Phlegm and mucus – the same thing?
You usually find phlegm in the back of your throat or in your lungs. It originates from the lower respiratory tract. On the other hand, mucus is usually found on the nasal mucosa. It acts as a filter to protect the lungs during inhalation. All you have to do is blow your nose to remove it. However, phlegm in the throat is thick and sticky. It is usually seen during coughing. An excess of this secretion can be a symptom of respiratory diseases such as bronchitis.
How mucus is formed
Our body produces mucus and phlegm to stay healthy. It’s a protective, slippery substance that forms in your throat, sinuses, and lungs. This substance protects your body’s cells and helps trap irritants and bacteria. However, if bacteria or viruses overcome your body’s natural defenses, more phlegm is produced. For most people, excess mucus and phlegm clears up without any problems. However, in some cases, the bronchi become filled with mucus, making the lungs vulnerable to infection. These conditions are bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. Either way, when you cough, your body needs to get rid of this substance.
In natural amounts, mucus acts as a natural filter for bacteria. Your lungs are very vulnerable to bacteria and infections. Since the lungs are an internal organ, the oxygen we breathe goes directly to the lungs. Learn more about how to improve lung health.
How to remove mucus from the lungs
Although unpleasant, mucus is safe to swallow. Because your body can safely reabsorb it. However, phlegm must be removed from the body. Advice from health workers – cough. Because it will contain viruses and dead bacteria. When you cough, it helps your body rid itself of infection. There are also effective cough relievers, such as POWERbreathe’s Shaking Mucus Clearing Device.
Can phlegm cause a cough?
Going out at night will be more problematic. It is simply due to gravity. This discharge will give a strong blow to the chest. It causes coughing. You can reduce this by elevating your sleeping position. Just prop yourself up with a pillow. In fact, coughing is your body’s natural way of getting rid of phlegm. It will help you get better.
When to see a doctor?
The National Health Service recommends seeking immediate medical attention if you cough up blood. They also recommend seeing a doctor if:
your cough lasts more than 3 weeks (persistent cough)
your cough gets worse quickly
your chest hurts
You are losing weight for no reason
Swollen neck and flank pain (swollen glands)
breathing becomes more difficult
You have a weakened immune system due to diabetes or chemotherapy
Sputum is broken down with or without medication
Expectorants may be given to increase bronchial secretions. These are for cough relief. But expectorants are drugs. But the POWERbreathe shaker is an effective drug-free alternative.
A natural remedy for phlegm
A natural way to get rid of phlegm in the throat and lungs is to use the POWERbreathe shaker. This drug-free hand-held device “shakes” the mucus in the chest to make it more mobile. Shaking breaks up secretions and makes expectoration easier.
How to get rid of phlegm naturally
Inside the vibrator is a weighted ball. When breathing through the device, the balloon rises and then falls again under its own weight. It happens quickly and feels like a vibration. This vibration and gentle resistance expels and thins the phlegm. Then it can be pushed by coughing.