Whether it’s associated with the common cold or allergy season, it’s difficult to perform your daily routine when you’re under the weather. Luckily, there are endless ways to alleviate your discomfort. Below are ways that can aid in the removal of mucus and phlegm, which can hopefully lead you to a speedy recovery.
You’ve heard it numerous times, but drinking plenty of clear fluids, such as water and fruit juices, will keep your body well hydrated and provide extra fluids if your cough is caused by an infection or cold. Steamy drinks, such as tea with lemon juice and honey, can relieve throat irritation, while keeping you hydrated as well.
Wherever you spend most of your time, try placing and using a vaporizer or humidifier. This will create moisture in the air, which will keep your lungs moist, and help your cough bring up mucus if it is dry. Another option is a steamy shower, or running hot water and sitting inside your steam-filled bathroom.
To make the steam treatment more effective, adding drops of pine oil and eucalyptus to the water can help soften mucus in your airways. “Pine oil acts as an expectorant, so it will help you ‘bring up’ phlegm from the bronchial tubes,” according to the website for Best Health Magazine.
Taking a decongestant medication will help reduce any postnasal drip, which contributes to the tightness in your chest and the frequency of mucus in your throat.
Rubbing a menthol ointment on your chest can ease your breathing, especially at night. Menthol is derived from peppermint and is an all natural tool to loosen mucus found in your lungs, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Avoid smoky environments
If you smoke cigarettes or vape, try your best to avoid the habit for this period of time. Cigarette smoke irritates your lungs, which can lead to a drier cough or one that typically lasts longer. Consider using nicotine gum or wearing a nicotine patch until your cough subsides.