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9 Mucus Clearing Techniques for COPD Patients
Jun 2, 2018 2:21:06 AM / by Cory Luckner
As a patient diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you are faced with a variety of symptoms.
These range from shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of appetite, wheezing, chronic cough, chest tightness, and excessive mucus (phlegm) production to name a few.
You may not experience all of them but for a large portion of patients, they are faced with an excessive amount of airway blocking mucus production.
Excess and thick mucus (sputum, secretions, phlegm) in your lungs can lead to increased levels of shortness of breath (breathlessness) and higher chances of developing a disease worsening lung infection such as pneumonia.
However, airway secretions can be worsened by certain types of food or drinks, development of a cold or the flu, exposure to extreme weather conditions, COPD exacerbations (flare ups), or even certain types of medications that are used to treat COPD and its related symptoms.
But that doesn't mean you have to put up with worsening lung congestion due to excess mucus production.
When experiencing thick airway secretions, use these 9 mucus clearing techniques to improve the severity of your COPD related breathlessness.