Get rid of nasal mucus

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Get rid of nasal mucus
Get rid of nasal mucus

Nasal mucus is a clear, sticky liquid that acts as a filter against unwanted particles that want to enter the body from the air through the nose. Mucus is a natural part of the immune system, but sometimes too much is produced. Dealing with excess mucus can seem like a frustrating and never-ending task. The best way to get rid of excess mucus in your nasal passages is to determine what is producing so much and address the underlying problem. Common causes are allergic reactions, non-allergic rhinitis, infections and structural abnormalities.


Method 1 of 4: Get medical advice

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Step 1. See your doctor if you notice any signs of infection

If you constantly have problems with mucus in your nose or a stuffy nose, you may have bacteria trapped in your sinuses that are causing you to have a sinus infection.

  • Symptoms of a sinus infection include prolonged pressure on the sinuses, constipation, pain, and headaches lasting more than seven days.
  • If you get a fever, you may have a sinus infection.
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Step 2. Notice if the mucus changes

If the mucus turns green, yellow, or starts to smell bad, you may have bacteria in your cavities that caused inflammation.

  • If your cavities are clogged, the mucus and bacteria can get trapped. If the blockage is not cleared, the trapped bacteria can cause inflammation.
  • You can also get a viral sinus infection if the blockage and pressure are caused by a cold or the flu.
  • Antibiotics will not work if the infection is caused by a virus. If you have a cold or the flu, take zinc, vitamin C and/or nasal drops.
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Step 3. Take antibiotics as directed

If the doctor has determined that you have a bacterial sinus infection, he/she can prescribe you antibiotics. Make sure you take them exactly as prescribed and finish the course.

  • Even if you feel better soon, you should still finish the treatment. If you don't, the strain of bacteria can become resistant to the antibiotics. It's also good because bacteria can still be hiding in your cavities.
  • Note that some doctors prescribe antibiotics before the test results are back that show whether it is really a bacterial infection. Ask the doctor to take a culture to make sure you are prescribed the correct antibiotics.
  • If symptoms persist after the course of antibiotics is over, let your doctor know. You may need another course of treatment.
  • Talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested for allergies, or if you can take other precautions if this happens more often.
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Step 4. Seek medical help if problems persist

In some cases, people continue to suffer from excess mucus production no matter what treatment they try.

  • If you have persistent problems with rhinitis or excessive mucus production, talk to your doctor.
  • You may have to undergo several tests to find out if you are allergic to things in your home or work.
  • In addition, you may have developed a nasal polyp or other structural change in your sinuses that is causing the problem to persist.
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Step 5. Ask your doctor about structural abnormalities

The most common abnormality that causes excess mucus is the development of nasal polyps.

  • Nasal polyps can develop slowly. Small polyps often go unnoticed and do not cause any complaints.
  • Large polyps can impede the flow of air through your cavities, and can cause irritation that causes your body to produce more mucus.
  • Other abnormalities are also possible, such as an abnormality of the nasal septum or enlarged tonsils, although these usually do not cause excessive mucus production.
  • Injury to the nose or surrounding tissue can also lead to structural abnormalities, and can sometimes result in excessive mucus production. Talk to your doctor if you have recently suffered an injury to your face or nose.

Method 2 of 4: Making lifestyle changes

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Step 1. Use a nasal canister

A nasal jug, or neti pot, resembles a small teapot. When used properly, a nasal canister can help flush mucus and trapped irritants from your sinuses and moisturize your nose.

  • It works by pouring a saline solution in through one nostril, after which it comes out through the other nostril, washing out germs and unwanted substances.
  • Fill the nasal jug with about 120 ml of saline, hang over the counter, turn your head to the side and put the spout in your top nostril.
  • Tilt the container so that the solution flows into your nose, then let it run out through the lower nostril. Repeat the procedure on the other side.
  • This process is called wetting, because you flush your nasal passages with a liquid, removing unwanted mucus and irritants that cause the mucus. Use the nasal canister once or twice a day.
  • A nasal canister has a moisturizing and calming effect on the cavities. You can buy it at the health food store or on the Internet, and it is inexpensive. Make sure you clean the jar well after use.
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Step 2. Make your own saline

If you like to make your own saline, use filtered or distilled water. You can also use water that has been boiled and cooled. Do not use tap water, as it can contain dirt and irritants.

  • Put 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 240ml of water. Do not use regular table salt. Mix it well and then put it in your nasal can.
  • You can store the solution in a sealed container, preferably in the refrigerator, for up to five days. Put it at room temperature before using it.
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Step 3. Place a warm compress on your face

A warm compress can relieve pain from pressure on your sinuses and loosen mucus so you can blow it out of your nose more easily.

  • Wet a washcloth or small towel with very warm water. Place it on your face where you feel the most pressure.
  • Generally these are your eyes, the area above your eyebrows, your nose and your cheeks just below your eyes.
  • Rewarm the washcloth every five minutes, then place it back on your face to reduce the pain and pressure.
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Step 4. Sleep with your head slightly raised

This can help to relieve pressure on your sinuses and prevent mucus from building up in the nose.

Get enough rest to keep your body strong so you can fight the sinus infection and reduce excess mucus

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Step 5. Humidify the air in your living space

Dry air can irritate the sinuses and cause a stuffy or runny nose.

  • Humidifiers come in two types, with cool water vapor or warm mist, but there are different types of each. If you often suffer from dry cavities that lead to pain, irritation and excess mucus, you can purchase a humidifier.
  • A houseplant can also make the air more humid. This may be an option for you in lieu of, or in addition to, a humidifier.
  • Other simple ways to temporarily dampen the air include boiling a pot of water on the stove, leaving the bathroom door open when you shower or bathe, and drying your laundry indoors.
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Step 6. Use steam

Steam helps loosen mucus in your chest, nose, and throat, making it easier to get rid of.

  • Boil a pot of water, hang your head over it, and inhale the steam for a few minutes.
  • Put a towel over your head to trap the steam underneath.
  • A hot shower can also help loosen the mucus.
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Step 7. Avoid irritants

Being exposed to irritants such as smoke or strong chemical smells can also cause you to produce more mucus. Sometimes the mucus runs down the back of your throat, and sometimes your lungs also start producing mucus due to certain irritants. You then get the feeling that you have to cough to loosen the mucus there.

  • If you smoke, stop smoking. Also try to avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette or cigar smoke.
  • Try to avoid outdoor situations where garbage is being burned, and sit with the wind at your back when there is a campfire, if you know it will cause excessive slime build-up.
  • Other pollution that we inhale can also cause cavity problems. Watch out for dust, pet dander, mold and yeast in your home or workplace. Make sure to clean your humidifier's filter regularly.
  • Exhaust fumes, chemicals at work, and even smog can create more mucus. This is called non-allergic rhinitis.
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Step 8. Protect your cavities from sudden temperature changes

If your job requires you to be outside when it's cold, it can cause more mucus once you're back in a warmer environment.

  • Keep your face and nose warm if you have to be outside in the cold.
  • Put on a hat, and even consider getting a balaclava.
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Step 9. Blow your nose

Blow your nose gently and appropriately. Experts believe that blowing your nose often causes more problems than it solves.

  • Blow your nose gently. Blow one nostril at a time.
  • If you blow too hard, there will be too much pressure on your cavities. If there are already unwanted irritants in your nose, blowing them can sometimes get them even deeper into your cavities.
  • Always use a clean handkerchief when you blow your nose, and wash your hands afterwards to avoid spreading bacteria and germs.

Method 3 of 4: Taking over-the-counter remedies

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Step 1. Take antihistamines

A remedy with antihistamines can be very helpful for cavity problems caused by an allergy.

  • Antihistamines work by blocking the body's response to certain allergens. This reaction produces histamine, and antihistamines minimize the reaction to the allergens or irritants.
  • Antihistamines work especially well in people who know they have an allergy. Some are seasonal, others can occur all year round.
  • Seasonal problems are caused by substances from plants in our environment that can bloom from spring to autumn.
  • Year-round allergy sufferers are allergic to things that are hard to avoid. That can be anything from dust mites to animals.
  • Antihistamines do help, but allergy sufferers may need more intensive therapy. Consult with your doctor about the options.
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Step 2. Use decongestants

Decongestants are available in the form of nasal drops or nasal spray.

Decongestants work by constricting the blood vessels, causing the swollen tissue to shrink. Mucus can then be removed more easily from the cavities, allowing you to breathe better again

Step 3. Products containing pseudoephedrine, originally marketed as Sudafed, can be purchased without a prescription

Step 4. You may be asked for identification and your purchase will be registered

This is done for your safety to prevent the illegal use of pseudoephedrine.

Step 5. Talk to your doctor about taking oral decongestants if you have heart disease or hypertension

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Step 6. Use a nasal spray to clear the cavities

Although these products quickly clear the cavities, which reduces the pressure, you have to be careful because you can become addicted to these substances if you use them for more than three days.

The addiction means your body adjusts to the drug, and the constipation and pressure come back even worse once you stop taking it. To avoid this, never use them for more than three days in a row

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Step 7. Have your doctor prescribe a nasal spray with corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatories that can reduce inflammation in the nasal passages, which will reduce the runny nose and excess mucus caused by irritants or allergens. They are mainly used by people who have chronic problems with their cavities.

  • Corticosteroids are available by prescription only. Examples include Fluticasone and Triamcinolone.
  • Most people who use corticosteroid nasal sprays feel relief after a few days. Make sure you follow the directions in the package insert carefully.
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Step 8. Use a saline nasal spray

A saline solution clears the cavities and moisturizes your nostrils. Use the spray as it says in the package insert and be patient. You probably won't notice it much the first few times, but after repeated use you will notice that it helps.

  • A saline nasal spray works the same as a nasal canister. It moisturizes the damaged and irritated nasal mucosa and removes irritants and allergens.
  • A saline spray is effective for clearing a runny nose and reducing excess mucus that is blocking your nose.

Method 4 of 4: Natural remedies

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Step 1. Drink enough

Drinking water or other liquids helps to thin the mucus. Although you want to get rid of that stuffy or runny nose right away, drinking a lot makes the mucus loose and liquid. This makes it easier for your body to get rid of it, so that you get better again.

  • Warm liquids help in two ways. You reach your daily recommended amount of fluids, and you breathe in steam.
  • Anything warm is good, such as coffee, hot tea, or even a cup of soup.
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Step 2. Make a warm grog

A recipe for making a hot grog is hot water, a little whiskey or other alcohol, fresh lemon juice and a spoonful of honey.

  • There is scientific evidence that a warm toddy can help with nasal congestion, excess mucus, sinus pressure, sore throat and other symptoms associated with the common cold.
  • Don't drink too much alcohol, as it can actually swell your cavities, making the constipated feeling worse and making you more mucus. Drinking a lot or often alcohol harms your health, so that should be avoided.
  • Make an alcohol-free toddy by using your favorite tea instead of water and alcohol. Add fresh lemon juice and honey.
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Step 3. Drink herbal tea

Besides the benefit of the steam you inhale over a cup of hot tea, certain herbs will also ease your cavity problems.

  • Add peppermint to a cup of hot tea. Peppermint contains menthol, which works against cavity pressure, constipation and mucus when you inhale it or drink it as tea.
  • Peppermint is often used for excess mucus and sinus infections. Peppermint and menthol also help with coughing and mucus in the lungs.
  • Do not take peppermint oil orally. Also, do not give peppermint or menthol to babies.
  • Green tea and green tea extract contain ingredients that are good for overall health and can reduce sinus symptoms of the common cold. Drink more green tea gradually to avoid unwanted effects such as stomach problems or constipation.
  • Green tea contains caffeine. People with medical conditions and pregnant women should consult their doctor before drinking green tea.
  • Green tea can affect the effect of medicines. Examples include antibiotics, birth control pills, cancer drugs, asthma drugs, and stimulants. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, especially when it comes to herbal supplements.
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Step 4. Seek relief through other herbal remedies

Be careful when taking herbal remedies, and always talk to your doctor before starting any herbal treatment.

  • There is evidence that certain combinations of herbs are very good for treating cavity problems. Over-the-counter remedies containing a mixture of these herbs are available at health food stores or drug stores, among others.
  • Look for products containing primrose, gentian root, elderflower, verbena, and sorrel. Side effects of these herbs can include stomach pain and diarrhea.
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Step 5. Consider taking ginseng

The North American ginseng has been studied to learn more about its properties to treat medical conditions. These studies have shown that it can relieve cold symptoms in the sinuses.

  • Ginseng root is classified as 'possibly effective' in adults in reducing the frequency, severity and duration of symptoms experienced with the common cold, including sinus problems. There are no known results regarding the use of ginseng in children.
  • Side effects known from the use of ginseng include change in blood pressure, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, digestive problems such as diarrhea, itching, rash, difficulty sleeping, headache, nervousness and vaginal bleeding.
  • Ginseng can affect the effect of certain medicines, such as medicines for schizophrenia, diabetes, depression, and blood thinners. People undergoing surgery or chemotherapy should also not take ginseng.
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Step 6. Take elderberry, eucalyptus and licorice root

These herbal remedies are widely used to clear excess mucus and cavity problems. It may interact with other medications, so consult your doctor before starting.

  • People with a medical condition should not use certain herbal remedies. Always consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, an autoimmune disease, a kidney disorder, liver disease, potassium deficiency, heart disease or other conditions that require you to take aspirin or blood thinners.
  • Elderberry can help with excess mucus and cavity problems. Taking an elderberry extract with vitamin C and other herbs can help clear clogged cavities.
  • Eucalyptus oil is a concentrated form of eucalyptus, and it is poisonous if you ingest it. But it is in all kinds of products, especially in anti-cough remedies. Products containing eucalyptus often need to be applied topically, such as a chest balm, and it is found in very low concentrations in some cough drops. You can also put it in a humidifier so that you can inhale it through the steam.
  • Licorice root is widely used. However, there is little evidence that licorice root works for clogged cavities or excess mucus.
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Step 7. Find out if echinacea can help

Many people use echinacea, an herbal supplement, for congested cavities, mucus and the symptoms of a cold.

  • Scientific research has not shown that echinacea helps with constipation or mucus, or symptoms associated with the common cold.
  • Echinacea is available in a variety of products, which are made from different parts of the plant. It is not always clear which part has been used, and its efficacy is therefore unknown.

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