27
June
2013

Common causes of chest congestion

There are many different viruses and short-term illnesses that can cause chest congestion. This congestion can often last several weeks. However, they are a few remedies that can be done to help loosen mucus, and rid your body of chest congestion.  First, we will look at what causes this pesky problem and then examine a rest ways to help rid your body of it.
There are many different viruses and short-term illnesses that can cause chest congestion. This congestion can often last several weeks. However, they are a few remedies that can be done to help loosen mucus, and rid your body of chest congestion.  First, we will look at what causes this pesky problem and then examine a rest ways to help rid your body of it.
What causes it?
The common cold is one of the most common viruses that can cause a person to have a build-up of mucus, therefore causing congestion in the chest and nasal passages. This congestion can sometimes last several weeks. Whopping Cough, a bacterial disease, which usually affects children, results in severe coughing and chest congestion. Sinusitis, when you develop inflammation in the sinuses, causes mucus. This mucus can build up and cause chest congestion and, of course, nasal congestion. Croup, which is the inflammation of the larynx and trachea, usually affects only children. This is associated with a barking cough, difficulty breathing and chest congestion.

The inflammation of the bronchial tubes is known as Bronchitis. This causes you to produce a lot of mucus, which can lead to congest congestion, as well as a difficulty breathing, and a sore throat. Pneumonia, which can either be caused by viral or bacterial infections, causes chest and nasal congestion, as well as fever, difficulty breathing and fatigue. Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that causes the nodules (tubercles) to grow, usually in the lungs, thereby causing a lot of chest congestion, coughing and difficulty breathing. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) is a fungal infection, which causes yeast to build up in the lungs. PCP commonly occurs in people that have a compromised immune system, such as infants and people with AIDS. This can cause a lot of chest congestion and difficulty breathing. Along with these viruses and illnesses, asthma and acid reflux can also cause chest congestion.
How to deal with it
Chest congestion is caused by a build-up of mucus in the lungs. One of the ways that mucus can be loosened up is by using steam. Try taking a hot shower and deeply inhaling the steam. Or, just try running the shower, on hot, until it produces steam and sit in the bathroom with the door closed to inhale the humid air. This will help to break up mucus. Be sure that when you cough, you remove the mucus from you body. Vicks Vapor Rub is a great agent to help rid the body of chest congestion. Rub Vicks on your chest before bedtime, and by morning, your chest congestion should have let up a bit.  Running a humidifier while you sleep is a great way to ensure you body is inhaling humid air, which will help aid in the loosening of mucus.

Drink fluids! Having a lot of fluids in your system can help to liquefying the mucus in your lungs and respiratory system, which makes it easier to flush it out. Warm liquids are the best when you have chest congestion.  Enjoying tea and hot soup not only feels good on a sore throat but the steam also helps to open the sinus passages and help break up mucus. Tea with honey and lemon (honey is a super food and microbial) can help to fight and prevent infections. Green tea has many health benefits as well, and having a few cups of this each day will help to suppress chest congestion. 
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