How to treat mucus overproduction
For most of us cold weather means overproduction of mucus. Sometimes it is an irritating and uncomfortable symptom. You may have a runny nose, cough, wheezing or phlegm in your throat. However, it is not something you have to worry about. According to the cause, there are different treatments available. keep reading to know more.
What is mucus? and what is its main function?
As I said before, mucus is not something you have to worry about. In fact, mucus protects your respiratory system with lubrication and filtration. It’s produced by mucous membranes that run from your nose to your lungs.
When you inhale (breathe in) dust, viruses, allergens, and other debris stick to the mucus, and then it is eliminated from your system.
Why do I overproduce mucus? Causes
Sometimes, your body can produce too much mucus that may require frequent throat clearing or treatment to get rid of accumulated mucus in your lungs (Know how in this link https://pereaclinic.com/3-ways-to-release-mucus-from-your-lungs/).
There are different conditions or environmental factors that can trigger mucus overproduction, some of them are:
- when the indoor environment is dry.
- low water/ fluid intake.
- Common cold.
- high consumption of coffee, tea, and alcohol because they produce fluid loss.
- Some medications.
- acid reflux.
- lung diseases, for example: pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis.
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
How can I treat overproduction of mucus?
There are different treatments available, you can choose the one that best fills your needs.
If you don’t have a serious or chronic condition, you may prefer a more natural option. Some home remedies are:
- Use a humidifier at night.
- Try steam therapy :https://pereaclinic.com/chest-congestion-relief-steam-therapy/
- Add a couple of drops of eucalyptus essential oil to your shower floor while you rinse off. Or use eucalyptus leaves while you shower.
- If you have a cough, you can use honey as a natural anti-inflammatory and cough suppressant.
Physical treatments may also be helpful. These links show you easy exercises and treatments you can do at home
- Chest physical therapy, using gravity to move mucus from the lungs to the throat and out, to know how visit: https://pereaclinic.com/3-ways-to-release-mucus-from-your-lungs/
- To clear your nose visit: https://pereaclinic.com/nasal-irrigation-an-easy-way-to-reduce-symptoms-of-allergies-and-sinusitis/
Over-the-counter medications can help relieve mucus buildup and symptoms. These include:
- Decongestants like pseudoephedrine or oxymetazoline. These medicines can help stop mucus production.
- Expectorants These help remove mucus from the respiratory tract. They work by increasing the water content of mucus. Making it easy to cough mucus up.
If these treatments don’t work for you or your symptoms are chronic, you should visit your GP for advice and prescribed medications.
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