Lung infection can be recognized by yellow or green phlegm coming along with the cough. This phlegm, caused by the lung infection, can be experienced after a meal or during the morning hours and it can last for several months. We will see what causes this issue and how it can be treated. Respiratory passages have inner lining and this lining houses the sensory nerves. When these nerves are stimulated, coughing occurs and a reflex response. This occurs mostly because a respiratory passage has developed a blockage due to the inhalation of dust or because some food has made a wrong turn somewhere. We cough up phlegm from the throat and it can be of various colors, but it always has a jelly thickness. This phlegm is expelled for a reason because this is a way to eliminate some harmful elements from the human body.
Yellow or clear phlegm is associated with the initial stages of the illness, while green is associated with the later stages. Minor nasal cavity and sinus tissue damage, or severe respiratory passage congestion occur inside a human body if a person is coughing up phlegm and this requires medical attention.
Some of the most common causes are
- common cold (it mostly causes morning coughing up),
- allergies (caused by chemical fumes, pet dander, dust),
- severe illnesses (such as pulmonary embolism, acute heart failure, asthma, pneumonia),
- smoking (it causes yellow/rusty/brown/green phlegm with bad smell),
- gastro-esophageal reflux, and
- viral or bacterial lung infection (such as children croup, whooping cough, acute bronchitis).
Symptoms experienced by the patient will determine the course of the treatment. Also, the doctor will have to conduct a physical examination of the patient and perform tests such as CT scans, ECG, sputum examination, blood tests chest X-rays and some others. The coughing up of the phlegm will be aided by the mucolytics and expectorants, which are usually given by the doctor and which will break down the mucus. Kali bich, Kali sulph and Kali mur are some of the homeopathic options, which will decrease coughing, calm down the blocked chest and control the production of mucus. They are effective and produce no side effects.
We will see now which other natural remedies you can use. You can take a hot shower or inhale a steam coming from a pot with boiling water. The phlegm will be looser by drinking a lot of water, while items such as fried foods, meat and dairy products must be avoided because they increase the production of mucus. Try to use vaporizer in which you can add several drops of eucalyptus oil. You can use a cool mist vaporizer as well, and it will help with the chest congestion. Try avoiding allergens such as chemicals, paint fumes, household cleaners and so on. We also advise you to question your habit of smoking. Respiratory congestion can be relieved with consumption of chicken soup or lemon green tea and it will make the mucus thinner as well. Know that this phlegm has a purpose so try not to be too strict when it starts to bother you gravely.