Get Rid of Congestion Naturally

Congestion occurs when excessive fluid and mucus build up in your lungs and sinuses leading to sinus infections, colds, and nasty coughs with difficulty breathing. Though it normally lasts only a few days or maybe a week, in some cases it can last for longer and become recurrent. Those suffering from allergies can often suffer from recurrent congestion. If the congestion moves into the chest it can be a cause for concern if the patient has asthma. Seek medical care if you have asthma and a congested cough.

 

How do I know if I am congested?

  • Deep chested cough with movement
  • Urge to clear the throat often
  • Tickling sensation at the back of the throat
  • Severe headaches
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulties talking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Labored breathing
  • Wheezing

If you have any of the following seek medical attention immediately:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Severe chest pain
  • Crackling sounds from the chest
  • High fever
  • Changes in the colors of fingernails and the skin around the mouth
  • Skin rash
  • Stiff neck
  • Chills
  • Shaking

 

How do I prevent congestion?

  • Treat any allergies quickly
  • Drink lots of water
  • Get lots of rest
  • Exercise regularly
  • Wash your hands often especially in public places
  • Take steps to control colds, flu, pneumonia and other illnesses

 

How can I treat congestion?

  • Make a salt water gargle and gargle three times a day to soothe the throat and clear out any bacteria and viruses.
  • Inhale steam from a neti pot every day. Try adding eucalyptus oil to the pot to help loosen up mucus.
  • Apply diluted oils to the chest to loosen phlegm and mucus.
  • Drink herbal teas to help loosen mucus.
  • Spicy foods can help you cough up mucus and will make your nose run.
  • Up your intake of vitamins C and E as they boost the immune system.

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