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How to Prevent Mucus Buildup

Updated April 17, 2017

Allergies and illnesses cause mucus build-up. The build-up can cause a number of symptoms, including congestion, coughing, trouble swallowing, sneezing or runny nose. You can do a few things to prevent mucus build-up and avoid the misery that comes with it.

Use natural methods to prevent mucus. You can also prevent mucus build-up by drinking warm carrot juice to help eliminate coughs caused by the build-up. Add a teaspoon of freshly ground pepper to 10 teaspoons each of honey and lime juice as an excellent syrup to control coughing and to reduce mucus build-up.

Use saline solutions throughout the day to rinse away mucus. Saline nasal sprays are effective at reducing and preventing mucus build-up in the nose. You can purchase saline nasal sprays over the counter at local drugstores.

See your physician. A doctor can suggest or prescribe a medicine that treats and prevents mucus build-up. Severe allergy sufferers, asthmatics and those who suffer from other issues that causes frequent mucus build-up should see a physician to see what medicine he recommends.

Prevent future mucus build-up due to illness by taking vitamin C on a regular basis to boost the immune system. CNN's website recommends vitamin D and zinc. Frequent hand washing is another way to reduce the spread of germs that cause sickness.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm carrot juice
  • Ground pepper
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Prescription mucus medicine
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
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Kristle Jones, a freelance writer out of Southern California, uses her education, expertise and personal experience to write and blog articles for the Web. Kristle loves writing beauty, health and parenting articles and hopes to share her thoughts with her readers.