How to Loosen Up Mucus Naturally

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How to Loosen Up Mucus Naturally
Drinking water can help thin congestion. (Young woman drinking water. Woman With Water Glass. image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

A number of things can cause congestion, including a cold, allergy and sinus problems. Loosening mucus can help ease congestion and the symptoms it causes. One choice is to turn to over-the-counter medications to loosen congestion. However, in some cases you can naturally loosen mucus without taking medication. Before proceeding with any self-treatment, consult with your physician regarding your symptoms because in some cases congestion may be a sign of a serious ailment.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drink plenty of fluids. Staying well hydrated will help thin mucus and keep your mucus membranes moist, thus less irritated. Health911.com recommends drinking eight 236ml glasses of water daily.

  2. 2

    Breathe in steam. The steam from a shower can help loosen congestion. A humidifier can also help keep nasal passages moist, particularly if your live in a dry home. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus or pine oil to your humidifier also may help soften the mucus. Use one pint of hydrogen peroxide and one quart of water in a cool-mist humidifier to loosen mucus naturally.

  3. 3

    Irrigate nasal passages with saline spray or a sinus cleanser. This will loosen the congestion blocking your nasal passages and irrigate your mucus membranes.

  4. 4

    Eat spicy foods. Hot peppers, horseradish and other spicy food help thin mucus and cause your nose to run.

  5. 5

    Avoid things that may produce mucus, like milk and milk products. Avoid smoking, caffeinated drinks and alcohol because they may dehydrate you, which is counterproductive.

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