Productive Cough: what you should know
If you feel tightness in your chest and you perceive a whistle or wheezing sound while breathing; if you cough up phlegm or you feel mucus has built up in your airway or chest, then you have this kind of cough. A productive or wet cough is the result of an accumulation of thick mucus, which can be of three colors: white, yellow and green, although all are expelled by coughing.
The normal body response will always be to cough in order to clear out what is bothering you, anything which should not be in the lungs. The symptoms of a productive cough are:
- Persistent cough.
- Sticky phlegm that is expelled by coughing.
- Whistling sound when coughing or breathing.
- Sensation of tightness.
- Congestion or heaviness in the chest.
- Excessive coughing in the mornings.
- If it is clear or transparent, it is a normal phlegm.
- If it is yellow, it is due to an immune response to inflammation in the airways.
- If it is green, there is a serious bacterial infection such as bronchitis.
- If it is brown, it is due to smog or air pollution.
- If it is gray, it is due to cigarette smoke.
- If it is pink, this occurs in the case of asthmatics.
This is a recipe for a very effective way to remove the mucus from the lungs, it is not contraindicated in young children. The necessary ingredients are:
- One tablespoon of marshmallow root.
- One tablespoon of flaxseed.
- A spoonful of sage.
- One lemon cut into slices.
- One cup of water.
- One cup of brown sugar.
Home remedies for a cough with phlegm
As a complement to the syrup described above, you can take advantage of other natural recipes for removing phlegm (when it is a white color, the milder level) when coughing.
Remedy with vaporizers
It is one of the oldest and, at the same time, effective home remedies to say goodbye to the phlegm. You can make the vapors with water only or you can also choose to add a handful of coarse salt or certain medicinal herbs that help with respiratory problems, such as mint, eucalyptus, elderberry, thyme and sage. Put a pot of water on to boil. When it is at a rapid boil, bring your face near it and cover your head with a towel as if making a tent.
Remedy with honey and pepper
Both of these elements have a strong expectorant capacity, which helps to expel the phlegm by coughing. Mix one tablespoon of honey with a pinch of ground black pepper, and take twice daily.
Remedy with onion
This vegetable has more than one health benefit. For example, onion is disinfectant and anti-inflammatory, particularly in the respiratory tract. To treat a cough with phlegm you can take advantage of its benefits in different ways. One is very simple: cut it in half and smell the aroma directly. Another alternative is to make a tea with an onion and four cups of boiled water (drinking three cups a day of the strained liquid and sweetened with honey, lemon and ginger).
Remedy with garlic
This is another of the allies for people with respiratory problems. This is because garlic has many valuable compounds that make it a natural antibiotic. You can cut a clove and eat it raw, either alone or in salads. Some choose to make tea with boiling water, the same as the onion recipe above.
Remedy with milk and ginger
You’ll need a small slice of ginger root and a glass of very warm milk. The first of the two ingredients has expectorant properties and if we add the warm milk it can eliminate the phlegm that bothers you so much. It is a wonderful remedy to take at bedtime. Mix both ingredients and drink it before it gets cold. It will help you to fall asleep and breathe better.