The most common symptom and likewise complaint of any respiratory disease is mucous in the lungs. The most frequent diseases which produce mucous in the lungs include the common cold, flu, bronchitis and one hopes not to progress this far, but pneumonia is the ultimate result of infected mucous in the lungs. Infected mucous is thicker and is often referred to as phlegm so both terms will be mentioned here.
So it can't be instilled enough that mucous/phlegm has to be brought up and out because if left lingering in the bronchial tubes, and more importantly the lungs themselves, it behaves like a stagnant pool does collecting all sorts of germs and bacteria.
Some people are quite good at bringing up mucous and so if they are doing fine this article is not for them other than to remind them that they have to be constant. Each time during the day, or night, that they feel a build up of mucus in their lungs it is time to go to the bathroom sink, bend over and bring it all out remembering to clean the sink well afterwards. Mucous contains thousands of germs and you don't want to infect other people.
But for those that have never quite learnt the knack of bringing up mucus the following steps may help you.
1. If your hot water tap is really hot then this will suffice, but if it is not, boil a kettle, put the plug in and pour the water into your basin to which you should add a few drops of either Eucalyptus Oil or Vicks Vapour Rub. (These scents will apart from helping to soften the mucous also help in decongesting your nose!!!).
2. Cover your head with a large towel and spend at least five minutes inhaling the hot vapour as deeply as you can right down into your lungs. The idea of this is to try and liquefy the mucus so that it is easier to bring up. Imagine in your mind that this mucous in your lungs is resembling the consistency of jelly which as one can imagine is quite hard to shift. On the other hand the hot vapour inhaled into the lungs will convert this jelly like phlegm into the consistency of a syrup which will be able to be shifted with much more ease.
3. Once you feel the phlegm in your lungs gurgling as you breathe you are ready to bend over the basin again while at the same time placing your two hands just below your rib cage.
4. Press inwards with your hands while you begin to cough and build up to about four or five continuous coughs at a time. It's a bit hard to explain in words, but you yourself will feel how something begins to move within your lungs and as you press inwards with your hands while you cough you encourage your lungs to expel the phlegm.
5. Don't feel embarrassed about doing this and remind yourself that mucous is a normal bodily fluid even though at this precise moment of time it may be infected. Just make sure you are in the privacy of your bathroom, that no one is watching you and don't think about anything else other than getting this phlegm out of your lungs.
6. When you have a lot of mucous in your lungs they will feel heavy and you will immediately notice a slight relief as you bring out the mucous. The only thing is that you have to be constant as the mucous will soon build up again.
7. In order to help your task even further you can buy an orange flavoured powder from the chemist which is taken with water and is called Mucinex This will help to liquefy the mucous and make it easier to dispel it.
8. Try to blow your nose often as well so as not to allow the mucous from your nose to dribble down into your lungs as this will just be adding more phlegm to your poor congested lungs.
9. And finally stay indoors in an even temperature, not too hot nor too cold and rest until your body fights and wins the battle against this respiratory disease.