It’s definitely annoying when you throw up sticky and jelly grey substance from deep down your chest. You are sure it is not plain mucus that you cough up day in and day out, when you have cold in your nose. Than what it is? It is jelly like mucus; medical people call it as ‘phlegm’.
Do not consider phlegm as something bad, it is simply the mucus composed of dead bacteria, virus, dust particles, dead cells and tissues. Phlegm is just a waste product expelled by the bronchial linings and air passages.
Phlegm can be of different colors, it can be grey, green, brown or reddish brown and yellow. It gives you a hint of type of infection or damage caused to your respiratory tract. Grey phlegm is usually the result of tar and raisins from the inhaled smoke and dust. Have you seen smokers expelling grey phlegm?
Green or yellow phlegm indicates your body is fighting some sort of bacterial or viral infection in your lungs. Brownish or red streaked bloody phlegm is something more serious. Whatever may be the color, it is important to consult your physician right away, because it may be due to bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, or something more serious such as lung cancer.
What Causes Constant Phlegm In Throat?
It is very difficult to distinguish between the phlegm from the throat and phlegm from the lungs.
- You feel something has stuck in your throat and you try to clear it out. It is due to post nasal drip, a common sequel of cold in your nose. When you sleep at night, the fluid from the nose drops down in the throat, it gets accumulated to form mucus and phlegm.
- If you are sensitive to pollens, allergic to perfumes and irritants, you may feel adhesive mucus which is difficult to detach, it’s nothing but phlegm in your throat. There may be associated burning, itching in your throat and sneezing.
- During third trimester of pregnancy, many women complain of accumulation of mucus in the throat. It is a common hormonal problem during pregnancy which results in excess mucus built up in the throat.
How To Get Rid Of Phlegm In Your Throat?
Meanwhile, let us find ways to get rid of phlegm, more so in a natural way.
- Steam inhalation is the time tested method for removing overabundance of phlegm in a natural way. More importantly the inhaled steam can reach deep down your air passages, it tries to liquefy the thick mucus stuck to the linings of the air tube. The method is simple, boil water in a pot. Carefully remove the pot from the stove. Add few drops of eucalyptus oil after the water has boiled. Put towel on your head and inhale the steam for few minutes.
- It is for smokers: that’s right, quit smoking and your phlegm will go. Respiratory infections are common, but more common and serious in smokers. If you are smoking, quit it, it’s the right time before it’s too late when your phlegm might be streaked with blood, a sign of serious illness, tuberculosis or lung cancer.
- Garlic the natural phlegm expectorant: since olden days, garlic is used as a home remedy to expel the phlegm from the lungs. Besides, garlic is a natural antibacterial. Chew a clove of fresh garlic once in the morning with milk.
- Drink water: water is a good expectorant. Drinking water eases the phlegm to come out without any difficulty.
- Basil leaves potion: this magic potion helps to get rid of phlegm in the lungs in more effective way. Take 10 to 20 basil leaves in a pot of water, 1 tsp of shredded ginger, pinch of crushed pepper and pinch of salt. Boil all the ingredients. After few minutes, strain the liquid and add 1 tsp of honey. Take 1 tsp of prepared potion once in the morning, afternoon and evening.