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How To Get Rid Of Chest Congestion And Cough With Apple Cider Vinegar And Other Household Items
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.
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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.
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.
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.
How To Treat Chest Congestion
- How to Clear Chest Congestion: 20 steps (with pictures) - wikiHow
How to Clear Chest Congestion. Chest congestion is not only uncomfortable and unpleasant, but can cause hazardous health issues like bronchitis or pneumonia if not cleared up. It is wise to do all you can do to relieve and clear up...