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Mucus and Congestion

 

Mucus is something everyone has, and some people wish they had a lot less of the thick yellow, green or sometimes white gooey stuff. Sure, it can be gross to blow globs of snot into tissue after tissue when you have a cold or sinus infection, but mucus actually serves a very important purpose.

 

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Inhale Respiratory Blend for Sinus Relief


All the ingredients in Inhale are organically grown and 100% pure, undiluted, essential oils found in nature, making it non-toxic, and therefore, a safer alternative to help you not only breathe more easily, but feel safe and confident that you are not harming your body with toxic chemicals. Rated 5/5 stars.

Himalayan Institute Ceramic Neti Pot


Naturally removes excess mucus, pollen, dust, and other environmental irritants from the sinus passages. Doctor recommended; featured on America's favorite talk show. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Sinus & Seasonal Vegetarian Capsules


Supports Sinus & Nasal Health and Helps Reduce Seasonal Discomfort. With Quercetin, Nettle Root & Butterbur. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Ayr Saline Nasal Rinse Kit Soothing Sinus Wash


Saline Nasal Rinse Mixture Packets Plus Applicator Bottle. A pure and natural treatment to promote healthy sinuses. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Kirkland Signature Mucus Relief Chest Expectorant


Guaifenesin 400 mg Immediate-Release Tablets. Relieves chest congestion, Thins and loosens mucus. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Alkalol Company Mucus Solvent and Cleaner


Nasal wash and mucus solvent. Provides drug-free relief from nasal congestion and irritation caused by sinusitis, allergies, head colds, and post-nasal drip Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Premium Electric Nasal Aspirator for Babies of All Ages


Quick and Safe Removes Boogers & Mucus Conveniently - FDA Approved. Includes 2 Adjustable Soft Tips, Manual & 1 Yr No Hassle Warranty.. Rated 5/5 stars.

Similasan Kids Cold and Mucus Relief Syrup


Expectorant syrup to stimulate the body's natural ability. It makes it easier for your child to cough up mucus with less irritation. Safe for kids 2 and up. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Zarbee's Naturals Children's Cough Syrup, Grape + Mucus Relief


Natural, safe and effective for children 12 months plus. Soothes cough while thinning and loosening mucus. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator


Doctor invented and recommended nasal aspirator that uses parents' own suction to effectively clear babies' stuffy noses. Disposable filters are clinically proven to prevent transfer of mucus or bacterial germs. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

 

 

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Causes of Mucus

How much mucus is normal, and how much is too much? What does its color tell you about your health? Can you just get rid of it, or at least cut down on it, and how should you do that?

Mucus-producing tissue lines the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. Mucus acts as a protective blanket over these surfaces, preventing the tissue underneath from drying out. Mucus also acts as a sort of flypaper, trapping unwanted substances like bacteria and dust before they can get into the body -- particularly the sensitive airways.

But mucus is more than just sticky goo. It also contains antibodies that help the body recognize invaders like bacteria and viruses, enzymes that kill the invaders it traps, protein to make the mucus gooey and stringy and very inhospitable, and a variety of cells, among other things.

Why Am I Making So Much Mucus?

Even when you're healthy, your body is a mucus-making machine, churning out about 1 to 1.5 liters of the stuff every day. Most of that mucus trickles down your throat and you don't even notice it. However, there are times when you do notice your mucus -- usually not because you're producing more of it, but because its consistency has changed. It generally takes a bad cold, allergy, or contact with something irritating to put your body's mucus production into overdrive.

For instance, during an allergic response to an offending trigger, such as pollen or ragweed, mast cells in your body squeeze out a substance called histamine, which triggers sneezing, itching, and nasal stuffiness. The tissue of the mucus membranes starts leaking fluid, and your nose begins to run. Drinking milk may also make some people produce more mucus. Kao says that's due to gustatory rhinitis, a reflex reaction that's triggered by eating. Gustatory rhinitis is also why your nose runs when you eat hot peppers. Milk proteins cause the same type of response in some people.

The color of mucus

You might have heard that yellow or green mucus is a clear sign that you have an infection, but despite that common misperception, the yellow or green hue isn't due to bacteria. When you have a cold, your immune system sends white blood cells called neutrophils rushing to the area. These cells contain a greenish-colored enzyme, and in large numbers they can turn the mucus the same color.

Mucus can also contain tinges of reddish or brownish blood, especially if your nose gets dried out or irritated from too much rubbing, blowing, or picking. Most of the blood comes from the area right inside the nostril, which is where most of the blood vessels in the nose are located. A small amount of blood in your mucus isn't anything to worry about, but if you're seeing large volumes of it, call your doctor.

 

 

Excessive Mucus

How to get rid of excessive Mucus?

People with chronic sinus problems who are constantly blowing their noses understandably want the goo gone. Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants are one way to do this. Decongestants cause the blood vessels in the lining of the nose to narrow, reducing blood flow to the area, so you're less congested and you produce less mucus.

Antihistamines block or limit the action of histamines, those substances triggered by allergic reactions that cause the tissue in the nose to swell up and release more, thinner mucus (a runny nose). The main side effect of older antihistamines is drowsiness. They also can cause dry mouth, dizziness, and headache.

You can also thin out the mucus with guaifenesin, a type of medicine called an expectorant. Thinner mucus is easier to get out of the body. Possible side effects of guaifenesin are dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

If you want to go a more natural route, an alternative for removing mucus is with nasal irrigation. Every nasal irrigation method works by the same basic principle: You shoot a saline (salty water) solution up one nostril to loosen up all the mucus that's collected in your nasal cavity, which then drains out the other nostril.

Nasal irrigation is a good thing, but as the old saying goes, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Rinsing out your sinuses washes out the bad, nasty bacteria and other critters that can cause infection. However, one study showed that when people do it too often, nasal irrigation might actually increase the risk of infection because it also washes away some of the protective substances that help prevent you from getting sick.