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Naturally Removing Excess Mucous and Phlegm

Updated on November 2, 2015
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Naturally removing excess mucous and phlegm.

Wheezing, sneezing, coughing chest rattling with every breath, tissue box sitting close at hand, these are all signs that you might be suffering from an excess mucous problem.

Whatever the reason is, where mucus is concerned too much of a good thing is definitely not a good thing. You begin to drown in the very fluids that your body produces to protect you from harm. Fortunately there are natural treatments to help you cope.

A buildup of excess phlegm may develop because you are suffering from a bad case of the flu, the common cold, or an allergy. It could also be that you are a smoker. Perhaps you have recently undergone a major surgery and spent more time in bed than you usually do which has prevented you from working the mucous from your lungs.

A cold or flu can leave you congested and gasping for breath.

Little teddy bear sick with a cold surrounded by tissue and vapor rub.
Little teddy bear sick with a cold surrounded by tissue and vapor rub.

Excess Phlegm Can Be A Very Serious Matter.

Mucous and phlegm are part of your body's natural defense mechanism. The body creates these fluids as a means to rid itself of germs, bacteria or other small foreign particles that could otherwise be harmful to it.

The particulate is caught up in the mucous and then flows out trapped within the goo into a waiting handkerchief to be easily disposed of.

Although mucous is a natural occurrence, like anything else that can go wrong within our system, when it gets out of control it can become a very bad thing. We find that we are drowning in our own body fluids.

In the event of excess mucous buildup there are two factors that have to be taken care of and quickly: Your current health situation needs to be gotten under control, and it needs to be discovered why things went so drastically wrong, so that a distinct set of preventative measures can be put in place to stop it from occurring again.

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Human face focus on nose.
Human face focus on nose.

Do you know how to relieve the congestion and stop the cough?

Many times the mucous begins in the nasal passages from a sinus infection or reaction to an allergy. Because of the extreme amount of mucous and congestion produced this fluid drips or is inhaled downward and winds up pooling in the lungs.

The resulting congestion can be very difficult to deal with. Anyone who has suffered from allergies, the flu, or a seasonal cold has probably noticed this pooling of mucous within the lungs.

Too much mucous in the lung can cause severe breathing difficulty and increase risk of infection.


Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler can really help to open up clogged nasal passages and relieve congestion.

Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler
Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler

You can get immediate relief from congestion and excess mucous or phlegm by applying soothing steam directly into your airways.The Vicks personal steam inhaler can help to relive your excess mucous problem fast.

 
Bees surrounding a flower gathering pollen for honey.
Bees surrounding a flower gathering pollen for honey.

Stop your cough with the soothing natural antibacterial properties of honey.

The steam from sipping a hot drink of two tablespoons lemon juice and one teaspoon honey added to hot water will help open clogged passageways and to relieve the congestion. The honey will helps to soothe the throat area, prevent bacteria from thriving there, and stop a cough.

Studies show that honey is as effective at stopping a cough as is commercial cough syrup. The good news about choosing honey is that honey is natural and has many more health benefits to it than just that of a decongestant. It is also an antibacterial agent so can help heal your throat and intestinal issues as well.

Deep breathing within a hot shower will also provide immediate relief from both the nasal and lung congestion. Or a chest ointment made from olive oil and your choice of Camphor, Eucalyptus or Peppermint can also help to relieve symptoms of congestion.

Sing to help clear your lungs of mucous and help to increase lung capacity.

Lemon is a diuretic and can help push fluids through faster.

Lemon juice or a hot honey lemon drink are great for when you have a cold.
Lemon juice or a hot honey lemon drink are great for when you have a cold.
Gargling with salt water can help to heal that cold a little faster.
Gargling with salt water can help to heal that cold a little faster.

Salt is an amazing natural therapy for reducing congestion.

Fortunately there are natural ways to relieve your sinus congestion, slow down the excess mucous and phlegm, aide your breathing difficulty, and help to quickly get you feeling a little healthier.

Salt is a natural antiseptic which can aide in healing. For those who suffer with asthma salt can be very beneficial in helping to control symptoms.

Salt will help to kill the germ and bacteria. There are many commercial saline solutions (salt and water) which can be used to clear the nasal and sinus passages to make breathing through clogged nasal passages a little easier.

You can easily create your own saline solution using warm boiled water and salt. You can sniff this solution from your hand, or place it in your nose using a finger wet in the solution, and then sniffing deeply to bring the solution into your sinus cavities.

Use a humidifier or steamer in your home. If you do not have one then boil a pot of water on the stove to get moisture into the air.

*It is very important to always use boiled water to sniff or gargle to prevent further bacteria or other contaminants from entering the body.

How the Himalayan salt inhaler works.

A Himalayan crystal salt inhaler may help improve your breathing.

Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Inhaler
Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Inhaler

I am very impressed by this amazing device. It is compact, simple to use, and so very beneficial for your breathing. We have all heard how great salt water is for cleansing the sinus cavities well this inhaler is a new method of bringing salt through the lungs and nasal cavities. See the video below for more information.

 

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Human muscular diagram.

A simple lung exercise can remove the buildup of excess mucous.

There is a simple lung exercise which is a powerful tool for removing excess mucous from the lung. It is very easy to learn as it is merely a series of deep breaths followed by a cough.

Sit in a chair or on the side of the bed, breath slowly in as deeply as you can, then release this breath fully. Do four to five deep breaths in this same manner, and on the last inhalation period rather than just breathing the air out, quickly cough it out.

It is actually very easy to initiate this cough, and it is very effective, the mucous is expelled. Repeat the breathing exercise as needed.

Drink hot honey water: Honey is soothing and has antibacterial properties.

Drink hot honey water: Honey is soothing and has antibacterial properties.
Drink hot honey water: Honey is soothing and has antibacterial properties.
Flu, allergies, or cold can cause breathing difficulties.
Flu, allergies, or cold can cause breathing difficulties.

Use natural therapies to help you stop the congestion, mucous, and cough.

Keep in mind that honey is a natural antibacterial. Salt will kill germ and bacteria. Use these natural therapies to your advantage You can sip a hot honey drink to get honey's full health benefits and you can simply breath in the steam from a boiling salt water infusion.

Placing salt and boiling water into a bowl creates a steamy solution. You have only to pop a towel over your head and then lean over it to take advantage of it's steamy benefits.

A proper diet always helps to improve a person's immune system and health so eating responsibly can be a tremendous health aide. In your diet try to avoid a lot of red meats, dairy products, or grains such as wheat which might trigger an attack of excess mucous secretion.

Vitamins that help to prevent mucous buildup include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Cod Liver Oil so include them into your supplement program. They are all vitamin or mineral supplements that will help to reduce an excess mucous or phlegm build up from developing.

Massage a Mentholated rub onto the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed.

Use a portable steam Inhaler to help ease your breathing no matter where you travel.

Mabis Personal Steam Inhaler, Steam Vaporizer
Mabis Personal Steam Inhaler, Steam Vaporizer

A portable steamer will let you take the moisture with you as you travel from room to room in your home, or with you when you vacation, or travel for work. Moisture in the air can make breathing much easier.

 
Cat dander can cause breathing difficulties for some people.
Cat dander can cause breathing difficulties for some people.

Is it your home that is causing the congestion and breathing issues?

If you suspect that it is the quality of the air in your home which may be the reason for your breathing difficulties, then dust mite covers for your mattresses and pillows, a humidifier, dehumidifier or an air purifier can be used to help improve the air quality within your home.

Often it is allergens or pollutants that are the root cause of an excess phlegm and mucous problem. Your sinuses plug up and then they drain. This occurs on a continuous basis causing an excess mucous and phlegm problem. All this additional mucous generally winds up pooling in the lungs.

Cigarette smoke, plant pollens, household pollutants such as paint, cleaning fluids, cat dander, dust mites, or mold can all contribute. A mucous attack can also begin if you are exposed to excess dust out of doors, or to smoke, and its accompanying particles from a campfire or a neighboring forest fire.

Small wood dust particulate, if you are sanding or standing near someone who is, can also trigger an excess phlegm attack to occur. In an attempt to rid itself of the small particles, your body will produce extra mucous to catch, and maintain this material so it can be flushed from the body with the next cough or sneeze. Too much exposure to these small particulate will lead to your body producing excess mucous.


It is very likely that your bed can be the cause of your breathing difficulties.

Dust mite mattress cover helps eliminate dust mite allergy symptoms.

Evolon Allergy Mattress Protector | 15" Queen Zippered Mattress Encasement | Dust Mite, Bed Bug, and Allergen Proof Cover
Evolon Allergy Mattress Protector | 15" Queen Zippered Mattress Encasement | Dust Mite, Bed Bug, and Allergen Proof Cover

Your bed is the number one cause of allergy based breathing difficulties. It is the protein in dust mite droppings which people have difficulties with. Encasing your mattress in a dust mite cover puts up a barrier between yourself and the dust mites and helps eliminate breathing, or excess mucous problems, caused by an allergy to dust mite.

 

Know What Your Triggers Are.

The triggers which lead to an excess mucous problem must be removed if the attacks themselves are to be stopped.

As in the case of myself being exposed to small particulate is very dangerous so I try to avoid the triggers as much as I am able to.

I have an illness which weakens my muscles thereby causing me to have shallow breathing. I often do not breath deeply enough to reach the bottom of my lung. I just do not have the strength to work excess mucous from my lungs once it is there so I drown.

I know what my triggers are and I avoid them as much as I am able to. Discover what yours are and remove, eliminate, or avoid them as much as you are able to. This will stop your body from having to protect itself by producing excess mucous.

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As we age it can be more difficult to work the mucous from the lung. Get your yearly flu shot.
As we age it can be more difficult to work the mucous from the lung. Get your yearly flu shot.

You can use a neti pot to relieve congestion or sniff a little boiled salt water from your palm.

Using a Neti pot to help cleanse the sinus passages with a salt water solution will help to relieve sinus congestion and to kill the bacteria that reside there.

You can use a Neti pot to help with the cold, flu, or excess mucous or phlegm brought on by allergies. Just be sure to use water that has been boiled and insure that your neti pot is sterile clean for each use.

I gargle with warm salt water throughout the day whenever I am feeling exceptionally congested, and then I use a bit of the salt water in my hand to sniff into my nostrils. Sometimes I will simply apply it with my finger and then sniff to draw it into the nasal cavities.

Get a flu shot. It really does work.

Rinse your toothbrush in mouthwash to help stop the return of germs.

Walking is one of the best exercises for people of all ages.
Walking is one of the best exercises for people of all ages.

Walk to help clear your lungs of excess mucous.

Walking is one of the best exercises for keeping your lungs strong and clear of mucous. It is also an exercise program that virtually anyone can participate in. You can jog from room to room within your home, or get out into the sunshine, and go for a quick walk outdoors.

Just keep in mind when walking outdoors that you are doing a return trip and don't walk so far out that you can't make the return walk back home in comfort.

A treadmill enables you to continue exercising even when it is too cold to walk outside during those long winter months. They are also nice to have to jump onto throughout the day.

Every few extra steps help so don't think that five minutes here or there isn't sufficient to make a difference. It all aids in building up your stamina, clearing your lungs of mucous, and making them as well as your heart much stronger. The more fit you are then the more ability you will have to fight off a lung infection.

Help for baby who has a congestion issue:

Baby Nasal Aspirator by BabyBubz - Best Hospital Grade Nose Sucker to Clear Mucous & Help Child Breathe - The Booger Remover is Safe, BPA Free, Easy to Clean - For Newborns, Toddlers, Infants, Kids
Baby Nasal Aspirator by BabyBubz - Best Hospital Grade Nose Sucker to Clear Mucous & Help Child Breathe - The Booger Remover is Safe, BPA Free, Easy to Clean - For Newborns, Toddlers, Infants, Kids

Using a Neti pot to help cleanse the sinus passages with a salt water solution will help to relieve sinus congestion and to kill the bacteria that reside there. Use a Neti pot to help with the cold, flu, or excess mucous or phlegm brought on by allergies.

 
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air as often as possible.
Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air as often as possible.

Get Fresh Air Into Your Home. Open a window.

Studies show that the indoor pollutants within your home are probably around five times higher than the pollutants floating around in the air outdoors.

Keep a window in your home open at least one inch in both the summer and winter. If you are not able to do this than try to open a window for at least fifteen minutes each day to allow for an exchange of fresh air into your home.

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Laugh often. Not only will it help clear your lungs but it is great exercise as well.
Laugh often. Not only will it help clear your lungs but it is great exercise as well.

Laughter will help clear your lungs of congestion.

A good laugh will not only help to clear the mucous from your lungs, but it will also release endorphins, and these will help to make you feel better.

Endorphins are the body's natural painkiller and they are released when you exercise, smile, laugh, or participate in any other pleasurable activities.

So find any reason that you can to laugh, and have a really great chuckle, it's good for you

Do you suffer from breathing difficulties from excess mucous or phlegm problems?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I do when I catch a cold and my friend always tells me to drink honey with hot water.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      This lens was great! I'm having some mucous problems lately because of a cold I haven't quite kicked. Some great tips here!

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      ugh! I am suffering a mucous problem for 6+ weeks now. I know that I should go to the doctor, or at least try an over the counter med for it. A cough has never lasted this long.

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      Odille Rault 3 years ago from Gloucester

      Wow, what a fascinating lens! I don't have a problem with mucous normally, but of course, with colds and flu, it can be really bad. There's so much great information and advice on this page. I'm bookmarking it for the next time I catch a virus... :)

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yes, I do. (I've had bronchial asthma.) Thank you for this informative lens. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @sierradawn lm: I am so glad that I could help. I hope you are doing better and can avoid the flu this year. Not being able to breathe really is terrifying. Flu and cold are very frightening for me now but I seem to have gotten our home breathing proofed now so that the indoor allergens are kept under control.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I suffer from chronic bronchitis and have constant phlegm problems. Your lens is a lifesaver! Thank you!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I am also on flovent and the salbutamol inhalers. You may have to check around your home to really allergen proof it to help your breathing difficulties. I know removing our rugs and using dust mite covers on our beds really helped me out.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @darkflowers: When you have chronic illness over time a lot of alternative therapies just naturally get incorporated into your lifestyle. Survival mode. My breathing difficulties are more because of weak muscle strength and an inability to bring trapped mucous out. The lungs are certainly a very important part of the body processes.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @David Stone1: It definitely seems that the cities are becoming much more polluted and this is certainly not helping with breathing difficulties that many individuals face. Neighbors on both sides of us have the old wood stoves too which just kills my lungs. I know they have new particle-less ones but these guys definitely don't have those.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Rarely at any serious level, but living in New York City with a galaxy of pollutants, there is a persistent stuffiness that goes away only when out of town. Very helpful lens.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I was always very sick as a child too. As a teenager I moved to work in a mountain lodge and after that time it was years before I was sick again. I kind of wonder if it was because there was little electricity or other pollutants there up so high. The water would have been very clean as well. Glad to hear that you stumbled onto something that increased your health as well.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I always get a really bad cough, that lasts for weeks, when I have cold. I never heard of the mucous exercise before. I will try it next time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, lots of great information here! I remember as a young adult I used to get bronchial pneumonia every year for around 5 or 6 years, then never got it again.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @LiteraryMind: I was taught it in the hospital after I had surgery. I have bad lungs so it was a good preventative exercise for me to learn and I have used to often since then. Hope it helps.

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I have COPD so this means a lot of these problems. I use lots of remedies to stay healthy! Thank you for this great Lens! Very useful information, Ladymermaid!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been diagnosed with COPD and Chronic Bronchitis. My main problem is excess mucus. It seems like I am coughing it up night and day. It's hard to sleep because of coughing up mucus. I take Flovent, Floradil and Spireva inhalers but so far there has been no improvement in the excess mucus.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: You take care of yourself. There are so many pollutants today that younger people are having so very many more health issues than people of my age. Keep your window open a crack all year round. I found it really helps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've always been somewhat sickly, but my second year of theological studies I got a very bad case of bronchitus which lasted about 3 months. Ever since then I am somewhat prone to certain things. Last winter I got a very bad sinus infection which resulted in over a month long (and very bad) headache. It was painful and frankly, scary. This article was helpful. I will have to remember it for next year.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @LisaAuch1: It sounds like you have one I have. I am off the antibiotics and just starting to walk again to try to clear the build up of mucous out of the bottom of my lungs. The seasonal colds and flu really do seem to be getting nastier each year. I hope you feel better soon.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      ...lol I was here 2011 last time and found great tips to help with a wheezing cough :) so after a surprise visit to A&E as I was that bad I just could not catch my breath, and an awful nasty chest infection back to remind myself of the tips you gave :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      There are a lot of good suggestions here. The breathing exercise is easy and can be done while you are working. Thanks for the links, as you know, I will check them out.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I will remember the hot honey water the next time one of my kids gets sick.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I.m a severe asthmatic and need to keep my home dust free, I'm a clean freak anyway so I don't mind, but it always just blows me away to see the amount of dust in my vacuum cleaner.

      Great page, very useful information.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: My husband is a pack rat (hoarder I am sure) so dust in our home is always a big issue for me. Many people do not realize how important an aspect simple dust can be in their breathing issues but a lot of the arise because dust mites are generally happily doing their thing and that dust can indicate a dust mite problem. Many individuals are very sensitive to dust mites, and more specifically, to the fecal matter that they leave behind.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @DuaneJ: I find that I can breathe it in over a pot on the stove or I can put a small amount in my hand to breathe or touch in and it works.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      This was very helpful. I've tried steam inhalation for mucous build-up but I particularly liked the tip about sniffing a salt and warm water solution.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @writerkath: So glad I could help you out Kathy. It is very frightening when your lungs are wheezing and you know something is wrong and could get worse.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @SusanRDavis: My breathing also improved substantially by using preventative care. We removed the rugs from our home and I began using dust mite covers on our bed mattress and pillows. I also keep a window open a crack constantly there and what a difference it has made. I still have mucous and weak lung muscle issues but the majority of the time I can get my lungs back under control.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @neosurk: I also suffer from bad lungs (courtesy of a chronic illness I was blessed with) and it can be quite scary at times. It is a constant battle to maintain good lung health.

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      Roberto Eldrum 4 years ago

      I feel so sorry for myself that I didn't get to see this lens previously. I had pneumonia when I was an infant (as my mother said) and have serious breathing problems when I get cold. I have tried honey and salt therapy as well, but they have not worked quite good. I sincerely thank you for explaining the alternatives like neti pot and laughs. Will try lung exercise everyday to flush out my lungs. Thanks, Ladymermaid!

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      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      I have asthma and have had pneumonia a couple of times. I used to suffer from chronic bronchitis but I've kicked that pretty well with preventative methods these last 10 years or so. Excellent help here. *blessed*

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      For me it's not so much mucous as a "wheeze" that has been lingering in the background for a while. Although I don't know if it's asthma, I'm looking for ways to get rid of it naturally. Excellent information here!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: This exercise can help (you can also do it in the shower as warm steam sometimes helps to loosen the mucous) Sit in a chair or on the side of the bed, breath slowly in as deeply as you can, then release this breath fully. Do four to five deep breaths in this same manner, and on the last inhalation period rather than just breathing the air out, quickly cough it out.

      Do this exercise as many times as needed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what can I do ...I have had the flu...then bronchitus...but I am on doxeycycline and an inhaler...I have some wheezing and cough..seem to can't get the phlem in my lungs to come up to cough out...do you have any ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to G+ this very timely article...the flu season is very harsh this year and people are looking for relief of symptoms!

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      It's definitely that time of year when coughs and colds can catch you out, especially in the UK where we are heading for Christmas. I'll keep my laptop close so I can check out these suggestions again if I need them.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @kgdunst: There are a lot of factors needed to keep a body healthy. With breathing difficulties though from excess mucous it is important to discover what is triggering the problem and then work on solving it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @mihgasper: I saw a newscast that said you should gargle with salt water 2 to 4 times a day and especially if you are exposed to a cold or flu as it may help to prevent it from taking hold in you.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Salt water can really make a difference, just have to be disciplined here!

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Healthy body is needed. Loads of water and exercise.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @attraction 42: Lol...I try. I suffer from a long term chronic illness so I have to take things a day at a time and work on all issues of remaining as healthy as I am able. I'm still here and that is a major accomplishment after all these years.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Wendy Leanne: This year my area was very bad for pollutants. They were doing road construction practically right outside of our door and that coupled with smoke following the mountain range into our area. It's been really hard on my lungs and breathing has been difficult. I hope the winter brings cleaner air with it.

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      Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

      Our entire family was hit hard with a chest cold this year. I tried so hard to treat it at hme with humidifiers, saline nasal sprays, zinc, etc. But my daughter and I both ended up on albuterol inhalers. We finally got better after a month. I agree wth your comment below about lung issues. I have chronic allergies and my daughter had RSV as an infant and as a result we both have lung issues. My other daughter, son, and husband all kicked the same cold without lung problems. My youngest daughter and I ended up with a bad case of chornic bronchitis that took a long time to clear.

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      attraction 42 5 years ago

      Thank for the information. I just got over a cold.:/

      I believe in: A healthy mind in a healthy body. What do you think?

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      webscan 5 years ago

      Occasionally I have phlegm problems.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @kathysart: I'm glad you found your way to my naturally removing excess mucous article. My breathing was so bad a few years ago when I moved into my now husband's home that I thought I would never get it under control. We removed the carpets, put dust mite covers on the bed, and now leave a window open constantly and that really helped get my breathing difficulty under control.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @brando87: Thanks for stopping by Brando. Having difficulty breathing really is a combination of what is causing the problem, the body producing excess mucous, and not being able to work the mucous and phlegm out. Sitting up or raising the top of the bed certainly helps. I have 3 pillows I use in the bed and i adjust these as I turn in the night to help my breathing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: There is generally more pollutants in the air indoors then there is in the air out doors. You will have to judge that though by where you live and by how good the air quality is in your home. They are now finding that radon gas (leaching upward from the basement) is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. That is pretty indoor scary pollution.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @aiclogcabins: Honey is great. Also buy some lemons or lemon juice if you can. Lemon will help flush a cold or flu through a little quicker by expelling the liquids you put in. Drink lots! Hope you feel better soon.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Kids pick up so many colds as well as the flu because they are in such close contact with so many other individuals. It can be pretty scary for those of us who suffer from chronic illness and may suffer additional lung or breathing issues.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Stacy Birch: People who have a lung issues, allergies, chronic illness, or who are elderly will have more difficulty handling the breathing difficulties that come along with the extra phlegm and mucous of a cold. I have shallow breathing and a cold or flu can be very dangerous for me.

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      I have problems when I have a cold, even if the cold shouldn't come with those problems, but as soon as the cold lightens up my lungs start to clear.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That cold and flue season will be coming again soon. You know I can avoid it pretty well because I stay home mostly because of fibromyalia. But, when the grandkids come to visit and those bugs are going around, you know what happens. - Just gotta be prepared, and your tips are most helpful to read again. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @SoniaCarew: As soon as the house gets closed in we get hit by the indoor allergies. Years ago my doctor told me to keep a window open in summer and winter and I have followed his advice. They are now saying that radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer next to smoking. It is an indoor pollutant that comes up from your basement.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @TonyPayne: Outdoor pollution, dust mites, dander, smoke and other indoor pollutants can really be hard on our breathing. Bad air means the body will produce extra mucous, so we drown in it, and suffer from breathing difficulty.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Linda Pogue: Yes, where there are breathing problems there is usually mucous as the problem. I use the breathing exercises I mentioned as well as a hot shower to help relieve the excess mucous and phlegm.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @robbwindow lm: Dust is a very bad allergin for many people including myself. Dust is often filled with dust mites and people are sensitive to the proteins in their droppings. I have trouble with both regular dust and wood dust.

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      robbwindow lm 5 years ago

      Thanks Ladymermaid great lens, I have all these things I just have to use them. The breathing exercises are a bonus. All in all a really helpful lens thank you. After beating an old dusty carpet a couple of weeks ago I have really struggling to breath, lots of mucus and well I have not had asthma for 12 years now, but I think it may have come back. See how it goes when i turn the humidifier on, thanks again.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: I have been fighting breathing difficulties for a long time. Interstitual lung disease is an aspect of my chronic illness and so any indoor pollutant or irritant can aggravate the issue.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: How can you keep the allergies and sinuses clear if you open up windows and there is a high mold spore day?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I don't, but one of my sons has bad allergies - I really feel for people with this problem, it's awful, really horrible. A friend of mine had problems for years in this area. By the way, great information here on breathing issues!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Frugal Bride: There seem to be a lot of us wise enough to know that honey should be kept in the medicine chest as well as in the kitchen cupboard, it really is a great alternative therapy for the flu, coughs, and cold.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @StewartClan: Me too. Honey is a natural remedy for a number of ailments including sore throat, cough, flu, cold, cuts, bug bites, bee stings, as well as digestive and intestinal problems. I use honey a lot as a natural therapy for many ailments.

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      StewartClan 5 years ago

      I am a great believer in honey as a therapy for many illnesses. I have lost count of the times my sons have been ill and rather than dose them with antibiotics, I have given them manuka honey three times per day instead. They get well very quickly this way. I think the exercises look very interesting too. I will come back with my son to practice some more tips. Thanks for the lens!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I am able to ward off most colds and flu before it takes hold by drinking a good glass of OJ each morning to keep my Vitamin C levels up. It definitely works. If I do feel I am getting lethargic and a cold is trying to get hold of me, I pop an Airborne tablet, those really work for me too. Excellent advice here. As a child I used to permanently have a stuffed up nose.

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      Frugal Bride 5 years ago

      I just love honey! It's such a great natural home remedy for almost everything.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @aesta1: This morning I was doing deep breathing in the shower to loosen up the nighttime phlegm build up. We are just coming out of peek allergy time and the pollen in our area is starting to reduce now thank goodness.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Am back to review the exercise I like to remove excess phlegm. Really a good resource for a common problem.

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      aiclogcabins 5 years ago

      Im off to buy some honey now to help with my cold

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: You may have to do some allergy proofing in your home so you can tone down your symptoms. Dust mite covers, get rid of rugs, check for mold, and keep a window open. I hope you find the source of your problem so you get your sinus attacks under control.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think I'll give the honey therapy a try. It gets so tiresome to have painful sinus and earaches all winter. Thanks

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      eah. And it is fall in my country, so allergies all around.

      Excellent tips. Will have to come back to them again. And again. Thanks!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @gottaloveit2: It seems that the natural therapies for cold, flu, breathing difficulties, and excess mucous are really being forgotten and yet these alternative therapies have so very many fewer side effects than the medicines we would otherwise take.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @biminibahamas: Hot honey can really soothe the throat and help to control the germs and bacteria that thrive there. Honey is supposed to be as good at relieving a cough as cough syrups you would buy at the pharmacy. I hope you feel better soon.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Have a cold right now, think I will go make a hot honey water and see what happens!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @tvyps: Quite the play on words and when I saw the phlegm (mucous) comment I sort of figured you were here. Lol....glad that you are not suffering from a cold, flu, or other virus and appear to be well and in high spirits.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I have had some in the past. Lady Mermaid might say "phlegm" but A-Redneck would say "snot." ha!! Blessed!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Boy, is THIS lens every helpful. John suffers from horrible seasonal allergies. He used a Neti pot which works pretty well and I think I'll have him put honey in his hot drinks. I didn't know honey was all that helpful!

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      brando87 5 years ago

      Smoking is the number one cause of chest complications later in life. Nearly all smokers will develop COPD, emphysema, or other lung pathologies (cancers, infections, etc...). I like that you mentioned lung exercises, but also exercise in general is very helpful for maintaining lung capacity and mobilizing excess secretions. One thing to avoid is laying in bed flat when you do feel chest congestion. Sitting in a chair with your arms rested and leaning slightly forward is the best position. Great lens.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      No, I don't have such a problem, but I have got a friend who suffer from asthma, ever since she started to exercise, her asthma reduced.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @timmytabs: I am very glad that you found some helpful tips here. It is so very frightening when you start drowning from a cold, allergy, or flu. Because I have an illness that causes weak muscle I have to be very careful where the cold and flu is concerned. I guess so many people now as we are an aging population.

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      timmytabs 5 years ago

      Hello, Thank you for the nice article it really helpful.. i live in England and for the last couple of weeks, it has been really cold, to make matters worse, my radiator stopped working i had to call for someone to fix it but because of that time in a cold house, am now suffering from a bad cough. i was using the honey and lemon remedy but i stopped and bought medicine because it was taking long to disappear. But thank you for the material in your lens its very very very helpful.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      WOW OH WOW!! You covered it BIG time! My husband has breathing problems and I never thought of it before but I could get one of those AeroGardens. He has a hepa filter and I do a lot of these things but bringing in good oxygen from plants is a great idea. I never thought of it because out bedroom is pretty dark. Good one! Angel blessed!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Wow - I am an advice nurse currently, and we should could use all these suggestions during cold and flu season! Currently we recommend the saline nasal flushes/neti pot and honey for coughs. I tried the deep breath and cough routine and that really works. Recently we pulled up carpet and got down to the hard wood, that helped as well. We are working to make our bedrooms sanctuaries. Wrapping the beds are also very good. I appreciate your natural bent, you bring a lot of value to others in this lens. Angel blessed.

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      MasterOfSpanish 5 years ago

      Occasionally yes, when I have a cold, it all runs to my chest! So recently I have overcome bronchitis and feel 100 percent better than before. I will be trying some of your suggestions above if it occurs again. Thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its always a pleasure to visit your lenses, because they are great resources of information that you have carefully researched. I just posted this to Twitter and FaceBook, for those that might need to read up on good advice. ~ Thank you, my Lady! :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Light-in-me: Yes. What I usually do is get a cup of warm boiled water and add a teaspoon of salt to it. I then gargle a couple mouthfuls to cleanse my throat. I then dip my finger in, and just put the liquid in my nostril, and sniff it in. It works to help keep things cleansed and my germs down (or so I hope).

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      Light-in-me 5 years ago

      I heard recently that neti pots can be dangerous if not cleaned properly. This is an excellent and informative lens. Chock full of great tips and treatments.

      Nice job,

      Robin :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Board-Game-Brooke: I hope you feel better soon and that your coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties give you some relief soon. Best of wishes.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I have a cold right now so this lens was particularly interesting to me! It sounds like I'm doing the right things, though... just need to rest & be patient. :-)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @LisaAuch1: I hope you are well this winter Lisa. I know how upsetting and frightening breathing difficulty can be.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @miaponzo: I always use the remedies listed above but I could see thyme working. It is a very old natural remedy.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @RobinDM: The hot honey lemon drink as well as gargling and rinsing your sinus passageways with salt water really helps with a flu or cold attack.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @WildFacesGallery: I have suffered from breathing difficulties for many years. My husband replaced our rugs with cork flooring, I put dust mite covers on my pillows and mattress, and now keep a window open a crack all year long. It has really helped my breathing tremendously. Lol...and a flu shot every year reduces the flu attacks that I get too.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      You've made some great suggestions that I'd not thought of before and just in time for the cold & flu season. Beautifully presented.

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      RobinDM 6 years ago

      Very informative. I will try these remedies this year!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      One of the best remedies for asthma or phlegm is making a thyme steam... it's simple, natural, and VERY effective!!!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Great advice here, i have always had a rattlingchest, summer winter, springetc, however I have also given up smoking this year, and I am noticing a huge difference (of cource it could not have helped me!...lol) I usually spend the winter with my face in a hot boiling menthol vapour of some sort, so i can't wait to see how this winter goes as it definitely is improving. Blessed

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @brando87: Thank you Brando. I have been fighting breathing difficulties for many years. Happy to say that I am still here and have sure learned a lot through the battle. Cursed chronic illness is the cause of my breathing problems.