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What to Do if You Are Coughing Up Green Mucus – updated article
Many people tend to get worried if they cough up green mucus. Most of the time this is actually normal. Some believe that the presence of mucus indicates that there is something wrong with them, but in fact, it is just the natural immune response of the body to various invaders that attack it.
If you are coughing up green mucus, it actually means that whatever illness you had is coming to an end. If you see yellow mucus, it means that your immune system is still fighting the invader. If your mucus is clear, then you must be in the beginning stages of the illness.
Unfortunately, there are still many people who believe that if they cough up green mucus, then it means they have a bacterial infection. So, they hurry to their doctor and ask for an antibiotics prescription. It’s important to understand that this is the last thing you should be doing, because antibiotics will definitely not help. Even if you did have a viral infection, antibiotics will only make the bacterial resistance to the treatment stronger.
So, what can you do to speed up the natural process of mucus coming out? First of all, you should drink a lot of fluids of all kinds, since this makes the mucus thinner and decreases congestion levels. It is best to drink warm fluids, like chicken soup or hot lime green tea. Orange juice is also very good, since the Vitamin C it contains helps you recover from an illness faster.
The most natural way to get rid of chest congestion and green mucus is to mix eucalyptus oil with boiling water. Use 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil for one pot of water when you make this mixture. For best results, put a towel over your head and lean over the pot to inhale all the steam you can, covering the pot with a towel as well.
If you want to get rid of green mucus, one thing not to do is take throat lozenges or cough suppressants. They might only make your problem worse. Anything that is designed to numb the pain or suppress a cough will actually create more mucus build-up, because you are basically turning off the necessary mechanisms in your body, which are supposed to fight the illness.
Another thing you shouldn’t do is swallow the green mucus if it wants to come out. This mucus is full of infection fighting substances, such as immunoglobulins and glycoproteins. Essentially, when you cough up green mucus, it’s a sign that the substance has already served its purpose and should be eliminated. If you swallow it instead, it will reintroduce the mucus back into your system, which only perpetuates the problem. For the original story, and further information on green mucus, click here
The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.
|Respiratory Problems1 Sep 2010|