Chest Congestion | How To Get Rid Of Excess Mucus in Lungs

The body constantly produces mucus since it acts as the respiratory system's filter, trapping various tiny particles that pass through your nose or mouth. However, it's not good to have too much of the runny substance either, especially when it makes breathing difficult.

Here's how to get rid of mucus in lungs:

  • Quit smoking
  • Take an expectorant (Acetylcysteine , Ambroxol, Bromhexine, Guaifenesin) . Expectorants are medications that break apart mucus and make it easier to cough up and expel from your body.
  • Avoid Cough suppressants. Suppressants are used to minimize coughing, but unfortunately they can thicken mucus in your chest.
  • Keep well hydrated. Drinking plenty of water when you are ill is a must, but is especially helpful in clearing out chest congestion.
  • Take a hot shower, or fill a bowl with very hot water. Place your face over the bowl and a towel over your head to trap in the steam. Hold your face there for as long as you are able, and breath deeply as you do. you can also use a humidifier at night while you are sleeping.
  • Avoid exposure to inhaled irritants, such as smoke, dust, or other pollutants, or wear a face mask
  • Gargle with warm water and salt.
  • Try hot tea with added honey, ginger and cinnamon

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