Learn about different types of mucus and how to relieve your symptoms.
WHAT IS A CHEST COLD & WHAT DOES MUCUS COLOUR MEAN?
A chest cold, also known as acute bronchitis is inflammation of your lungs and airway passages that can follow the common cold. This kind of inflammation in your upper respiratory tract can lead to some uncomfortable symptoms as your body tries to fight off the virus. Secondary infections could result. Consult a doctor if symptoms persist.
CHEST COLD SYMPTOMS
- Sore Throat
- Fatigue and Body Aches
DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUCUS
WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MUCUS/PHLEGM COLOUR
Your immune system has a lot of work to do while fighting off a chest cold. One of your body’s best defenses is to produce mucus to flush the virus or infection out of your system. Phlegm is the name for mucus that is coughed up from your lungs when you have a wet cough.
Whether it’s clear, white, yellow or green – the colour and texture of your phlegm can vary when you get sick and even as you get better. Though some colours are more common for certain ailments, the colour of your phlegm is mostly determined by how thick and concentrated the discharge is.
Here’s a rundown on some of the more common colours of phlegm and what it might mean for your health:
- Clear mucus: your body produces this 24/7, usually over a litre a day even when you’re healthy
- White mucus: your nose is congested which is causing your mucus to become thicker and cloudy a virus may be present
- Yellow mucus: your cold or flu is progressing and white blood cells are rushing to the site of infection
- Green mucus: your immune system is working hard and your mucus is thick with dead white blood cells
Prolonged production of thick yellow/green phlegm or any other colour (dark red or brown) are a signal to see a doctor to ensure it is nothing more serious.
Thick and cloudy or thin and runny, just remember if you’re sick and stuffed up it’s because your immune system is fighting back.
HOW TO GET RID OF A CHEST COLD
CHEST COLD HOME REMEDIES TO SUPPORT YOUR GET BETTER STRATEGY
There are plenty of things you can do at home to help alleviate your symptoms. To feel better faster try these easy to follow proven home remedies and give them a one-two punch with cough/cold medicine that contains an antitussive to suppress coughs and an expectorant which thins and loosens up the mucus in your airways.
TIPS TO HELP YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE A COUGH:
- Have a hot shower or use a humidifier
- Drink herbal tea with honey
- Sleep on an incline
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Gargle with salt water
These few simple steps will help keep you; well rested, well hydrated, and ensure your mucus keeps flowing. Even though it may sound gross now – there is truth in the old adage “better out than in” when it comes to a chest cold.
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