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Suffering with Mucus
Few times can feel more miserable than when you suffer from symptoms of a cold or allergies that cause the mucus to start flowing. The runny nose, the congestion, sometimes accompanied by a sore throat and a hacking cough from drainage caused by mucus sliding down your throat can be embarrassing and debilitating. When your red, sore and swollen nose is running like it is going to explode from the congestion, the last thing you want to do is be out in public and the public, while empathetic, is likely to stay away from you, too.
Increased mucus production in the respiratory tract is a symptom of many common illnesses including the common cold, influenza, allergies, bronchitis and asthma. Increased levels of mucus in the airways make it more difficult to breath and must be cleared by blowing the nose or expectorating phlegm from the lungs by coughing.
Getting Rid of Mucus
The human body is designed to manage mucus through natural functions, which is why our noses get runny and we cough. When you have a cold or an allergy, it is important to remember to blow your nose frequently, cough to move mucus out of the lungs and drink plenty of water to help keep the mucus thin to help prevent difficult congestion and bacterial infections.
It can also be helpful to irrigate the nasal passages to remove mucus and rinse nasal passages. Nasal irrigation to remove mucus has become more popular in recent years. Every nasal irrigation method works by the same basic principle: You shoot a saline (salty water) solution up one nostril to loosen up all the mucus that's collected in your nasal cavity, which then drains out the other nostril.
Other NaturalCare® products that assist in nasal decongestion are SinuFix® and Super Strength SinuFix® nasal sprays and AirDefense™ nasal spray.