9 Ways to Keep Your Airways Clear and Lungs Clean
If sputum is not cleared from the lungs, it can cause ongoing inflammation, which can lead to further lung damage and a further deterioration in lung function. You must keep your lungs as clear as possible to maintain lung health. Here are some tips!
It's important to drink two quarts of water a day to help clear mucus. But first check with your doctor to make sure that works with the rest of your treatment plan.
This can be ordered by your doctor, or you can take a non-prescription expectorant if your doctor says it’s okay.
Sit up straight, but bending slightly forward with elbow support. A straight chair with armrests works well.
Coughing is much more effective when sitting up.
The Huff Cough technique is a series of mini-coughs as opposed to one big cough. Ask your respiratory therapist to show you.
This is a process used to remove mucus from the lungs into the airways so they can be coughed out. Certain drainage positions, percussion, deep breathing and coughing are all used in this technique.
Your doctor or respiratory therapist might recommend the use of a hand-held mechanism that vibrates and loosens the mucous to make it easier to cough out. There are several devices available, all requiring a prescription. The most common are Acapella® and Flutter®, although there are others.
Just as you take time to wash your face or brush your teeth each day, take the time to for your lungs.
Coughing up mucous, unpleasant as it is, is essential when you have COPD. Do all you can to clear that junk from your lungs this fall and winter so you can stay as healthy as possible with COPD.