Phlegm or mucus?
You will usually find phlegm in the back of the throat or in the lungs. It is produced by the lower airways. Mucus on the other hand will normally be found in the mucous membranes inside the nose. It acts like a filter protecting your lungs as you inhale. To clear it you simply blow your nose. Phlegm in throat however is thicker and more viscous. You usually only notice it when you cough it up. An excess of this secretion can be a symptom of a respiratory problem such as bronchitis.
How phlegm is removed from lungs
Although unpleasant, you can safely swallow mucus. This is because your body can safely reabsorb it. Phlegm however must be expelled from the body. Advice from healthcare professionals is to cough it up. This is because it will contain virus and dead bacteria. As you cough it up you are helping your body to get rid of the infection.
Can phlegm make you cough?
Secretions will be more of a problem at night. This is simply because of gravity. These secretions will feel heavy in your chest. This can bring on coughing. You can allieviate this by elevating your sleeping position. Simply prop yourself up more with a pillow. Coughing is actually your body’s natural way of expelling the phlegm. This will help you to get better.
When to see a doctor
The NHS recommend you see a doctor urgently if you cough up blood. They also recommend seeing your GP if:
- your cough is lasting for more than 3 weeks (persistent cough)
- your cough becomes worse quickly
- you have a pain in your chest
- you experience weight loss for no reason
- your neck at the side feels swollen and painful (swollen glands)
- breathing becomes more difficult
- your immune system is weak because of diabetes or chemotherapy for example
Break up phlegm with drugs – or drug-free
Expectorants can be prescribed to help increase bronchial secretion. They are intended to help make it easier to cough it up. But expectorants are medicines. Shaker by POWERbreathe however is an effective drug-free alternative.
Natural remedies for phlegm
A natural, home remedy for getting rid of phlegm in the throat or lungs is to use The Shaker by POWERbreathe. This hand-held, drug-free device literally ‘shakes’ the phlegm in your chest to make it more mobile. The shaking breaks the secretions down and makes it easier for you to cough it up.
How to get rid of phlegm in your lungs naturally
Inside the Shaker device is a weighted ball. As you breathe out through the device, the ball rises and then falls again under its own weight. This happens quickly and feels like vibrations. This vibration and gentle resistance dislodges and thins phlegm. You’re then more able to expel it by coughing.
Who can use the Shaker
Because the Shaker is drug-free and easy-to-use, children and adults can use it. And because it shakes up phlegm, it is ideal for people with respiratory problems. These include Chronic Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Emphysema, Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis. There are however some precautions which you will find on the Shaker Classic, Shaker Deluxe and Shaker Plus product pages.