Excess mucus can make you feel miserable and can make breathing, sleeping, lying down, and swallowing difficult. A variety of health conditions, including gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), sinusitis, allergies, viral and bacterial infections may cause excess mucus production. Each of these conditions requires a different treatment approach. Regardless of the cause, some self-help measures are effective in reducing excess mucus. Sleeping is likely the most challenging time of day for people troubled by excess mucus. Consult a medical professional to evaluate your personal situation and to obtain recommendations for any specific treatments.
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Things you need
- Vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter
- Hypoallergenic pillows
- Hypoallergenic mattress pad
- Air cleaner with HEPA filtration system
- Saline nasal wash
- Himalayan salt or non-iodine sea salt
- Disposable 113gr cup
Mucus-aggravating dust particles, dust mites, and pet dander accumulate in your carpets, drapes, and upholstery. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter at least twice per week to keep your space clean and comfortable. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters eliminate 99.97% of airborne particulates, which is good enough to trap these household irritants.
Use a high-quality HEPA filter in your furnace. Replace the filter according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Professionally clean your HVAC system once every year.
Cover your mattress with a hypoallergenic mattress pad. Use hypoallergenic pillows and bed linens. Prop the pillows up at a slight angle so you are not lying flat. Launder the linens at least once per week and replace the pillows every three to six months.
Place a HEPA air purifier in your bedroom and keep it running 24 hours a day.
Create a Clean Environment
Make a saline gargle solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to 236ml of lukewarm water. Gargle with the solution twice a day.
Using a saline nasal wash product, irrigate your nasal passages once or twice a day.
Consider reducing or eliminating milk from your diet for one week to see whether the mucus has decreased. Some individuals with asthma benefit by reducing their consumption of milk.
Care for Yourself
Tips and warnings
- Ask your physician if an antihistamine would be appropriate for you. Over-the-counter medicines such as Claritin and Zyrtec are effective at blocking the production of mucus caused by allergies.
- These recommendations are not intended to be a substitute for your doctor's advice and treatment plans. Consult your physician before using any of these strategies.
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