How to get rid of excess mucus

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Excess mucus can be a sign of sinus congestion, cold, or flu. You can use a variety of natural home remedies to loosen and thin the excess mucus so that your body can easily expel it. Green or yellow mucus is usually a sign of cold or flu. Streaks of blood in your mucus can be a sign of a more serious medical condition so you should seek medical attention if that is the case. (Reference 2)

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Things you need

  • Decongestant medication
  • Humidifier
  • Vapour rub
  • Nasal saline spray
  • Warm liquids (soup, tea, cocoa, and/or coffee)

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    Loosen the Mucus

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    Drink warm or hot liquids such as soups, tea, cocoa, or coffee. This will help to loosen and thin the mucus in your lungs, throat, and nasal cavity. (Reference 1)

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    Immerse yourself in a steamy environment. Run a hot bath or shower to get your bathroom steamy. Soak in the hot bath tub or take a long shower in your steamy bathroom to loosen the mucus in your system. Consider using a sauna or hot tub if available. (This advice is for adults only; it is unsafe for children.) (Reference 1)

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    Apply vapour rub to your chest, back, and neck. Vapour rub will promote the loosening of mucus. (reference 1)

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    Use a humidifier in your bedroom. Keeping the room moist serves the same purpose as relaxing in a steam-filled room. Be sure to regularly change the water and clean the humidifier. Dirty water in a humidifier can promote mould growth and cause allergic reactions and other health problems. (reference 1)

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    Take an over-the-counter decongestant to medically loosen your mucus.

    Remove the Mucus

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    You should begin to cough up excess mucus as it loosens. As you cough it up into the back of your throat, clear your throat heavily to bring the mucus into your mouth and spit it out into a tissue or toilet. While the texture is gross, spitting the mucus is better than swallowing it, which will just reintroduce the mucus to your system. (reference 2)

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    Avoid taking anti-cough medications. You want to cough because this is your body's natural way of expelling excess mucus. (reference 2)

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    Use nasal saline sprays and blow your nose frequently to clear excess mucus from your nasal cavities. (reference 2)

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid or quit smoking. This can cause a build-up of excess mucus and phlegm (as well as a number of serious health problems). (reference 2)
  • Dairy products and foods that you are allergic to (even mildly) can cause a build-up of excess mucus. (reference 3)

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