What is Phlegm
During rainy days or due to change of weather, sometimes thick and sticky substance is formed in the throat and chest which in common language is called mucus or phlegm. Mucus or phlegm gets deposited in the back of our neck or nose and makes the person very upset.
Due to phlegm, one feels difficulty in eating, drinking and breathing. Phlegm is made by the mucus membrane. There is always a small amount of phlegm in our chest and throat which is necessary for the protection of the respiratory system.
But when this phlegm produces in a very high quantity, it causes us a lot of trouble. The mucus membrane, which is responsible for making phlegm, is present in the following parts of our body.
The glands of the throat and nose produce the most phlegm and in some special cases it can also produce 1 to 2 liters. If the production of phlegm in the throat or nose of a person is very high, it can cause many problems such as restlessness, difficulty in breathing, frequent desire to clear the nose or throat infections and cough etc.
In such a situation, it is necessary to take Ayurvedic and natural remedies to remove phlegm. Drugs such as Triphala, Kanchanar Guggul, Lavangadi Vati, Vyoshadi Vati and Kapha Ketu Ras can be used to cure Phlegm. Apart from this, there are some home remedies to overcome this disease, which we will tell you later.
Let us now talk about what the symptoms may be if phlegm or mucus is produced in your body in large quantity.
- If there is more mucus in your throat then your voice can become heavy and you can also suffer from breathing because the mucus contains bad bacteria.
- If too much phlegm is produced by the glands of your throat and nose, then this phlegm gets collected behind your throat and nose and starts blocking the air passages. Which causes you to have trouble breathing.
- Due to excessive phlegm, your nose gets blocked due to which you start feeling very troublesome.
- If phlegm is formed in a large amount, it starts to jam in your lungs and as a result you start coughing.
- While coughing, a lot of mucus gets in your mouth, which you have to spit repeatedly.
- If you are infected with any type of bacterial or viral infection, the phlegm formed in your throat becomes light yellow or light green, so you should understand that you have got any kind of infection and you should get immediate treatment.
When should I contact the doctor
A very important question arises when you should contact your doctor in case of excessive phlegm. See, as we told you that phlegm is continuously produced through the glands of the throat and nose, which is necessary to keep the throat and nose moist.
If this phlegm does not persist, the throat and nose will dry up, which can cause further problems. Therefore, it is necessary to have sufficient quantity of phlegm, but if it becomes too much, then you may have many types of problems, as we have told you above.
In this case you can contact your doctor and get counseling. If the phlegm continues to accumulate in your chest for a long time, it may have some side effects, such as chest pain, difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath, feeling nervous or restless, with a lot of coughing.
Phlegm effect on our health in Hindi
See, when the person is healthy, the mucus produced by the mucus membrane is thin and of normal color. But when a person becomes infected with a virus or bacteria, in such a situation, the phlegm formed by the mucus membrane becomes thick.
The reason for this is that bacteria or viruses present in the person’s body absorb the bad particles present in the environment. In this case, the color of phlegm can also change and it can also be dark yellow or green.
If you feel that your phlegm has changed color and become thick, then you need medical consultation. If you have problems with cold cough due to seasonal changes or due to any other reason, in such a situation, phlegm becomes thick, then the color of phlegm changes.
Both of these conditions require medical consultation. Let us now know what are the reasons for excessive phlegm and what problems can be caused by it.
Reason for phlegm formation
Due to infection, excessive amount of mucus can accumulate in your throat or nose and this phlegm gets deposited in your chest, causing obstruction in the lungs. This blockage also causes cough.
If this problem is not treated at the right time, then this problem takes serious form and gives rise to many other diseases. The common type of phlegm is formed in the nose or throat during a cold or flu.
But if there is an effect of virus in your body, then this mucus gradually becomes thick and its color also changes and it becomes yellow or thick green.
The immunity of some people is not very strong, due to which such people are not able to withstand the change of weather. Due to weather change or due to dusty soil or any other reason in the atmosphere, these people complain of phlegm.
Also, nose related allergies also occur, the main symptoms of which are sneezing, coughing and itching in the eye, watery nose, mucus in the chest, etc. Such people have these problems.
In this situation, first of all, consult with a qualified doctor and solve this problem. After this to increase immunity, natural items like chawanprash, gooseberry jam, sitopladi powder etc. should also be consumed.
Due to foods
There are many foods that are responsible for producing phlegm in the body of a healthy person, such as rice, yogurt, cheese etc. Apart from all these, there may be other such substances which cause a lot of phlegm in our body.
In such a situation, there is no special need to consult a doctor. This problem can also be overcome by taking home remedies like hot water, black pepper tea, celery and black pepper mixture.
Due to pregnancy
Problems related to phlegm and mucus in women are mostly very common symptoms in pregnancy. During pregnancy, the blocking of the nose, cough, and accumulation of mucus in the chest, etc. are problems.
Apart from all these reasons, there can be some other reasons which can cause phlegm in our body, such as excessive consumption of cigarettes or tobacco, air pollution etc.
Side effects of excessive phlegm
If there is excessive phlegm in our body, then of course we can have many types of problems. Below we have given the table of these problems.
- Strap throat
- Cold cough cold
- Chicken pox
- Whooping cough etc.
There are many diseases that also cause due to excessive phlegm or mucus in our body. These diseases are as follows.
- Acid reflux
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic bronchitis
- Other lung problems
Home Remedy for Cough or Phlegm Prevention
Let us now know what can be done to prevent phlegm or mucus, so that this problem can be solved as soon as it starts.
Taking steam of boiled water to loosen phlegm in the throat or nose is an ancient and extremely effective remedy. By taking steam of boiled water, the phlegm accumulated in the throat and nose becomes loose and melts and comes out.
In case of sinus problem, this home remedy is very effective. Apart from taking steam of hot water, you can also take a bath with hot water and drink hot water, it will give you very good benefit.
Drink More Water
If you are constantly suffering from phlegm problem, then you should drink more and more water daily. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of hot water will give you very good relief in this problem.
Gargle with salt water
To loosen phlegm, warm one glass of water and add a little rock salt to it. You can also add a quarter teaspoon of turmeric. Turmeric is antibacterial and has very good results to remove phlegm. The water should be so hot that you can bear it. After this, gargle with this water. You can repeat this process two to three times a day.
Cautions while eating
As we told you above, dairy products, fried foods and rich food are one of the main reasons for producing phlegm. So if your immunity power is not very strong and you suffer from mucus or phlegm again and again, then you should eat less fried foods like chickpeas, bhatura, samosas and sour things.
Drink Trikutu Decoction
Trikatu is a panacea for removing mucus. It is very easy to make Trikatu decoction. For this, take a divisional mixture of dry ginger, black pepper, and applique and grind and boil by adding about 20 grams in a glass of water.
When the water remains half, filter it and drink it to suffocate. You can also add a little jaggery to it as it is also helpful to clean the respiratory tract. You will also get ready-made Trikatu powder from the market.
Eat vitamin C
According to medical science, vitamin C has the properties to relieve cold cough and mucus. Therefore, vitamin C rich foods like orange, guava, lemon etc. should be consumed.
You can also consume some Ayurvedic remedies to cure phlegm. For this, you can take Triphala powder. Apart from this, Vyoshadi Vati , Kafketu Ras and Kanchanar Guggul also be taken.
Drink hot liquids
You can take drinks of hot nature to cure phlegm. For this you can drink tomato soup. If you eat non-veg, you can also eat chicken soup. Chicken soup is very hot in nature and it melts the phlegm and brings it out of the body. In addition, you can also consume hot lemonade or tea without caffeine.
Eat special foods
Many foods are present in our house which are helpful in removing phlegm like lemon, ginger, garlic etc. In addition, our kitchen contains red chillies, black pepper, celery and hot spices which are used to relieve phlegm.
You can also consume ginger tea in case of a common cold, cough, or sputum. You can improve its quality by adding a little pepper and basil leaves to this tea, . We can call it Herbal Tea.
Use Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is warm in nature and is very good. This oil helps to get the mucus deposited in your chest out of your body by melting it. For this, you can get a very good massage of eucalyptus oil on your chest.
Not only this, you can also take steam of Eucalyptus oil or use any balm in which Eucalyptus oil is used. This is one of the essential oils for cough and phlegm.
Using OTC drugs
You can also use over-the-counter (OTC) medicines in case you are very troubled with phlegm or mucus and want to get immediate relief. There are many such medicines available in the market that are used to remove your phlegm and common cold cough problem immediately. Anti-Phlegm medicines called decongestants. Deconstant drugs are present in the following form.
- Flavor powder
- Prescriptive medicine
Young children who are under 5 years of age and who cannot take much medicine or home remedies are given treatment through nebulizers. For this, you will meet a good doctor around you and according to the doctor’s advice, treat children 5 years of age or younger with nebulizer, which will give them immediate relief.
Tests are very important to detect the disease. It is important to test the phlegm that causes it in your body. The color of phlegm, its thickness and any special element present in it can indicate disease, due to which phlegm is born. The condition of phlegm can be different due to different diseases and infections.
Coughing up White Mucus
People who are perfectly healthy have a white phlegm which is called spit in the common language. When a health person spits, the phlegm is of white color, which we do not realize because it has very little viscosity.
If you have got any type of infection, in such a situation the color of your phlegm can be light yellow or dark yellow. In both the cases you should understand that you have got the infection and you should get it treated immediately.
Coughing up Green Mucus
Green colored phlegm is caused by pneumonia. If your phlegm turns green, then you should understand that you may be a victim of pneumonia.
Coughing up Brown Phlegm
People who smoke a lot tend to have brown phlegm. Smokers Phlegm is brown color due to the tobacco they consume.
Coughing up Red Phlegm
If a patient has bronchitis or a serious lung disease, the phlegm may turn red. It is caused by bleeding in the phlegm.