Phlegm. Secretions. Sputum. Mucous. Yuck! Whatever you call it, that junk in your lungs is yet another part of having COPD that’s not a lot of fun. Yet, it’s one of those things that as a person with COPD, you just have to deal with – and if you learn how to handle it, you’ll breathe easier. What’s the role and function of sputum in the lungs? Before we talk about getting rid of excess phlegm, we need to understand why it’s there in the first place. Mucous has two important functions when it comes to lung health.
The mucous in your lungs provides protection by stopping unwanted particles and trapping them before they get too deep in your lungs. Lining the airways (the breathing tubes, bronchi and bronchioles) is a thin layer of mucous called the “mucous blanket.” Just underneath this mucous blanket are cilia, millions of tiny little hair-like structures. The cilia move like a wave to help propel the mucous – carrying trapped dust, b...
Recently there have been a lot of questions posted about the “less common” symptoms of reflux such as chronic cough. It seems as though when people think of reflux they think of the symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, gas and chest pain. But, there are a lot of other symptoms that we don’t think of as reflux and chronic cough is one of them.
Why does reflux cause a chronic cough? The research has shown that when the acid comes up in the throat the esophagus can become inflamed. For some, that inflammation is going to show as pain/heartburn but for others, the body is going to respond to the irritation with a cough. The body doesn’t know what is causing the irritation and it goes about trying to rid itself of this irritation.
Another possibility is that in addition to the irritation in the esophagus, throat and nasal passages, the sinuses can also become inflamed. When this happens, the sinuses may react by producing mucous. The mucous can then ...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Cough Control (Guaifenesin) Oral Uses
Guaifenesin is used to treat coughs and congestion caused
by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses. This product is
usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems
(such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the
airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
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