- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Boogers, and How to Remove Them
- What to do about sinusitis
- Preventing sinusitis
- What to Do About Sinus Congestion and Mucus
- Sinus & Nasal Congestion
- How can I prevent nasal congestion?
- How can I treat nasal congestion?
- Sudden allergies: When a summer cold is much more
- Mucus is critical for the health of your respiratory and immune systems.
- Your mucus usually turns yellow when your body is fighting an infection.
- Yellow mucus isn’t necessarily a sign you need to see a doctor.
- How to Get Mucus Relief
- Home remedies for phlegm and mucus
- Anti-Mucus Diet: How to Know What to Eat and What to Avoid
- What Causes Increased Mucus?
- What Do I Need to Avoid on an Anti-Mucus Diet?
- What Can I Eat on an Anti-Mucus Diet?
- Eating Your Best Lung-Healthy Diet
- Start your Journey to Breathe Easier
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Boogers, and How to Remove Them
In most cases, picking your nose is a safe method, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you go spelunking in your nasal cavity:
- Use a tissue. Boogers are full of germs. To keep those pesky pieces of dried mucus from passing unwanted things to your hands (and then to your mouth or eyes), wrap your roving finger with a tissue.
- Wash your hands. Use soap and water. Your fingers can introduce germs that could make you sick. Then, once you’re done digging for gold, wash your hands again. No sink and soap? Hand sanitizer will do in a pinch.
- Don’t pry. If you feel a particularly persistent booger, don’t cram your finger in deeper. You may do more harm. Instead, try to loosen up the booger a bit first. You’ll read more on that in the next section.
- Blow your nose. If you’re not one to pick apart your nose contents, you can try blowing your nose. The steam of a hot shower may make the boogers more flexible, too. Grab a tissue, and give a toot. The contents may come out the other side.
- Don’t use a cotton swab. While they’re sleek and thin enough to make entry, you could do some damage to your nose and sinuses with those tools. That’s because it’s hard to gauge how deep you’re going.
Removing a scablike booger
From time to time, those sticky blobs of mucus turn into crusty cling-ons. They may have sharp edges and hang to your nose hairs. Removing them is painful — and potentially problematic.
When mucus dries to the walls of your nasal passages, it can stick to the delicate mucosa. When you go to remove it, you may get more than you bargained for. Ripping that skin could cause a nosebleed. You might also invite infection.
If you sense you have a clingy boogie, soften things up a bit.
Using a saline solution for nasal irrigation or a neti pot is common when you have congested sinuses. They help moisten mucus and sweep it away, either down your digestive system or out your nose. For boogers, they’ll help loosen them up and move them along on their journey.
Use either tool one to two times per day, or until you’ve been able to free the booger. Remember, it’s important to use tissues and wash your hands before and after.
If the booger still won’t budge, see a doctor. You may have a structural issue, like a nasal polyp, that’s preventing you from getting a clean sweep.
What to do about sinusitis
Nasal irrigation and decongestants can help in the treatment of chronic sinusitis by keeping mucus loose and nasal passages clear. The mucus-thinning agent guaifenesin (Mucinex) is another option. Nasal steroids may be added to help counter inflammation. Oral steroids are also effective, especially in reducing large polyps, but they can have serious long-term effects, such as weakened bones and greater susceptibility to infection.
Sometimes the main problem is anatomical, such as nasal polyps, a deviated septum, congenitally narrowed paranasal passages, or tissue thickened by years of infection. In this case, minimally invasive surgery may help, reducing the number and severity of sinus infections and sometimes restoring normal sinus function.
There are many things you can do to reduce your chance of developing sinusitis or to relieve early sinusitis symptoms. Here are some suggestions:
Bathe your nasal passages daily. Run water gently into the nasal passages to help clear excess mucus and moisten membranes. Good times to do it are in the morning and at night, when you brush your teeth.
Drink lots of water. Good hydration helps keep the mucus thin and loose.
Inhale steam. Linger in a hot shower. Or bring water to a boil, and pour it into a pan; place a towel over your head, and carefully bend over the pan to inhale the steam.
Avoid dry environments. A humidifier in your home (and where you work can help prevent nasal passages from drying out.
Sleep with your head elevated. Mucus pools in your sinuses at night when your head is down, so have your head propped up during sleep.
Be nice to your nose. Blow your nose gently, one nostril at a time. Forceful blowing can irritate the nasal passages and propel bacteria-laden mucus back up into your sinuses.
Avoid antihistamines unless prescribed. Antihistamines make mucus thick and hard to drain.
Be careful with decongestants. Tablets containing pseudoephedrine act on blood vessels to shrink membranes and keep nasal passages open. Nasal sprays also work well — and quickly. But using topical nasal decongestants for more than a day or two runs the risk of setting off a spiral of dependency as a result of rebound — increased swelling after the medication wears off. Oral decongestants can cause jitters and increase blood pressure, so if you have high blood pressure, don’t use them without consulting a clinician first.
April 2009 update
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What to Do About Sinus Congestion and Mucus
You’re sneezing, with a sore throat and mucus running out of your nose all day long; you know you’re sick.
But you might not know what’s causing your symptoms. Sinus congestion and excessive mucus production arise as your body tries to defend itself against foreign invaders — or when infection strikes.
Call it what you will, but that substance that comes out of your nose when you’re sick is mucus. The sinuses, which are hollow cavities filled with air located in the face, are lined with mucous membranes.
Mucous membranes are thin layers of moist tissues that produce the goopy material known as mucus, which you blow out of your nose or cough up when you have some sort of illness. It can be clear or yellow in color, and it has a thick, sticky consistency.
Mucus has an actual purpose. It’s secreted by the mucous membranes in order to protect the respiratory tract from tiny invaders like bacteria, viruses, germs, and allergens that you breathe. Mucus captures these germs to keep them from getting deeper into the respiratory tract. But sometimes the mucous membranes go a little overboard, and excessive mucus production results.
What Causes Excessive Mucus Production?
Nasal congestion, or a stuffy nose, occurs when the tissues that line your nasal passages become irritated, inflamed, and swollen, making breathing a challenge. It’s not mucus clogging your nose that causes those symptoms, although irritated nasal passages can lead to the production of excessive mucus. Sinus congestion occurs when the mucous membranes become irritated or infected and start to excrete more mucus than normal, filling those hollow areas with thick mucus.
Anything that irritates those mucous membranes can cause them to produce excessive mucus, including these health conditions:
- A bacterial infection
- A viral infection (like a cold or the flu)
- Allergies (including hay fever or sensitivity to dust mites)
- An object lodged inside the nose
- A sinus infection
- A head injury
- Excessive use of nasal sprays
When you’ve got too much mucus clogging your sinuses, it’s common to experience other symptoms too. The mucus can drain down your throat, for example, causing a cough and a sore throat. Excessive mucus can also back up into the ears, clogging them, causing tenderness, and sometimes resulting in an ear infection.
Ways to Get Excessive Mucus Under Control
There are several things you can do to get rid of excessive mucus and its accompanying symptoms like cough and sore throat. If you have a bacterial infection or allergies, your doctor may prescribe medication to ease inflammation and swelling and reduce the production of mucus.
At home, you can take these steps to thin out mucus and ease your sinus congestion:
- Try using a saline (not medicated) nasal spray a few times a day.
- Consider using a neti pot to rinse your sinuses (make sure you only utilize sterile, pre-boiled & cooled, or distilled water in it).
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids each day.
- Run a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist (be sure to follow manufacturer directions to clean the humidifier daily to avoid it becoming a source of sinus problems).
- Try an over-the-counter antihistamine.
Excessive mucus production is just your body’s way of protecting itself and keeping those germs out of your lungs — but the result can be serious discomfort until you can clear all of it up. Take care of yourself with home remedies to thin out the thick discharge, and see your doctor if your symptoms don’t improve.
Sinus & Nasal Congestion
How can I prevent nasal congestion?
You can help prevent nasal congestion due to cold and flu viruses by practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, avoid sharing drinking glasses or utensils, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers and avoid close contact with people who are sick. If your nasal congestion is allergy-related, it’s best to avoid allergens (such as dust, pollen, and smoke) that may irritate your nasal passageways. Using a good humidifier and nasal saline sprays or rinses can also help with nasal congestion due to allergies.
How can I treat nasal congestion?
Nonprescription vasoconstrictors, such as phenylephrine, relieve nasal congestion by shrinking the inflamed linings (or “mucosa”) of the nose through a process called “vasoconstriction” (constriction of the blood vessels). Shrinking these tissues opens the airways, reducing resistance and improving airflow.
For fast relief, try Sinex Daytime Liquicaps.—the non-drowsy formula contains a powerful pain reliever and phenylephrine, which can safely and effectively clear up nasal congestion. If your sinus congestion is worse at night, try Sinex Nightime Liquicaps. In addition to a pain reliever and decongestant, it contains an antihistamine to help stop sneezing and a runny nose so you can rest easier. Although Sinex Daytime and Night time do not cure nasal congestion, they both can help relieve your symptoms.
Sudden allergies: When a summer cold is much more
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL. (June 11, 2013) With temperatures in the 80s, the last thing anyone wants is a runny nose and constant sneezing to put a damper on vacation plans and outdoor festivals. While many blame their symptoms on a summer cold, it could be something much more.
“Contrary to popular belief, seasonal allergies don’t only strike in the spring and fall months,” said allergist Richard Weber, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Allergies are also common in the summer and can even last year-round for some sufferers.”
The most common allergy triggers during the summer months are grass pollens and mold spores. In fact, mold can be more bothersome than pollen. Mold spores are everywhere and commonly outnumber pollen grains in the air even when the pollen season is at its worst.
Adults that have never before had allergies can fall victim this summer. This sudden case of adult-onset allergies can be easy to mistake for a cold.
“Although allergies are most common in childhood, they can strike at any age in life,” said Dr. Weber. “Sometimes allergies go away, but can return several years later. Allergies tend to run in families which can make some people more susceptible than others.”
Cold and allergy symptoms can often mirror one another. According to the ACAAI, you can help rule out cold or allergies by asking yourself the following questions:
- Symptoms for two weeks? If you answered yes, you more likely have allergies. While colds might seem to linger forever, they are not as persistent as allergies.
- Escalating symptoms? If your symptoms evolve you might have a summer cold. Colds evolve, usually starting with a stuffy nose, throat irritation and low grade fever. Next comes the sneezing and a runny nose, with thickening mucus.
- Green or clear? Colored mucus probably isn’t the most pleasant symptom you want to think about. Mucus that turns yellow or green if often thought to indicate an infection, but could also be seen with allergies. Clear mucus can be with either the common cold or allergies.
- Have an itch or wheezing? Itchy eyes, throat, and nose, along with sneezing, usually mean allergy. If you also have asthma, you might be more likely to have an allergy. An estimated 75 to 80 percent of asthmatics also have an allergy.
Summer colds and allergies might not seem serious, but they can be. Both can progress and lead to other health complications.
If symptoms are persistent, you should see a board-certified allergist for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment. While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, an allergist may prescribe immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots. This form of treatment can put you on the fast track to relief and is known to modify and prevent diseases progression.For more information about allergies, and to take an allergy relief self-test, visit www.AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.
If you’ve ever peeked into your tissue after blowing your nose and glimpsed yellow mucus, you may have wondered what your body was trying to tell you. Fear not! Mucus the color of lemonade is a sign that your body is doing what it’s supposed to do when faced with outside intruders.
Mucus is critical for the health of your respiratory and immune systems.
This slimy stuff helps warm and humidify the air you breathe, Anthony Del Signore, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology and director of rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, tells SELF. This is important because breathing air that’s too cold and dry can aggravate your airways, which is why it can burn like hell to breathe outside in wintertime. So, even though mucus is kind of gross, it contributes a fair amount to your physical comfort.
Mucus is meant to keep you comfortable in another way, too: as a vigilant guard on the front lines of your body’s biological defense system, Michael Benninger, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute, tells SELF. Mucus traps foreign invaders that could make you ill, including viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Ideally, little hairlike projections called cilia then shuffle those invaders to the front of your nose so you sneeze them out, meaning they can’t enter your lungs and make you sick. (This dirty mucus can also slip down your throat, but if invaders get to your lungs, you might cough to clear them out.)
Your mucus usually turns yellow when your body is fighting an infection.
When your mucus traps potential illness-causing debris, like pathogens that cause the common cold or flu, your immune system sends inflammatory cells such as white blood cells to the area to help destroy the invaders, Dr. Benninger explains. It’s this inflammatory response—not the agents of infection themselves—that causes the signature shift in mucus hue, Dr. Benninger says.
One of the first responders to microbial invaders is a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil. Neutrophils are full of myloperoxidase, an enzyme that contains green-colored heme, or iron. When super concentrated, these green neutrophils can make your mucus appear straight-up verdant. But when less concentrated, the mucus appears pale green—which, depending on how your eyes work, might look yellow to you instead.
You may also notice that your mucus is a deeper shade of yellow (or looks like it has gone from yellow to green) after several days of being sick, not blowing your nose for a while, or when you wake up in the morning. When mucus sits around in your nasal passages for prolonged periods, these inflammatory cells can build up and tint your mucus more intensely, Dr. Benninger explains. “The less you clear it out, the more it becomes discolored,” he says.
So, when you’ve got yellow mucus, you should blow your nose often to clear out any trapped debris and keep things moving.
Yellow mucus isn’t necessarily a sign you need to see a doctor.
What really matters is your accompanying symptoms and how long they stick around, Dr. Benninger says. While you know your body better than anyone and should take a trip to the doctor if you’re feeling unusually horrible, it’s good to know that some of the most common illnesses involving yellow mucus will typically clear up on their own without medication.
For example, the common cold usually lasts 7 to 10 days, according to the Mayo Clinic. A viral sinus infection typically begins to clear up after 5 to 7 days, while a bacterial sinus infection may last 7 to 10 days, hang around for longer than that, or even worsen around a week in before eventually fading, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
In the meantime, you can use over-the-counter meds and at-home care to manage symptoms of these kinds of illnesses. Methods include anti-inflammatories for pain and fever, nasal irrigation, and decongestants if you have an especially clogged nose, Dr. Benninger says. (You shouldn’t use decongestants that constrict your nasal blood vessels for more than three days, though, or they can cause rebound congestion. Learn more about that here.)
If you still feel like something stuck on the bottom of a shoe after around a week of being sick, you might want to check in with a doctor. It’s possible that you could need something like antibiotics to clear up a bacterial sinus infection. No matter what’s going on, your doctor can help determine the cause of your yellow mucus and get your snot crystal-clear again.
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How to Get Mucus Relief
From moisturizing your body to protecting it from harmful bacteria, mucus plays an important role in health. When it thickens because of allergies, smoking, dry air or an infection such as the flu, a cold or sinusitis, it can make breathing difficult and interfere with your overall well-being. Simple steps can help minimize these issues. For long-lasting or severe symptoms, consult your doctor.
Humidifiers and vaporizers help ease mucus symptoms by adding moisture to the air you breathe. This is important because dry air makes it tougher for mucus to flow through your sinuses and nose normally, causing blockages. Vaporizers use heat to create boiling water, which adds steam to the air. Humidifiers release cool mist. For best results and safety, follow the instructions for the device and keep the device you use clean.
Decongestants, expectorants and antihistamines can go a long way toward managing mucus. Decongestants limit blood flow in your nose and reduce the amount of mucus produced there. If allergies are causing your flare-up, antihistamines can help by limiting or blocking histamine, which your body produces during allergic reactions. Expectorants, such as Mucinex®, thin mucus down, making it easier for your body to get rid of it.
Avoid overusing decongestants and antihistamines, which can lead to increased congestion. They may also cause side effects, such as nervousness and high blood pressure. No matter which medication you use, always follow dosing instructions.
Nasal irrigation can help ease a stuffy nose caused by mucus buildup. Useful options include neti pots, squeeze bottles and syringes. All of these methods involve shooting saline up your nostrils to loosen the mucus. Make sure you use new or sterile equipment and rinse it well after each use, letting it air dry afterward. Irrigate only occasionally because frequent use can reduce the good bacteria in your nose as well.
You can also take steps to prevent mucus from recurring or happening in the first place.
- Wash your hands well and routinely to prevent catching an infection, such as a cold or the flu.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting a flu shot annually as the number one way to prevent the flu.
- If you’re prone to allergy flare-ups or sinus infections, consider using a humidifier consistently – particularly during cold, dry months.
- Avoid smoking or take steps to cut back or quit. Limiting how much time you areexposed to secondhand smoke can also help.
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Home remedies for phlegm and mucus
Share on PinterestDrinking fluids, keeping the head elevated, and using nasal sprays may help to get rid of phlegm and mucus.
Taking the following actions can help to eliminate excess mucus and phlegm:
1. Keeping the air moist. Dry air irritates the nose and throat, causing more mucus to form as a lubricant. Placing a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom can promote better sleep, keeping the nose clear and preventing a sore throat.
2. Drinking plenty of fluids. The body needs to stay hydrated to keep mucus thin. When a person is sick with a cold, drinking extra fluids can thin the mucus and help the sinuses to drain. People with seasonal allergies may also find that staying hydrated helps to avoid congestion.
3. Applying a warm, wet washcloth to the face. This can be a soothing remedy for a pounding sinus headache. Inhaling through a damp cloth is a quick way to return moisture to the nose and throat. The heat will help to relieve pain and pressure.
4. Keeping the head elevated. When the buildup of mucus is particularly bothersome, it may help to sleep propped up on a few pillows or in a reclining chair. Lying flat can increase discomfort, because it may feel as though mucus is collecting at the back of the throat.
5. Not suppressing a cough. It may be tempting to use suppressants when experiencing a nagging, phlegm-filled cough. However, coughing is the body’s way of keeping secretions out of the lungs and throat. Use cough syrups sparingly, if at all.
6. Discreetly getting rid of phlegm. When phlegm rises from the lungs into the throat, the body is likely trying to remove it. Spitting it out is healthier than swallowing it.
Share on PinterestA saline nasal spray or rinse may help to clear out mucus.
7. Using a saline nasal spray or rinse. A saline spray or irrigator can clear out mucus and allergens from the nose and sinuses. Look for sterile sprays that contain only sodium chloride, and be sure to use sterile or distilled water when irrigating.
8. Gargling with salt water. This can soothe an irritated throat and may help to clear away residual mucus. One teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can be gargled several times per day.
9. Using eucalyptus. Eucalyptus products have used to subdue coughs and reduce mucus for years. They are usually applied directly to the chest. A few drops of eucalyptus oil can also be added to a diffuser or a warm bath to help clear the nose.
10. Not smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke. Smoking and secondhand smoke cause the body to produce more phlegm and mucus.
11. Minimizing the use of decongestants. While they dry secretions and can alleviate a runny nose, decongestants may make it harder to get rid of phlegm and mucus.
12. Taking the right medicine. Medications known as expectorants can help to thin mucus and phlegm, making them easier to cough or blow out. However, check to make sure that these medications do not also contain decongestants.
13. Keeping allergies in check. Seasonal allergies can lead to a runny or stuffy nose, as well as excess mucus and phlegm.
14. Avoiding irritants. Chemicals, fragrances, and pollution can irritate the nose, throat, and lower airways. This causes the body to produce more mucus.
15. Keeping track of food reactions. Some foods can cause reactions that mimic seasonal allergies. They may cause the nose to run and the throat to itch, leading to excess mucus. Make a record of any foods that trigger an increase in phlegm or mucus.
16. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Both substances lead to dehydration if consumed in excess. When mucus and phlegm are an issue, drink plenty of warm, non-caffeinated beverages.
17. Taking a hot bath or shower. Time spent in a steam-filled bathroom will help to loosen and clear mucus in the nose and throat. Allowing hot water to pulse on the face can also bring relief from sinus pressure.
18. Blowing the nose gently. It may be tempting to keep blowing until thick mucus comes out. However, doing so too forcefully may hurt the sinuses, leading to pain, pressure, and possibly infection.
19. Eating plenty of fruit. One study found that a diet rich in fiber from fruit, and possibly soy, may lead to fewer respiratory problems linked to phlegm.
20. Avoiding foods that cause acid reflux. Acid reflux can lead to an increase in phlegm and mucus. People prone to heartburn should avoid trigger foods and ask a doctor about proper management.
Anti-Mucus Diet: How to Know What to Eat and What to Avoid
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People living with chronic lung diseases often have trouble with increased mucus production. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis tend to cause more increased mucus production than other types of chronic lung diseases. Otherwise known as phlegm or sputum, mucus traps debris and other organisms, so they can be cleared from the lungs when you cough. While mucus is naturally occurring and helps protect your respiratory system, too much mucus can cause throat discomfort, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing. Here are some tips for an anti-mucus diet, how to know what to eat and what to avoid.
What Causes Increased Mucus?
Mucus is thick and slippery and is secreted by glands and cells in your body. Overproduction, hypersecretion and decreased clearance of phlegm makes mucus accumulate in the lungs. Commonly, your body will tell your cells to produce and secrete mucus as a result of environmental irritants. If you smoke, the cilia or tiny hair-like structures in your lungs become damaged, and cilia are responsible for clearing mucus. Damaged cilia are unable to clear mucus, so the mucus remains stuck in your airways.
What Do I Need to Avoid on an Anti-Mucus Diet?
Everyone is different, and what worsens mucus production for one person may not worsen it for others. However, there are certain foods that may worsen mucus production and thickness. Typically, foods cause increased mucus production if you are allergic or intolerant to them. Allergies can cause your body to produce more mucus than normal, and people living with chronic conditions may have a higher likelihood of developing allergies to certain foods.
Common Food Allergies Include:
- Tree nuts
If eating a certain food seems to worsen your mucus production, tell your doctor and ask about allergy testing.
Foods Naturally Containing Histamine:
When you have an allergic response, your body releases histamine. Interestingly, certain foods naturally contain some histamine or tend to increase histamine production. Having increased histamine levels can cause your body to make more mucus. For example, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, eggs and chocolate may increase histamine levels.
It’s important to keep in mind that some foods may cause increased mucus for some people and not for others. Always talk with your doctor before changing your diet.
Here are some common foods that naturally contain histamine:
- Process Meats (hot dogs, bacon, ham and cold cuts)
- Dried Fruits
- Cheeses, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Buttermilk
- Smoked Fish, Sardines, Anchovies
- Alcoholic Beverages, Cider
What Can I Eat on an Anti-Mucus Diet?
Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for you. Before changing to an anti-mucus diet, be sure to talk with your doctor. Look for foods that may reduce mucus production. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. In fact, antioxidants help support your body’s ability to stay healthy and to heal if you become ill. Vitamin C, for example, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help open the airways and reduce wheezing.
Fruits and Vegetables to Try:
- Citrus Fruits
- Leafy Greens
- Bell Peppers
Some of the foods listed above may cause increased gas and bloating, such as broccoli. Gas and bloating can put pressure on the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. If certain foods cause more gas, your doctor may advise you to limit how much of those foods you eat.
Think Anti-Inflammatory for Anti-Mucus
Olive oil is a good source of unsaturated fat, and it contains oleocanthal, which may produce effects similar to anti-inflammatory medications. Consider cooking with olive oil instead of butter or margarine.
Warm fluids help break-up mucus, flush your system of toxins and promote hydration. Soups and teas aren’t just for when you have a cold or illness. Clear broth soups, meaning soups without cream or dairy, and warm decaffeinated tea can loosen mucus and provide added hydration.
Certain fish, seeds, nuts and more contain essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and phlegm. Sources of omega-3s include:
- Lake Trout
- Pumpkin Seeds
Other Foods for an Anti-Mucus Diet Include:
Even some foods you might not have thought to try have been found to reduce mucus production. Try adding these foods to your meals for added taste and extra nutrients:
Eating Your Best Lung-Healthy Diet
As we mentioned above, everyone is unique, has varying food sensitivities, has a range of dietary needs and is affected differently by the foods eaten. What works for one person may not work for another. With that in mind, always discuss changes to your diet with your doctor before you try something new. In combination with the guidelines above, we hope you enjoy finding the best anti-mucus diet for you.
Often, people use healthy diet and eating habits along with exercise and staying on a treatment plan to help them breathe better. Treatments can vary from medications to oxygen therapy to cellular therapy. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cellular therapy options contact us.
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