We have all suffered from persistent chest flem at some stage in our life. Constantly coughing flem is not only irritating, but can be dangerous if left untreated. Here are some tips on what to do if you are coughing flem.
Coughing flem from your chest is actually a clinical condition that, left untreated, can lead to serious complications, including Bronchitis, and even lung collapse.
Coughing Flem – What Causes it?
Chest flem is caused by irritation of the bronchial lining. When the mucosa on the bronchial lining are irritated by pollutants such as dust, smoke or bacteria, they react by creating flem, and lots of it. Infection can also cause the mucosa to produce flem.
While the production of this flem may initially aid in protecting the bronchial lining, it also inhibits breathing and triggers reflex coughing in order to clear the flem, and whatever is irritating the bronchial lining.
Coughing Flem – First Step
See your doctor or health professional. This is even more important for infants or the elderly and those that have preexistent health conditions. Coughing flem may just be due to a mild infection, but it can be indicative of a more serious issue or, if left untreated, can lead to more serious issues.
Once you have seen a doctor to get some treatment or ensure that there is no serious underlying illness, there are some simple home remedies that can help clear the flem from your chest.
Coughing Flem – Home Remedies
- This is a simple remedy to help you stop coughing flem. It is also useful for dry coughs. It is so popular in South Africa that just about every household uses it as an initial treatment for coughs. Mix vinegar and honey in about a 6 to 1 ratio. Add a teaspoon of fish oil. Sip on this and you should feel immediate relief from the desire to cough. Use in conjunction with breathing steam mentioned below.
- One of the easiest remedies to help you stop coughing flem is breathing in steam. The steam helps loosen and thin out the flem and allows you to cough it up easier. The best way to breath in steam is to either put face over a bowl of hot water with a towel covering your head and the bowl. Make sure the water is hot enough to produce steam but not too hot so that it burns you.
- Humidifiers are another way to increase the humidity in the air and help loosen the flem in your chest.
- Add Jalapeno or habanero peppers or vicks vapour rub to the hot water to increase the flem clearing effect of the steam. Be careful you don’t irritate your eyes when doing this!
- Ginger is a very good agent at relieving flem. You can try putting a piece of fresh ginger in a juicer, adding some honey and sipping on this throughout the day.
- For something a bit more exotic, try basil, ginger and black pepper. Add this to some simmering water (about 1 cup) and leave over heat until the liquid reduces right down to about half a cup. Add some honey and sip on this throughout the day.
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