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 I've had a cold for over two weeks, what's up?
I've been really congested for over two weeks now and within the last week I have developed a cough that I believe is from all the excess mucus my body is producing. The thing is, besides the ...

 I've been coughing nonstop for about a week now...Just started drinking robotussin but it's not helping;
Well the cough went from a very wet cough to a dry one but I still have a lot of snot that I constantly have to tend to... What do you think the problem might be. I have to go to my doctor later ...

 smoking ?????
why is smoking bad for you and how you cut down what it can do to you ???...

 32 days smoke free? Feeling weird?
I still not feeling good. Still have this anxiety a running thoughts in my head ending up searching for symptoms to what I feel. I hate this. When will this subside? Give me "ANSWERS" ...

 Is it ok to smoke(cigarette's) at a young age???

 How much time off work for bronchitis is 'acceptable' ?
I've been off work with bronchitis for a couple of weeks and am still feeling very run down and lethargic because of it. I have been signed off work for this period & given me antibiotics (...

 I'm getting a cat and my son is allergic to cats. What can i do to get my house ready for him??
my son doesn't live with me all the time, but i have him every other week....

 How long is my period spose to last?
I'm just curious how long my period is spose to ...

 Why doesn't snoring wake up the snorer?

 I want to quit smoking marijuana but I don't know how to do that . Can you advise me ?
I am not a very big smoker....

 Why don't flies get hit by raindrops?

 I am coughing, sneezing, my eyes are watering, and I have a sore throat.?
What's up with me?...

 I'm a smoker , and i have a question.....?
I have smoked for about 12 years(i'm 27) and lately i have had chest congestion and coughing up yellow stuff, i have been short of breath and now tonight it hurts when i breathe. I know I know, ...

 side effects of steroid use?

 why do i always feel like i cant Breath correctly?
i am 13 years old and i always feel like i have to yawn to catch my breath but sometimes when i yawn i cant catch it it happens every seond when i try to open my mouth and inhale i sometimes cant ...

 Why do non smokers make such a big deal out of smoking?
Its like... if someone wants to smoke and their of a legal age.. basically whats your problem? If you dont like the smell or the actual smoke... move away from someone whose smoking.. you dont need ...

 giving up smoking......?
What is the best way that you have found giving up smoking...all ideas welcome ;o)
Additional Details
I really want to give up, my date that i am settling for is the 5th January!...

 pulse of 34 bpm, what does it mean?
I lost loads of weight a couple of years and from time to time my pulse would get very slow, I thought it was due to undereating but now I'm pretty much back to my old size and fine and I have ...

 Smoking at a very young age. What happens?
at 14, 15, and 16 ive been noticing lots of kids are developing the habit of being smokers. Why do you think this happens, and what happens to them when their caught?...

 Breathing in dry air all day makes my nose dry and gives me a headache. How can I change this?
My home and my office are both very very dry from the type of head in the buildings. I have tried humidifiers but they aren't enough.
Is there some sort of nasal spray or swab that might ...

AkA LenZo
What's the best way to get rid of excess mucus and chest congestion?

Stacy Mae
I don't know, but my infant daughter is alway congested.

ah eat really spicey foods, that'll clear up your nostrils. Then go for a 3 mile run, stuff will be coming up once you get all sweaty.

illias k
Healing food for excess mucus and chest congestion:

Healing herbs for chest congestion:
Perilla leaf

Please ask a physican before you take these

aarzooji a
hey try sitopladi churan and Pranrakshak churan. drink ginger tea and holy basil tea. www.planetayurveda.com

Finding out what is causing this condition, may be the critical factor in determining why there is excessive congestion. Need to consider early sign of COPD.

Cough syrup (decongestant/expectorant) and an antihistamine. The cough syrup with the decongestant and expectorant will help you drain/cough out the mucus while the antihistamine prevents new mucus from forming. You can get cough syrup with an antihistamine but I prefer keeping the two medicines separate because one will wear off before the other.

Vicks makes a vaporizer pill that you put in a cup (included with the product) and fill with hot water. The lid that fits over the cup is shaped to cover your mouth so you can breathe in the steam. I think if anything, it makes you feel better.

Drink lots of water.

sOuL dOcToR
Homeopathic treatment for Chest Congestion :-
BRYONIA 30C + BELLADONNA 30C + CAUSTICUM 30C thrice a day half hour before or after meals will clear your chest congestion in a few days you would feel like a load has been lifted of your chest.And wothout any Side Effects or Complications.
Take care and God Bless you

I take grape seed capsules twice a day and drink lots of water. gargle with salt water, and take hot showers. also any tussin cough syrup/ with gunafesin in it will help

Stephen P
Organic apple cider vinegar. Two tablespoons mixed with a bit of water. Its harsh but it works for me. Check out this site...http://www.bragg.com/

you want mucinex, or whatever has guaifenesin in it. however, there is a new study out now saying that the original thought of robitussin or mucinex with the guaifenesin is not as good as just taking a first generation antihistamine such as benadryl along with a decongestant such as pseudoephedrine. hope this helps. pharmacy stud.

Drink a lot of water. Don't drink dairy products until the phlegm goes away. Robitussin is good too. I think it is CF.

big ugly toe
First of all, may I let you know that excessive mucous associated with chest congestion, is no matter to be taken lightly. You may be experiencing acut bronchitis, which could lead to pneumonia of left untreated. There are mucolytic medicines that you can take which will basically soften the mucous in your lungs so that it will become easier to excreet/get it out from your body. For example, when you are taking a mucolytic drug, when you cough, the cough won't be so hard, and the mucous will readily come out. When all the mucous is gone, your lungs will be clear and your cough will stop. You should go to a doctor to perscribe the medicine for you. you can do some online searching for mucolytic medicine. You know, at this point, you might need antibiotics, if bacteria is already living in the mucous in your lungs. Me and my family take Cefalexin 500 mg. 3 times a day or every six hours, for seven days. You can try Cefalin or Cefaclor. Of course, it would be better to go to a doctor to make sure you aren't allergic to any antibiotics.

There are handy personalized pulmonizers. they basically generate a cool steam that will immediately soften the mucous in your lungs. You can put plain water in the pulmonizer/nebulizer or you can put Salbutamol Ventolin Nebules. Steam up one nebule for inhalation two times a day (morning and night) for three days. You could also do it every four hours if the phlegm is severe.

Make sure you increase your intake of fresh juices and more importantly, water.

If you decide to take antibiotics, it is very important that you finish the time (seven days) and take each capsule on time, each day. Even if you feel better already. If not, you may become immune to the benefits of the medicine.

Take Care!

lots of water and other liquids!

Go to a doctor. If it's been going on for more than a week he/she might prescribe you an antibiotic. Especially in the case of chest congestion (if it is greenish or yellowish), it might develop into pneumonia.

vanessa w
robitussen DM (not sure if i spelled that right) but make sure it's DM. that helps break up the mucus. also drink lots of water. orange juice, drink some orange juice too, only because it will help boost your immune system. (also it may take at least 24 hours for the DM to really kick in and then you'll be coughing up flem) GOOD LUCK HUN!!!

I would ask my doctor.

Hi, I'm an R.N. and have worked in the respiratory field for 8 years.

The first thing to do is really push the fluids. Drink, drink, drink. If you are the least bit dehydrated, your mucus will thicken up like glue.

An over-the-counter mucolytic (means something that breaks up the mucus) might help too. The most common one is called guaifenesin. It's the active ingredient in many cough syrups. You want to get PLAIN robitussin (or the store brand equivalent). The DM, PE and other versions contail additional medications that you may not need.

Next, get in the shower and breathe in the moist, steamy air for 20 minutes a couple of times a day. This will help loosen up the junk in there.

If you start running a high fever (>101) or are ill longer than 2 weeks...go see your doctor!

I have done very well with Robitussin Chest that my cardiologist's nurse told me to try. For me it is MUCH better than Mucinex. I take the Robitussin 2-3 times a day, it even helps clear the back of the throat. The 8 oz bottle is about $8 in the drugstore, maybe can be gotten for less in a warehouse club such as Costco or BJ's. If you have a nebulizer, there is a medicine called Mucomyst, usually prescribed for use with liquid Albuterol.

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