Everyone has mucus, and according to studies, it is very important for our bodies because it acts as a barrier for particles and contains enzymes and proteins that help to get rid of stuff in the air making you sick. But sometimes with coughing, we can find mucus to be yellow or green, or our body produces too much of it which may indicate a problem.
At Bright Side, we decided to study the signs of too much mucus and the ways to treat this issue.
Why our body produces too much mucus
Our bodies produce mucus all the time, and if you start feeling discomfort, it likely happens because mucus has changed its consistency. It can get thicker and stickier and can start having a mass effect on you. The reasons for this could be allergies, an irritation of the nose, throat, or lungs; smoking tobacco or digestive conditions.
Normally, people with allergies have this problem. Allergies trigger your body to squeeze histamine, which is what causes the itching and sneezing. Your nose begins to run after producing leaking fluid from mucous membranes.
But there can be another serious reason. Mucus is a part of the lung’s native immune function, but you should pay attention to it because a hypersecretion and chronic cough are the signs of chronic bronchitis.
Signs of excessive mucus
At first glance, this problem may seem harmless, but when your sinuses are blocked, it causes lots of discomfort. How can you know if you may have excessive mucus? There are some signs and symptoms that are specific to this disease.
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Sinus headache
- Nasal congestion
Remedies and ways to get rid of excessive mucus
You can help yourself via the foods that you eat, through your overall habits, and by making changes to your lifestyle. These remedies and ways are good not only for reducing the problem, but also for helping you stay healthy in general:
1. Drink lots of fluids.
The more you drink, the more your mucus stays thin. It is very important for people with allergies. The first rule is to stay hydrated. Drink more water, but not juices or lemonades. It will help to get rid of mucus and clean your body in general.
2. Keep the air moist.
This rule follows the first. Dry air irritates the nose and makes it runny. Have you noticed that people with allergies start sneezing more if the air is not humid enough? Get a humidifier and put it on every night. You can also add some essential oils to the humidifier for a good aroma or better results.
3. Gargle with salt water.
It will help your throat and make it less irritated. Just put 1 tsp of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle it several times a day.
4. Blow the nose.
Blow your nose and don’t swallow mucus. Do it gently as not to harm mucous coats. By doing this procedure, you can help yourself with better mouth hygiene and as a result, prevent dental problems.
5. Use eucalyptus.
You can apply eucalyptus on your chest or drink water with a few drops of essential oil, or take a warm bath with eucalyptus. This remedy has antibacterial properties, helps with colds and respiratory problems, acts as dental care, and can also serve as insect repellent.
6. Follow a diet.
It doesn’t mean that now you are on an extreme diet and there’s nothing left to eat. To reduce mucus you can include in your daily ration products like:
- salmon, tuna, flounder, and sardines
- pumpkin, pineapple, apple, lemon, cucumber, ginger, onion, and garlic
- camomile and decaf tea
- olive oil
7. Make a honey wrap to combat chest mucus.
For the wrap, you’ll need to mix some flour with honey so the mixture won’t stick to your hands. Add a bit of olive oil and roll it in some flour again. Take a napkin and wrap it in cheesecloth. With the use of plaster, attach it to the chest or the back. You can leave it for a whole night. If you apply it to children, leave it on for 2-3 hours before sleeping.
8. Make a drink with baking soda and honey
This is a good home remedy for those who have the flu and for those who need to get rid of some excess mucus from the lungs.
You need 1 tsp of honey, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 2-3 drops of lemon juice, and a glass of warm water. Mix all the ingredients in a glass letting the baking soda dissolve. Now you can sip the drink.
Make it regularly to clear your lungs and help you stop coughing.
Do you know any other effective ways to treat this problem? Write a comment below about how you fight against it.
Illustrated by Natalya Tylosova for Bright Side