What is Excessive Phlegm?
Having excessive phlegm can be a very bothersome problem and may lead to hours of unrelenting, constant throat clearing and coughing. For some people, this is a temporary problem that lasts as long as the infection that causes it. For others however, excessive phlegm becomes an ongoing problem for which there is often little relief for how to best get rid of it.
What Causes Excessive Phlegm?
Excessive, thick phlegm or chest mucus is often caused by viral or bacterial infections such as influenza, bronchitis and pneumonia, as well as irritants such as those inhaled during smoking. Other possible causes also include pregnancy, allergies, Candida infection and COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by smoking. Seasonal allergies stimulate the release of high levels of histamine into the body which can also cause excessive phlegm.
Chemotherapy also causes the immune system to overreact and excessive phlegm is often the result. Food allergies are known to cause excessive phlegm and certain types of food such as dairy products cause a thickening of mucous. Postnasal drip also commonly causes excess mucus at the back of your nose and throat many times after eating.
The color, consistency and amount of phlegm produced can be a useful diagnostic tool to help your physician determine the cause. If you have excessive phlegm for an ongoing period or you have other symptoms such as a fever, then it is always advisable to make an appointment with your doctor where a diagnosis can be made and any underlying conditions can be ruled out.
Help for Excessive Phlegm
Hacking coughs and endless throat clearing are problems that can be greatly helped with the use of natural remedies. Homeopathic ingredients have been shown to have an excellent effect on general lung health and work well to help reduce excessive phlegm. Kali mur is one such ingredient and it is well known for its beneficial effects of the respiratory system and its ability to ease wet and persistent coughs.
Similarly, Kali sulph is excellent at naturally treating excess phlegm and sinus congestions, as well as reducing inflammation of the mucous membranes. Kali bich also works on soothing irritated mucous membranes, especially in the lungs, and helps loosen thick chest mucus.