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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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shyam mohan (1 day ago)
Ja'Veion Gresham (1 day ago)
I’m not sick but one nostril works more than the other been that way all my life
Strange Person (1 day ago)
I recently developed the nasal cycle.
My right nostril never work! Is that ok?
justaperson (3 days ago)
True story guess what commercial I got before this? A freaking sinus medicine commercial lol. It’s not crazy but was funny to me
Silver cherry (4 days ago)
Oh I smelled something
jordy sheady (4 days ago)
Jesus Da lawd (4 days ago)
It also changes when you lie down on a one side and switch
S0dap0pb0ttle (4 days ago)
I'm glad to know that my nose is just helping me out lol
Nooniebighead (4 days ago)
Guys there is a drink I made and it tastes like crap but 10 seconds after my sinuses left
PhilFREE MEDIA (4 days ago)
My right is super stuffed right now! Smh
Tetonattori SC (5 days ago)
Imma go to a doctor... In the future.
Totie Gillego (6 days ago)
before i can sleep both of my nosetril open, and suddenly when i lay down with my right turbinate down it block the right nosetril, the when i turn around my my left turbinate down it block my left nostril and gradually open my right nostril, it is very frustrating every night it cause me anxiety and panic attact, the ent doctors gave me a steroid spray and a saline but not working now they offer a surgery , but i'm worried about surgery that it might end up in Emty Nose Syndrome. Anybody here with the same problem? i watched this video but i don"t know if it is true https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoy3BWDisBM
Martha Herrera (6 days ago)
How long does it last
Smurf (6 days ago)
im not sick I've been like this my hole life when i push my nose to the left i can breath with the right one and vice versa it's like cracking my knuckles i can hear a crack
Epic Charizard (6 days ago)
I do not care if it is useful it is annoying
Tharpa Roberts (7 days ago)
He didn't explain why it switches, though.
the Riddler Reyna (10 days ago)
I hate my stupid noes because once I manage to breathe through my right nostril my left nostril stops taking air in. Then when I can breathe through my left nostril my right nostril stops taking air in. I hate my noes no matter what frikn’ cycle it’s trying to do.😡😡😡
Cool Kid (11 days ago)
Right now my left nostril is open. I'm watching this at night I can't sleep.
Daygo City (12 days ago)
Mines have been happening all my life thoe & i can smell thru my right one right now
Its Lyz (13 days ago)
My right is closed
Connor Lucas (14 days ago)
Alex Celeras (14 days ago)
right open and left closed
TopFurret (16 days ago)
Well this is a thing I learned today
Can Your Frank (16 days ago)
left is closed lol
Jim Cuddy (17 days ago)
my brain says one nostril not functioning = problem
Magnus 88 (17 days ago)
Say can you die from nasal spray? If you use it wrong
dinnaptor dino (18 days ago)
Left open
Isaque Moraes (18 days ago)
My right one
King Ammah (19 days ago)
My phone keeps freezing..
Maddie Lambert (20 days ago)
John Alonso (20 days ago)
It happens 10 months at a time for meh so i only get 2 months free!
ZOMBER_GAMER123 (21 days ago)
I don’t know if it will work for u or not but what i did was lay on left side of bed and covering my nose with other arm and breathing in and out doing it for a few minutes and now my right side is unclogged
DabbingTurtle 12 (23 days ago)
Right now my left nostril is open
Mr. Roshi (24 days ago)
Both sides use to work ...after I broke my nose I only breathe from one side now
Andre Bolin (24 days ago)
Right one
PixelAceSGN (25 days ago)
My right one
Kenneth De Vera (25 days ago)
i have colds for weeks and it wont stop .. its like nasal problem thing .. is it recommended if i use handkerchief to remove that mucus and re use the handkerchief after washing??
Kristy Vang (26 days ago)
I hate how my nose does that!!!! I can only breath one side then it will switch again!! It frustrated me how do I stop this!!!
Nicole Avant (26 days ago)
My nose same side for u and mine same
l Nytro l (26 days ago)
My right nose is stuffed while my left is fine
The Malato (28 days ago)
As soon as the this video 2:38 I was able to breath outta both
Me Myself And I (1 month ago)
But my “TWO” nostrils are blocked all year round. not just one!!! This is torture. Its literally blocked all year round.
Princess IronLove (1 month ago)
Corndog 1738 (1 month ago)
question, why does it do this but it’s all the time. not just when i’m sick. i rarely breath with both
Glam Destruction (1 month ago)
I'd been noticing this phenomenon and wondering about it for months! Yay for answers!
ganesh singh (1 month ago)
If you want to know deeper reasons why these cycles happen, refer to the technology of Swara Yoga. It will BLOW your MIND
K Hamilton (1 month ago)
Right lol
Shadow of the night (1 month ago)
Before it right one but now it my left
Malcolm King (1 month ago)
my right nostril is blocked.
TheUsualSuspect (1 month ago)
It's my right right now
catmanraspen2 (1 month ago)
Currently my right nostril
catherine birch (1 month ago)
Iv`e never noticed a nasal cycle.
Excontinental Mapping (1 month ago)
Right nostril right now, gonna stock up on some nasal spray :(
Zabi Ghouri (1 month ago)
Their is alternate open close in my nose, is this a synus problem??
SUPERME_ NINJA (1 month ago)
My right one thank you GOD its not both plus i have a headache could it be my cats
1dgram (1 month ago)
It switched from right to left while watching the video.
Miss Spaz (1 month ago)
Well, it's just about always my left nostril, though I can barely breathe through it anyway. My nasal airway is practically non-functional due to a broken nose when I was very young. My nose is hella crooked as well. But of course my insurance won't pay to fix it, apparently needing a surgery to be able to breathe normally is an 'elective surgery'.
Thomas Bergersen (1 month ago)
Right nostril right now!
Music 4eva (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot allergies...
Etern4l Saiy4n (1 month ago)
I swear to god that I just noticed it today, and then opened YouTube and found this video on my home page.
Coffeekupp (1 month ago)
gamers town (1 month ago)
it is the right
Texting Stories (1 month ago)
B-but. This has happend till I was a baby!
My left side is always blocked 133% of the time
ashutosh chauhan (1 month ago)
Do nasal cycles still run when you don't have cold? I can breathe from one nostril, it's hard but exhaling is even harder when the other one(perfectly functional one) is closed.
Joey Melo (1 month ago)
0:46 lol
Dolphin lover 11 (1 month ago)
Mine just went away I the middle of the video
NoCultist (1 month ago)
Why is my nose clogged at all and where is a permanent solution?
Mikey Angel (1 month ago)
Never knew ppl noses were working half mines working both perfecrly fine O.o
Baileyando Backup (27 days ago)
Mikey Angel lucky you
_cheesy cheesecake_ (1 month ago)
I just have a dust allergy :/
Jesse The _Cutie (1 month ago)
It's my left side, I was in a car accident today and flipped into a river. It was really cold. BTW it was night so makes water even colder!
leftoversmy (1 month ago)
None of my nose is working
Dawg Lopez (1 month ago)
My left nostril has always been dominate, that it was gonna learn I was normal
ACOxCRIS (1 month ago)
Right nostril closed, left nostril barely open
ƓƦЄЄƝ SpeedAdrian (1 month ago)
Why can it change to right i have it on my left
lunusT Tasker (1 month ago)
Right nostril right now
Bolt Terrakion (1 month ago)
Right now, the right one is restricted and the left one is full open.
NoCultist (1 month ago)
Yeah.... Cold.... Right.... Aller-fuckin-gy.
Parker Fortin (1 month ago)
I force the switch by laying straight on the ground on the side I’m tryna switch it to🤫
Raz Rojas B (1 month ago)
My nasal cycle is called "no breathing at night allowed"
LuiZz (2 months ago)
I have nasal cycle
Lindsay Wheatcroft (2 months ago)
Rightie’s open right now!
Andres Cabrera (2 months ago)
It on my left
Rhys Logan (2 months ago)
Both are open right now
Game Rider (2 months ago)
left while watching this
BTS' 8th member (2 months ago)
I always notice them switching
Mudkip909 (2 months ago)
0:57 moistttt
Juan (2 months ago)
I love that man 😂
The Jiggler (2 months ago)
Who learned about this from game grumps
Gedion Kinaadman (2 months ago)
Once i search at youtube why i can only smell on my left nose.Once this video plays my right nose is now open.Now i have to search why i cant breath on my right nose.
Dean Slegos (2 months ago)
I have no nose. When I was young it was stolen and replaced several times.
king Josy (2 months ago)
Cocaine anybody? ...no,okay.
tangbein (2 months ago)
I liked this with my nose.
hail satan (2 months ago)
Neither of my nostrils work well they both have limited airflow all the time like I'm breathing out of a coffee straw.
Sam Sananikone (2 months ago)
My working nostril is my left one.
Tone Chiefin (2 months ago)
My right nostral is on break right now.
Drew TV (2 months ago)
When i get startled both of my nostrils open up.
KingKillwatts (2 months ago)
I have a deviated septum so my right nostril is almost entirely closed off. Luckily I have surgery as an option so maybe I’ll be able to taste and talk normally one day.
skinnypenis12 3 (2 months ago)
My nose is in the process of switching right now

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