-does-your-nose-get-stuffy-one-nostril-time http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2000/11/01/198395.htm?site=science/greatmomentsinscience http://news.stanford.edu/news/1999/november10/smell-1110.html http://www.emptynosesyndrome.org/turbinate-tutorial/role-of-turbinates-humidification/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23576311
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RAF (1 day ago)
My right is clogged and my left is okay
EL CHAPO JR (1 day ago)
anyone with a clogged nose i recommend to buy sinus rinse it will not cure it but it will open up your nose passages and its all natural its just water and salt
Well if you REALLY want 6000 comments, my right is open, left is closed XD
King A.D (3 days ago)
I'm breathing through my Butthole now
Abraham Velasco (3 days ago)
ma shi switched as soon as I clicked on this video lmfao
Nalanie La (6 days ago)
It’s my left one
Eldridge Coutinho (6 days ago)
So this is completely normal? THANKS!
linrkirk (7 days ago)
Nathan Murphy (8 days ago)
I don’t care about smell anymore, make it stop. It annoys me so much.
Reece Taylor (8 days ago)
My left is blocked and it’s annoying
Simply Tina (9 days ago)
A stuffy nose is the worst next to a toothache and a sore throat.....it makes me so miserable 😩 😷
[blackbones] Dalek (9 days ago)
Left nostril: can breath fine Right nostril: can’t breath at all but no mucus or Snot. Heeeelp
Dark Destroyer1 (10 days ago)
In the middle of watching this video the stuffines went from my right nostril to my left. Lol.
Draven Mincer (10 days ago)
I had it for probly 3 years ago and not sick
That's been going on my whole life.
LPS Angel collie (13 days ago)
The Ohio Norsemen (13 days ago)
My right is closed
Colorado syrup (13 days ago)
TBH it’s usually my right nostril and when it happens I usually try to hold my breath and it slowly goes away or I try to do a lot of movement as well
Tat (13 days ago)
The title of this video made me chuckle!
KA MM (14 days ago)
Now I have a big stuffed nose
Bryan Cortez (15 days ago)
I can’t breath out of the same one the dude had at the end of the vid I hate being sick
I always thought it was just your brain being stupid and not letting you breath or it was boggers.
Carmela Rose Dee (16 days ago)
Wow so complicated
KevinField (17 days ago)
I learnt something today
mᑕђเк Płæÿž (17 days ago)
I’ve had my for 2 years -_- and still have it and I have to get a surgery
I've got a cold right now, currently the left nostril is very stuffed up while the right one is breathing easy.
Buggle Magnum (18 days ago)
Ok my nose is doing this rn
Peppermint (19 days ago)
The nasal cycle is normal, but it should never cause one side to be stuffed all the time. If that's the situation, then you have displaced nose bones from an old broken nose episode (could well have happen as a toddler) causing one nostril to be smaller than the other one. Just be aware of some very risky turbinate reduction techniques (google up). The best is to perform a rhinoplasty and correct the bones.
Kendal Blair (19 days ago)
So this is normal
1L8 5N (19 days ago)
left one
General Gaming WR (19 days ago)
I tought that is because my nose was broken twice lol
Hipster Potato (20 days ago)
How come my nose is terrible at smelling How come my ears are so weak. You know it's bad when u just smile and not after 2 times of saying "wait whay?".
Gastón Grosso (21 days ago)
Wow. Who would say that a three-minutes video about noses could be solve like half of al the questions I had about my health
IRYRA SMO (21 days ago)
wep, on the left
Zeus Acosta (21 days ago)
Thank God im not the only one
Johnathon Allen (22 days ago)
Then why do I experience this when I'm exposed to wet cold environments. my nose gets so plugged no air gets through and when I swallow the pressure builds up in my throat causing a knot.
Lmao I though that I was abnormal because of this. My one hole was not working sometimes. And one is also working if the one is not.thank God I watch this Video. I'm normal person nothing to be worried
Miguel Barrera (24 days ago)
my right one
Roblox Hacker (24 days ago)
no wonder
Diplume (24 days ago)
If i try to breathe through the stuffed one only I cant breathe and I can suffocate right?
Ts7 Shadow (24 days ago)
Right nostrils open
oof pixel car racer (25 days ago)
ITS MY RIGHT sorry caps
Happy Person (25 days ago)
wow I recently visited a doctor with this issue, I thought it was abnormal. She did not mention anything about the nasal cycle.
Sin Alan (26 days ago)
My nose is block now
Owais Raza (27 days ago)
Brody Pierre (28 days ago)
I’m not sick but I tried plugging one side of my nose and just breathing. I can’t breath at all when I plugged my right nostril, I’ll literally die. But when I plugged my left nostril everything was fine and it felt like I didn’t even need two nostrils...
Johnny Manila (30 days ago)
black people don't have this problem because they have big nostrills
WaffleXer ' (1 month ago)
Right now, my nosed is stuffed on the left.
K E L .L O (1 month ago)
What? This is natural? Huh. I alway thought it was bcuz i sniff to much❄ during the 90's
MicJagger (1 month ago)
All the people in the comments talk about how this is annoying when they are sick, I have this every day, sick or not. Fun.
Paul Joseph Saumier (1 month ago)
kay: wow, i feel stupid now. taking nasal steroid spray to open up both all the time cause i feel like i cant breathe and saw one nostral closed all the time. docter says to take the steroids. and then i find out here that its normal. wow. even doctors down here need to go back to school, they give out meds like candy before they find out whats wrong. sad world.
Heckle (1 month ago)
not how it works with me. my whole life ive NEVER breathed through both of my nostrils. and usually i can barely breath through my one nostril that does work
Sean Kyle (1 month ago)
Im 11 years old and cant breath out of right nostril what shoudl i do
Frenzyy (1 month ago)
I sleep on one side, that side gets clogged, I roll over and the feeling of it unclogging is heaven
Hani Shas (1 month ago)
You are felicity smoak as a guy
Simone Owens (1 month ago)
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Lemon Waffle :3 (1 month ago)
I have this for over a year!
Robbie Thomas (1 month ago)
have always wondered about this, was even considering going to the doctor about it, thanks for saving me a trip!
Kilixilite. 62 (1 month ago)
I have this so i search it up thnx
Cinder Cinnamon (1 month ago)
Mouth breathers
Muneeb Zubair (1 month ago)
MyNostrils { right : "open", left : "closed" }
Nick (1 month ago)
My nostrils are like that 24/7 and it’s been like that for years
Corades (1 month ago)
my left side is the only side that keeps on getting blocked and when my nose bleed its always my left side
Smudgy (1 month ago)
Can you explain why both sides work all the time?
Pearson Nash (1 month ago)
I was able to breathe through both when you asked lol.
Michael De La Rosa (1 month ago)
My nostrils are never open at night It’s like I’m sick y’all should be so grateful, like this is just as bad as a terminal illness becuase it never leaves and it effects how you speak and how you do everything
Jayden Singh (1 month ago)
some dude sucker punched my nose and broke it, and ever since then I'm having problems breathing through my left nostril permanently, HELP ME SCISHOW!
Daniel Garcia (1 month ago)
I the cold and my left nose is working
Kal El (1 month ago)
Ive always had difficulty snorting cocaine out of my right nostril.
Juz rhyme (1 month ago)
Ok thanks for this video, I thought this was a serious problem i would need like a Surgery to open one up haha
swaggastronomer (1 month ago)
Fiercely Humble (1 month ago)
''Besides making you super cute!'' (with that Mr. Bean antics)...😂 Hahaha, gotta love Hank! Did you know? Hank, you're my favorite SciShow presenter... Did you know that?... Well now you know... Cause... The more you know!!!
Jack Avanzo (1 month ago)
Man I love you after this vid I was so confused for like 14 years
Avnish Kumar (1 month ago)
It's my right nose blocked right now and left opened
CEREALKILLA (1 month ago)
I’ve had one open nostril for two years now help
Joshua Pile (1 month ago)
I know this is really late but why is it when I hold my nose and try to blow air through it at the same time does it clear up both nostrils for 1-2 seconds before clogging up again? Seriously try it!
Tanner Fox (1 month ago)
Mine is the right but it does switch constenly
jonny dazzels (1 month ago)
so its not for sniffing different types of petrol.
Doudou Lilia (1 month ago)
Arabic subs 😍😍
Xeltek (1 month ago)
Changing respiration mode to manual
The Airam (1 month ago)
This video barely helped.
Footage Enter (1 month ago)
KoleGaming (1 month ago)
Is that why I can’t smell things sometimes
Anonymous Anime-fan (1 month ago)
My right one. This is really annoying though, I sleep on my side and don't always want to sleep on the side my nose wants to use at that time, if I try and sleep that way anyway I can't breath 😕
Arduex2020 (1 month ago)
Not You (1 month ago)
Both my nostrils are blocked
Zach Gibson (1 month ago)
Maybe it was all that cocaine...
alex jackson (1 month ago)
I have a severely deviated septum so it's either the right side that's open or neither of them are.
Nigito 1 (1 month ago)
Mine is switching left and right every hour like you said or if I m lying down on the side thx for the info
monstersince (1 month ago)
you swap sensing nostrils. more Q I https://youtu.be/E1jvRJV91co
Bob the truck driver (1 month ago)
left one is open
Anomaly88man (1 month ago)
My nasal switching happens to me at night, and switches nostrils when I lay on the side of my bed.
I'm Your Father (1 month ago)
I don’t give af I need to get rid of this
Saif PS (1 month ago)
My left not working at all😂
M H S (1 month ago)
Im always like that
Kevin Nguyen (1 month ago)
Thank you! I was breathing from one nostril and was wondering how?
Crack Acola (1 month ago)
This only happens to me when I lay down CONSTANTLY
Eric Munkhtur (1 month ago)
idgaf about smell, I cant sleep and i just wanna breath through *both* of my nostrils
CLT SOLO (1 month ago)
Why doesn't my left open anymore😑
M3S (1 month ago)
Only during colds? Uhh... I have lived like this since I was a kid. I have lived most of my entire waking life sniffling.

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