It can be very irritating to have your throat covered with mucus. Fortunately, there are a lot of home remedies that are quite effective. If you have mucus in your throat, you can try home treatments like gargling with salt water or inhaling steam to make the mucus more watery. In addition, you can drink hot drinks and lemon tea or eat hot or spicy foods to relieve yourself. Finally, you can prevent mucus buildup by avoiding things that trigger its production.
I – Using homemade treatments
1 – Gargle with lukewarm salt water.
Mix half a teaspoon of salt in 250 ml of lukewarm water. Take a sip, but don’t swallow it. Instead, tilt your head back and gargle for several seconds. Then spit it out in the sink and rinse your mouth.
- You can repeat this treatment every two or three hours during the day, if necessary.
2 – Use a humidifier to moisten your airways.
Pour water into your humidifier up to the maximum level line. Then turn it on and let it run while you heal. The vapor it produces will moisten your airways and make your mucus more liquid. This should relieve the congestion in your throat.
- If you wish, you can add eucalyptus essential oil, an active ingredient found in Vaporub-type products. Use a dropper to pour two or three drops into the water before turning on the humidifier.
3 – Take a hot shower and inhale the steam.
Since the steam helps to make the mucus more liquid, a hot shower might help. Set the water to a warm temperature, but not hot. Then relax in the shower and take a deep breath.
- You can also use eucalyptus essential oil in the shower. Use a dropper to add a few drops to the bottom of the shower or bath before you get wet.
4 – Inhale the hot water vapor in a bowl.
Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Then lean over it and run a towel over your head that also covers the bowl. Slowly inhale the vapor without causing discomfort. Then, drink a glass of water to cool off and stay hydrated.
- You can start once or twice a day if necessary.
- To make this solution work even better, you can add essential oils to the water, such as two to three drops of eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint to help loosen mucus and soothe your throat.
5 – Hum if your throat doesn’t hurt.
This activity will make your throat vibrate, which can make the mucus more watery. Pick your favorite song and hum it for one to two minutes. Finish by taking a few sips of water. This will help you to decongest your throat.
- It works best if your throat isn’t sore. If this makes you uncomfortable, try another method.
6 – Rinse your sinuses with a neti pot.
Fill a neti pot with drugstore saline solution or purified water. Then, lean over the sink and tilt your head to one side. Place the tip of the pot against the nostril at the top, then slowly pour the water into your nose. It should enter through the upper nostril before exiting through the lower nostril.
- Rinse both nostrils over the sink. Be careful not to aspirate the saline solution.
- Do not use tap water in your neti pot. Although this rarely happens, tap water can contain amoeba which attacks the brain.
II – Relieve congestion with fluids and food
1 – Stay well hydrated by drinking at least two liters of water a day.
The drinks will help you make the mucus more liquid so that it does not collect in your throat. Make sure you drink enough water and other drinks every day to stay well hydrated. In addition, you should eat foods that contain water such as soup and fruit. Women need two liters of water per day while men need 2.5 liters.
- Try flavoring the water or tea with lemon which also helps clear the throat. Add lemon slices in the water or squeeze the juice of one lemon into your glass.
2 – Drink warm liquids to clear your throat.
Choose hot liquids like hot water, tea, or apple cider to help clear the mucus. The heat will soften and liquefy the mucus so that it can pass it more easily. This will help you clear your throat.
- Hot liquids are also very soothing, which is why they will also help you feel better.
3 – Drink lemon honey tea to relieve sore throat.
Use a lemon tea bag or add 2 teaspoons of lemon to a cup of hot water. Then add 1 tablespoon of honey to the water and stir. Drink the tea while it is still hot.
- The acid in the lemon juice will make the mucus more liquid and pass it on, while the honey will soothe your throat.
- You can enjoy your lemon tea as often as you like.
4 – Drink hot soup.
The soup will heat up the mucus, which will make it more liquid to make it come off more easily. Broth can also help you achieve the same result. In addition, a soup made from chicken broth, such as vermicelli soup, may also have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Choose a soup made from chicken broth if possible. However, any type of soup will help warm you up and improve your hydration.
5 – Eat spicy foods.
Choose dishes that contain spices like cayenne, red chili, wasabi, horseradish, and other types of peppers. These spices are natural decongestants, which is why they will make the mucus runny and make your nose run. This should help clear your throat.
- Spices might burn your throat, so you should avoid this solution if your throat is sore.
III – Avoid mucus buildup
1 – Keep your head up to avoid mucus in your throat.
Mucus naturally tends to flow from the sinuses to the back of your throat. If you are lying down, it will accumulate there. This will lead to a buildup of mucus in your throat. To prevent it, you can raise your head with pillows to prevent it from running down your throat.
- While sleeping, also use pillows or sleep on a chair if the mucus is very thick.
2 – Don’t eat foods that cause acid reflux.
They can cause mucus to build up in the throat. If you regularly suffer from gastric reflux or burns in the throat, you should watch out for foods that you eat that cause these symptoms. Then, avoid consuming it.
- Some foods that cause acid reflux include garlic, onion, spicy foods, caffeine, soft drinks, citrus fruits, alcohol, mint, tomato products, chocolate and fatty and fried foods.
- Talk to your doctor if you have gastric reflux more than twice a week.
3 – Stop smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
The smoke can dry out your vocal cords, which will cause your body to produce mucus to compensate for the loss of moisture. It could make it worse. It would be best if you quit smoking if possible. Additionally, you should ask others not to smoke near you or walk away if they do.
- If you smoke, you may want to use chewing gum or nicotine patches to help manage the withdrawal.
4 – Avoid dairy products.
You may have heard that dairy products increase the amount of mucus and it is not. On the other hand, they can make it thicker, especially if you eat foods high in fat. Although they might not have an effect on you, it’s best to avoid them if you want to get rid of the mucus.
- If you don’t want to stop consuming dairy products, choose skim or semi-skim options that will have less of an effect on your mucus.
5 – Avoid allergens, fumes and dangerous chemicals.
Fumes from paint, cleaning products, and other chemicals could irritate your airways and make it harder to breathe. This could cause your body to make more mucus. Limit your contact with irritating chemicals or products. If you must be in contact, wear a mask and get to a well-ventilated area as soon as possible.