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Home Remedies for Chest Congestion

Updated on July 24, 2010

Chest congestion is a subjective feeling of chest tightness, having trouble with breathing. In severe cases, patients feel that their chests are placed with heavy stones, they even have difficulty in breathing. Chest congestion is often the earliest symptom of some disease, or it’s the functional performance of the body organ.

Chest congestion is a symptom of many potential diseases, it’s one of the major symptoms of cardiovascular disease. In winter season, from December to February, there is a higher chance of heart disease and sudden death. Especially during rainy or windy days, the incidence of acute myocardial infarction was significantly higher, people in their middle age or older than 45 should pay more attention to this time period.

Causes of chest congestion

1, People who stay a long time in poorly ventilated room, or experience some unpleasant things, or in a environment of low air pressure, often have a feeling of fatigue and chest congestion. This type of chest congestion is functional in most cases, which means that people will soon return to normal after a short rest or relaxation, or opening the window for ventilation.

2, Chest congestion can be caused by the occurrence of certain diseases in the body. Such as:

  • Airway obstruction: tracheal bronchus cancer, tracheal stenosis, goiter, mediastinal tumor and so on;
  • Lung diseases: emphysema, asthma, atelectasis, pulmonary infarction, pneumothorax;
  • Heart disease: Some congenital heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, coronary heart disease;
  • Diaphragm disease: diaphragmatic eventration syndrome, diaphragmatic paralysis;
  • Body fluid metabolism and acid-base balance disorders.

Chest congestion in children often indicates congenital heart disease, myocarditis, or mediastinal tumor; Chest congestion in young people may forecast mediastinal tumor, or rheumatic heart disease; The majority of elderly with chest congestion are sometimes diagnosed with emphysema or coronary heart disease.

Treatment of chest congestion

1, psychological treatment:

  • mental relaxation
  • eliminating fear
  • cultivating cheerful character
  • good mood

good mood is conducive to the nervous system and organs, so that the body's physiological metabolism is in the best state, and the function of nerves is improved.

2, physical exercise: sports can adjust and improve the brain's excitatory and inhibitory processes, and help to adjust brain functions, In addition, exercise can significantly change people's emotions. In the long-term, exercise can enhance physical fitness, improve cardiovascular function, enhance nerve system’s self-regulatory function.

3, Timely prevention and treatment of colds and other respiratory diseases to enhance the body's resistance to disease.

4, Walk or do some outdoor exercises or sports activities in warm weather, exercises help to increase the function of the lung, it is best to adhere to deep breathing exercise 30 minutes a day in order to promote the ventilatory function of the bronchial tube and increase flexibility of the lung and blood supply.

5, Pay attention to health and nutrition, avoid staying in places where there are lots of dusts. and avoid exposure to smoke and gas which are the stimulus to the trachea and bronchi.

6, Eat more fruits rich in vitamin C (such as orange, tomato, etc.) and amino acid (such as lean meat, eggs, fish, soy, etc.)

7, Prevent cold, flu or upper respiratory tract infection when climate changes

8, Avoid over exercise, pay attention to patterns of life, maintain a good mental state. 

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