Cold and flu season is here to stay for a few more months. If you are feeling the effects of chest congestion, here are a few things to try.
Using a room humidifier adds moisture to the air. Well this doesn’t work for everyone … it may work for you.
The steam from a hot shower or positioning your face over a sink full of hot water (with a towel over your head, of course) are two ways to get moisture besides using a humidifier.
The more water you can drink, the looser your mucus. The looser the mucus, the more it will drain.
#4 Essential Oils
If you haven’t tried any yet, now is the time. My favorite for congestion is eucalyptus. It really opens up the airways and reduces inflammation.
#5 OTC Expectorant
An over the counter (OTC) expectorant such as Robitussin or Mucinex contain a compound called guaifenesin which may help break up that mucus in your chest.
#6 Camphor, Menthol and Vapor Rub
My mom rubbed Vic’s Vapor Rub with camphor and menthol on the chest when we were young and had the flu. It is very soothing and you may even sleep better.
#7 See your doctor
If your chest congestion or coughing won’t go away, or if the mucus is yellow, green or has blood in it, see a doctor. You may need a prescription treatment or further examination.