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How To Get Rid Of Chest Congestion And Cough With Apple Cider Vinegar And Other Household Items

Updated on November 3, 2015
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What Causes Chest Congestion?

Chest congestion can be caused by any number of things.

It could be a chest cold, asthma, bronchitis, allergies or pneumonia.

A cold could move from your nasal passage into your chest causing chest congestion.

An asthma flare-up happens when too much mucous is produced in the lungs and it blocks the bronchi in the lungs.

Also, the bronchi tightens not letting air go through.

Bronchitis occurs when a chest cold turns into a bacterial infection. It is more severe than a chest cold. Bronchitis means an inflammation of the bronchial tubes.

Pneumonia can be life threatening. You will experience severe lethargy, chest congestion, coughing, aches and pains.

Normally, people who have pneumonia need to stay in the hospital where they begin antibiotics.

Once the Doctors see that the you are feeling better, they release you to re-cooperate further at home.

Allergies can cause a nagging cough and congestion in the chest.

Your lungs naturally secrete mucous to carry away debris, but when an allergen enters your lungs, more mucous is created which causes chest congestion.

If this is ongoing, it could turn into bronchitis, pneumonia or asthma.

No matter what it is, it is a pain in the neck (or chest). I will cover natural and traditional medicine and different things you can do to treat chest congestion.

If you have chest congestion for more than two weeks, see a doctor for further medical care.

Chest Congestion Symptoms

A cough can affect you during the day and night.

You may notice that you wake up more during the night because you need to cough.

It could be a dry cough or a productive cough where you are coughing up phlegm.

Wheezing is caused when the lungs are congested with mucous. The mucous partially blocks the airway, which is what causes the wheezing sound that you hear.

Chest tightness occurs when the lungs are congested and you have trouble getting air through your lungs. Your lungs have to work extra hard.

Traditional Medicine For Chest Congestion

Use cough drops to get rid of the tickle in the back of your throat and to decrease the amount of times you need to cough.

Mucinex is great at clearing chest congestion. I notice within an hour of taking Mucinex that I am able to get a lot more mucous out.

If you have had a cough for more than two weeks and it does not seem like it is getting any better, see a doctor.

This may be a sign of an ailment that you cannot fix at home. You may need to get antibiotics for an infection from the Doctor.

If you do develop an infection, it is best to go to the doctor as quickly as possible.

If you let an infection sit in your lungs for too long, it could result in something more serious, like pneumonia.

Home Remedies That Help Treat Chest Congestion

Raise the head of the bed a few inches by putting a phone book under each end of the head of your bed. This will help promote drainage.

Use a humidifier to help loosen chest congestion. The water vapors will help to decongest your airways.

Drink plenty of water! Drinking water will help loosen any mucus in your body.

Honey controls coughs by coating the throat. It does not clear the lungs, but it can help you get through times when you are coughing a lot.

Apple Cider Vinegar loosens and thins mucous in your body. You could drink it raw, but it is very strong.

Pour two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water to dilute. Drink this mixture twice a day and you will see results within the first day.

It may not completely get rid of the chest congestion, but it helps a lot! Also, try to use organic apple cider vinegar with "The Mother" in it.

Bragg's makes this and you can find it in most organic sections in the grocery store.

Yoga For Relief Of Chest Congestion

There are a number of great yoga poses and stretches that can help release congestion from your chest.

Any stretch that stretches out the chest area also helps to expand the lungs which helps release congestion from your chest/lung area.

Deep Breathing

When my chest is congested, taking slow, deep breaths, holding for a few seconds and then releasing the air from my lungs releases some of the congestion from my lungs.

Try to fill your lungs completely with air when doing this.

I usually do this for a few minutes at a time, a few times a day while my chest is congested.

Keep Active

I find that when I have chest congestion and I do light cardio, all of that breathing helps me clear out my lungs.

Try going for a brisk walk or using cardio equipment at the gym on a low setting.


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      Stella Aligizaki 40 hours ago from Greece

      Your advice is helpful. I will try it. I believe in natural remedies.

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      Daniele M Robbers 4 days ago from clearlake

      I am around to colds progressing into bigger lung issues my asthma only acts up once I get sick. Two things I found to he very helpful is strong coffee and eucalyptus oil and peppermints oil. I knew that acv with lemon and honey was great for sore throats but had no idea it would thin the mucus for congestions. Being I have a horrible cold right this is very helpful to add to my arsenal.

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      caseymel 3 years ago from Indiana

      Try it out. It even helps you stay regular. I developed asthma three years ago and I have been using Bragg's for a few years. It seems to help a bit!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @caseymel, I have had chest colds progress to bronchitis more times than I can count, and even as far as pneumonia twice. I do most of what you recommend already (although when I'm in that state I usually haven't enough energy to do even light cardio), but I was unaware that organic vinegar with the "mother" was helpful in clearing congestion. I just bought some Bragg's organic vinegar the other day to try making honeygar, so I'll have some on hand during the upcoming cold and flu season. Thanks again for this information!

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      Magdaleen 3 years ago

      I'm Magdaleen here in South Africa I stragle a lot whit my asma and my bronchitis 1 the docter told me I haw bronchitis then hie tel me I haw asma my longs pyn so I can hardly sleep ad nyt I swet like I jst cam out of a shower when I sleep sam time it pyn so then it feel like I can pas out at work I don't now what 2 do if sam 1 can jst tel me wht I can us I wil be gled I haw it for 9 mans now plc I stragle a lot

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      caseymel 3 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks miriam! I will have to try that! I always drink apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. It is not the most pleasant taste. Drinking with maple syrup and lemon sounds much more appealing!

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      miriam 3 years ago

      I can tolorate the apple cider vinegar by making it like a hot tea with a teaspoon of lemon and teaspoon of organic maple syrup for taste..immediately after about 3 sips I couch up a hairball size mucous...heard no wheezing that quick

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      Healthy World 4 years ago

      Our entire panel of doctors prescribe Apple Cider Vinegar for a host of issues, including chest congestion. For the entire range of ACVs available in India, and for Free Home Delivery, you can check the link here -

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks ChristinS! You're right! The taste of apple cider isn't that great. I usually put a few tablespoons in a glass of water and drink it quickly. It seems to loosen congestion in my lungs so I have less asthma issues. I love that it has so many different health benefits and that it is natural!!!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      good advice. I take cider vinegar but in capsule form since I can't deal with the taste of it drinking it. I think it works very well for so many things. I also use a neti pot to clear the sinuses before they can drain and trigger asthma - also very simple and easy :) Voted up and passed on.

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      caseymel 4 years ago from Indiana

      I think Mucinex is expensive too. Mucinex comes out with coupons regularly that you can use to bring the price down. You can find them on the Mucinex website and in the Sunday newspaper. You could also get the generic version, Guaifenesin, and it works just as well as Mucinex for a fraction of the price!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i had tried mucinet, expensive but really helpful in coughing up the phlegm. A hairball of mucous.