How To Get Rid Of Phlegm
Sticky, disgusting, and downright embarrassing—phlegm is a bodily burden that absolutely nobody wants to deal with on a daily basis. Known as the mucous of the lungs, for chronic coughers it may be challenging get rid of. A foul, potentially multicolored composition produced by your mucous membranes, phlegm is the gross stuff you commonly cough up particularly when your body is fighting off a respiratory infection or illness. It may even contain traces of blood—and when it is too thick on a consistent basis, phlegm sufferers may even begin to experience issues with breathing.
Though it is most frequently known to be caused by the effects of a respiratory ailment such as the common cold, it can also be caused by eating certain foods, exposure to allergens, and serves as a common side effect of smoking and second-hand smoke. Though very trace amounts of blood in your phlegm are normal, seek medical attention as soon as possible to diagnose a possible problem. If phlegm appears frothy and contains heavy amounts of pink coloration or distinguishable blood, it is necessary to seek immediate help. Chronic, problematic phlegm could also be a sign of lung cancer or another high-risk respiratory disease. If your coughing up mucus is a cause of extreme discomfort and concern, it is necessary to seek help. However, if you are simply looking for ways to kick that annoying, slimy encumbrance in the back of your throat, there are a few tips that may save you the trouble.
Hot teas and plenty of water can help prevent not only sickness itself in the first place, but can help clear your airways as well. Keeping your body running smoothly with water and washing all debris away won’t allow for the buildup of sticky, solid materials such as phlegm in your airways. Home remedies that are meant to help cold and congestion are also effective in warding away mucous—this includes holding yourself over a pot of boiling water with a towel around your head to breathe in the steam (eucalyptus oil is said to enhance this process), taking expectorants and nasal drops, and any other medication used to treat nasal and sinus ailments.
Smokers who suffer from phlegm exclusively from the habit have no other choice but to quit in order to rid themselves of this disgusting side effect—quitting smoking will benefit your health in a multitude of other ways as well. A common mistake (often missed though it can be summed up to common sense!) is swallowing phlegm rather than spitting it out: though it may be difficult to not swallow it (especially in social situations), it is best to hold out so that you may discard it in a clean, safe manner. Otherwise, it will only be coughed up soon thereafter and you won’t necessarily be solving the problem! Avoid spitting it in public onto sidewalks and directly in (or near/on, as we aren’t perfect) a garbage can. Ground-spitting is often illegal, repulsive to other parties, and a risk of getting others sick.
In closing, kick the bad habits and treat your phlegm predicament as you would a sinus infection or respiratory complication. Keeping up on fluids and health itself is a huge part of keeping it at bay. Remember, it’s only the aftermath of your body fighting off disease—it can’t be all bad, right? Even though only mild respiratory conditions are usually the cause of phlegm, be on the watch if it causes you any true discomfort, pain, or draws blood. Be safe with this nefarious excrement of yours, and seek medical attention if necessary. Best of luck!