How to Prevent Mucus Buildup

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How to Prevent Mucus Buildup
Frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of illnesses that cause mucus build-up. (washing hands image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com)

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.

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Things you need

  • Warm carrot juice
  • Ground pepper
  • Honey
  • Lime juice
  • Saline nasal spray
  • Prescription mucus medicine
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc

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Instructions

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    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

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