What is mucus?
Mucus is a slippery fluid that is produced by your body naturally. It is produced by glands in organs, including the mouth, nose, throat, stomach, intestines, and cervix. Although mucus production is natural and healthy, excess mucus production can be a sign of illness, including the common cold.
Under what circumstances does mucus form?
When harmful factors or pathogenic bacteria infect the trachea, bronchial tubes, and lungs, inflammation occurs. This causes the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract to become congested, edematous, and infiltrated by a large number of inflammatory cells. The cup cells of the mucous membrane layer and the glands of the submucous membrane layer are proliferated and hypertrophied, leading to vasodilatation and increased exudation. Excessive mucus secretion increases the burden of the ciliated columnar epithelium, which is not conducive to the expulsion of mucus. The action of bacteria and their toxins can produce degenerated and necrotic tissue cells, which are retained in the bronchial tubes and form into mucus or phelgm.
Why Too Much Mucus? What are the factors that affect people’s phlegm discharge?
Mucua or phlegm is mainly through the bronchial cilia movement, epithelial cilia movement, starting from the lungs toward the respiratory tract, and finally through the stimulation of the body’s normal coughing reflex, from the trachea to cough, and then with the oral cavity out of the body.
Excess mucus production can be triggered by a number of health conditions, including:
- acid reflux
- infections such as the common cold
- and lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis
- and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Certain lifestyle and environmental factors can also lead to excess mucus production, such as:
- a dry indoor environment
- low consumption of water and other fluids
- high consumption of fluids that can lead to fluid loss (such as coffee, tea, and alcohol)
Certain medications such as:
- certain birth control medications
- ACE inhibitors, for example lisinopril),
What Overweight Mucus May Cause?
1. Oxygen and carbon dioxide cannot be exchanged normally in the lungs due to the obstruction of phlegm, which can easily lead to hypoxia.
2. There are a lot of bacteria in the sputum. Failure to cough up the sputum in the lungs will lead to a large number of bacteria multiplying, making the lung infection worse and difficult to control.
In order to avoid these hazards, we actively expel sputum to clear respiratory secretions and keep the respiratory tract open; promote respiratory function and improve pulmonary ventilation; control infection and prevent complications.
Suggestions about clearing the mucus quicker:
If you have light mucus, simply drink lots of water each day.
If you have heavy mucus, you can try to use non-pharmacological means to promote the removal of airway secretions from the lungs：
Traditional methods: postural drainage, percussion, and cough training
New methods: positive end-expiratory pressure technology, airway oscillation technology (OPEP)
If this doesn’t help, you may need some medical help.
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