4 tips to help manage overproduction of mucus and phlegm


Mucus plays an essential role in our bodily function. It lines our tissues, and its slippery texture helps protect and moisturize while trapping potential irritants.

Overproduction of mucus and phlegm can become a hindrance in everyday life and usually develops when you:

  • Have a cold
  • Have allergies
  • Have irritated sinuses (sinusitis)
  • Are exposed to smoke or pollution

Here are a few tips to help you manage overproduction of mucus and phlegm:

  • Drink plenty of water and limit the consumption of dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol.
  • Use a saline nasal spray to help rinse and hydrate tissues in your nose and sinuses.
  • Use a humidifier as it helps your body moisturize your throat and nasal passages and may also help reduce mucus and phlegm production.
  • Check filters on heating and cooling systems to ensure they are clean and functioning well to keep the air free from dust and other potential irritants.

However, if the issue persists or if you experience fever, night sweats, unexplained weight loss, nasal obstruction, loss of sense of smell, or nasal bleeding along with overproduction of mucus and phlegm, seek immediate medical intervention.

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