Are phlegm and mucus the same thing?
You usually find phlegm in the back of your throat or in your lungs. It originates from the lower respiratory tract. Mucus, on the other hand, is mostly present in the nasal mucosa. It acts like a filter that protects your lungs when you breathe. To remove it, you just need to blow your nose. Phlegm is thick and sticky. You usually only notice it when you cough. An excess of this secretion can be a symptom of respiratory diseases such as bronchitis.
How sputum is formed
Our body produces mucus and phlegm to stay healthy. It’s a protective, slippery substance that’s produced in your throat, sinuses, and lungs. This substance protects your body’s cells and helps trap irritants and bacteria. However, if bacteria or viruses overcome your body’s natural defenses, more phlegm is produced. In most people, excessive mucus and phlegm will clear up without further problems. However, there are some conditions that can cause the bronchi to fill with mucus and make the lungs more susceptible to infection. Such conditions include bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. In both cases, your body needs to rid itself of the substance, usually by coughing.
Natural mucus protects as a natural filter for bacteria. Your lungs are prone to bacteria and infections. Because the lungs are internal organs, the oxygen you breathe goes directly into the lungs. Read more about how to improve lung health.
How sputum is removed from the lungs
Although unpleasant, you can safely swallow mucus. Because your body can safely reabsorb it. But phlegm has to come out of the body. The advice of health professionals is to cough. Because it will contain viruses and dead bacteria. By coughing, you help your body get rid of the infection. There are also effective cough support devices, such as POWERbreathe’s Shaker expectorant.
Can phlegm make you cough?
At night, secretions will be more problematic. It is simply due to gravity. These secretions will feel heavy in your chest. It causes coughing. You can make this easier by elevating your sleeping position. Just prop yourself up with a pillow. Coughing is your body’s natural way of expelling phlegm. It will help you get better.
When to see a doctor?
If you cough up blood, the NHS recommends that you see your doctor straight away. They also recommend seeing your doctor if:
your cough lasts more than 3 weeks (persistent cough)
your cough gets worse quickly
you have chest pain
you lose weight for no reason
swelling and pain in the side of the neck (swollen glands)
breathing becomes more difficult
You have a weakened immune system due to diabetes or chemotherapy
Sputum removal with medication – or no medication
Expectorants may be prescribed to increase bronchial secretions. They are meant to help make coughing easier. But expectorants are drugs. The POWERbreathe shaker is an effective drug-free alternative.
Natural remedies for phlegm
A natural way to clear phlegm from the throat and lungs is to use The Shaker by POWERbreathe. This drug-free hand-held device shakes up mucus in the chest and makes it more mobile. Shaking will break up secretions and make coughing easier.
How to get rid of phlegm naturally
Inside the shaker device is a weighted ball. When breathing through the device, the ball rises and then falls again under its own weight. It happens quickly and feels like a vibration. This vibration and gentle resistance separates and thins mucus. Then you will be able to expel it by coughing.