What can be more nagging than to have persistent cough that has phlegm building up? Not only is it embarrassing to cough and bark in public but having this condition would certainly be a nuisance for anyone.
Our airway is packed with mucus-reproducing cells that act to facilitate and help prevent foreign particles to enter our lungs. It acts as a surfactant to allow easy passage during intake of food, and it also facilitates our breathing mechanism. Here are some of the causes why build-up of phlegm occurs:
- Underlying health conditions such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other pulmonary diseases/condition.
- Irritation: Once there is irritation, there could be a foreign particle that causes it. When this happens, the cells produce more mucus due to the irritant, thus causing the build-up of mucus.
- Infection: Usually when there is an infection in the airway, the body would react and fight back in the most natural way. Hence, the production and the build-up of phlegm occurs.
Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Phlegm
It would certainly feel a whole lot better once you can get the mucus and phlegm out. Not only does it provide relief, it will also provide you much airway clearance to breathe.
Having phlegm would make breathing difficult. It narrows your airway passage, making it difficult to breath. These are the following measures you can do:
- Drink plenty of fluids. The more you hydrate, the more you allow easy air passage and the mucus/phlegm can easily be expectorated.
- Take breathing exercises. Performing these exercises would provide you with much more lung expansion allowing you to expel the phlegm easily.
- Perform chest tapping. Chest tapping usually works and best done early in the morning. Usually before meals, preferably once you wake up first thing in the morning. It is done by cupping ones hand and tapping the chest area. This facilitates the removal of the mucus and phlegm.
How To Prevent Phlegm Formation?
Certainly there are measures you can take to prevent the build-up of phlegm. That way, you won’t go through anymore with the nuisance of having the difficulty to breathe and the consistent urge to cough. Below are some of the things you can do to prevent this from happening to you.
- During the early stage prior to the build-up, once you notice a persistent non-productive cough, take necessary measures to prevent this from complicating.
- A cold usually is accompanied with cough. Preventing both would be a start.
- Load yourself with lots of vitamin C.
- Avoid/quit smoking. Cigarette smoking is an irritant and would cause the flare up in your airway.