Mucus forms a protective lining throughout the respiratory tract by keeping the areas from drying out and helps to defend against invaders such as viruses and bacteria.
Phlegm- a type of mucus produced in the lower respiratory tract and lungs, especially when someone is acutely sick or has a longstanding health condition.
Get rid of phlegm and mucus with these home remedies:
1. Keeping the air moist. Dry air often irritates the nose and throat, which leads to excess production of mucus as a lubricant. A cool-mist humidifier in the room keeps the nose clear and prevents a sore throat.
2. Drinking plenty of fluids. Drinking extra liquids can thin the mucus and help the sinuses to drain. Staying hydrated helps to avoid congestion in people with seasonal allergies.
3. Keeping the head elevated. Lying flat can increase discomfort, because you may feel as though mucus is collecting at the back of the throat. Try to sleep propped up on a few pillows or in a reclining chair to feel better.
4. Do not suppress the cough. Coughing is the body’s natural way of keeping secretions out of the lungs and throat. Use cough syrups sparingly.
5. Discreetly get rid of phlegm. When phlegm rises into the throat from the lungs, try to remove it by spitting it out than swallowing. Spitting is healthier than swallowing.
6. Use a saline nasal spray or rinse. A saline spray can clear out mucus and allergens from the nose and sinuses.
7. Using eucalyptus. Eucalyptus products have been used to subdue coughs and reduce mucus. They can be applied directly to the chest.
8. Avoid exposure to smoke. Tobacco smoking and secondhand smoke cause the body to produce more phlegm and mucus.
9. Minimize the use of decongestants. Decongestants dry secretions and can alleviate a runny nose, but they also may make it harder to get rid of phlegm and mucus.
10. Taking the right medicine. Expectorants help to thin mucus and phlegm, making them easier to cough or blow out.
11. Avoiding irritants. Exposure to certain chemicals, fragrances, or pollution can irritate the respiratory tract leading to the production of more mucus.
12. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine may lead to dehydration. Dehydration can worsen the mucus and phlegm issue, drink plenty of warm, non-caffeinated beverages.
13. Taking a hot bath or shower. A steam-filled bath helps to loosen and clear the mucus in the nose and throat. Allowing hot water to pulse on the face can also bring relief from sinus pressure.
14. Blowing the nose gently. The too forceful blowing of the nose may hurt the sinuses, leading to pain, pressure, and possibly infection.
15. Avoid foods that trigger acid reflux. Acid reflux can lead to an increase in the production of phlegm and mucus. People prone to heartburn should avoid trigger foods.
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