Wintertime brings with it practically impossible avoidance of the ordinary cold or flu, and many find it difficult to return to work while suffering from the bothersome symptoms.
Respiratory sickness symptoms frequently include constant sneezing, a runny nose, and a persistent cough, but trying to communicate with phlegm on your throat is beyond frustrating.
Fortunately, a doctor has offered a ‘simple’ way to ease persistent phlegm within seconds, and many were startled to discover that it truly works. In this blog, we’ll discuss more of its trick so you can do it the next time phlegm becomes your problem!
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How to Get Rid of Phlegm Fast
Dr Jun Reyes explained the “very effective” procedure for clearing mucus from the neck and upper chest area.
Start the relieving process by taking five deep breaths through your nose while feeling your abdomen expand. This is known as diaphragmatic breathing. Hold your breath for five to seven seconds after that.
Next – using a glass of water with a straw – exhale slowly and softly through the straw, making bubbles in the water.
Dr Reyes said: “This will help create moisture in the throat and help loosen the mucus.”
The last technique is to puff cough, which is expelling all of your breath in a single, fast breath. “Exhale forcefully, but slowly, in a continuous exhalation to move mucus from the smaller to the larger airways,” says Dr. Reyes.
The VCU Medical Centre advises huffing coughing while maintaining an open back of the throat. Dr. Reyes advises carrying out this procedure three to five times, or until it clears.
Meanwhile, the NHS has also shared other ways to remove a build up of phlegm – which is also known as catarrh – this includes:
- Drink plenty of water
- Sip ice cold water when you need to clear your throat, rather than coughing or swallowing
- Use a humidifier to help loosen the mucus in your nose and throat
- Use an extra pillow in bed so you sleep in a more upright position, rather than lying flat
- Try gargling with salt water
- Rinsing your nose with salt water
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