We often experience blockage in the nasal passages and throat. We cough, sneeze and find it hard to breathe. Since we have all been there you know how unpleasant, annoying and difficult this can be. Phlegm is a different substance, produced by the lower airways, not by the nose and sinuses, which produce the mucus that streams out of or clogs up your nose. Excessive, thick phlegm or chest mucus can often be caused by viral or bacterial infections such as influenza, bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as irritants such as those inhaled during smoking. It can also be caused by an allergic reaction to irritants as in hay fever, asthma or damaged vocal cords. It is often accompanied by a runny nose, constant cough, fever and weakness, and difficulty in breathing.
Mucus is something everyone has, and some people wish they had a lot less of the stringy, gooey stuff. Sure, it can be gross to blow globs of snot into tissue after tissue when you have a cold or sinus infection, but mucus actually serves a very important purpose. Mucus is normal but how much is too much?
We know that this is really frustrating and it seems to be never ending. So here are some of the easiest and effective ways to get rid of phlegm and mucus in your chest and throat.
Steam inhalation is the best and the simplest way to get rid of phlegm. Inhaling steam into the nasal passages helps keep phlegm in liquid form so it is easier to eliminate from your system.
- Take a steam shower twice daily. Turn your shower to full heat and stay in the closed bathroom for 10 minutes to help break up the mucus. Be sure to moisturize your body after, as warm water robs your skin of essential oils and moisture.
- Alternatively, pour hot boiling water in a large bowl. Hold a towel over your head and inhale the steam for five to 10 minutes. This will help loosen the secretions in your lungs. You can use this simple remedy several times a day.
- Lemon is a great ingredient for loosening mucus and phlegm. Plus, lemon’s antibacterial property and high vitamin C content improves the body’s resistance to infections. Add two teaspoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of hot water. Drink this at least three times a day to soothe your throat and reduce phlegm production.
- Another simple option is to cut a slice of lemon, sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on it and then suck on the lemon slice. It will help force the phlegm out of your throat. Do this two or three times a day.
Ginger can also help you, as it has decongestant and antihistamine properties. It will soothe you and get rid of the mucus. The easiest way to take in ginger is to chew 4 raw slices of ginger daily or you can drink ginger tea.
So take our advice and try out these home remedies and get rid of your mucus and phlegm.