Symptoms of chest congestion are easy to identify. Main symptoms are chest tightness and chest pain. Symptoms can be listed as under;
- Chest pain
- Runny nose
- Loud noises while breathing
- Blood in cough
- Shortness of breath
- Labored breathing
This can easily be cured by home and herbal remedies. Home remedies are nothing but have anti inflammatory effects thus making the breathing easy. Here are some of the remedies for getting quick relief from chest congestion.
Drink plenty of water. This will help by flushing the toxin out of body and also softens the mucus in the chest so one can easily cough it out.
Food that contains anti oxidants and is yellow in colour also helps to eliminate the chest congestion. These may include mangoes, lemon, papaya and spinach.
Massage of olive oil for a few minute to chest is very effective in providing relief from chest congestion. Massage the oil until it is properly absorbed in the skin. This will increase its efficacy.
Another effective remedy is to boil garlic cloves and then strain it. Drink the water twice daily, this will help soothe the throat and chest. Herbal tea is also known as a good decongestant and you can choose from ginger, fennel, salvia, eucalyptus and green tea.
Chicken soup is also very effective in relieving sinus and chest congestion. This actually helps by working as an anti-inflammatory agent, making mucus thin and allows easy productive cough.
Thick mucus in the chest can also be thinned out by proper gargling with half of a teaspoon of salt mixed with one glass of water.
Inhalation of steam is the best chest congestion treatment. Steam inhalation in addition to oil massage is very effective, Take hot water in bowl and mix some drops of any essential (clary sage, eucalyptus, pine and rosemary. Eucalyptus oil is very effective in chest congestion treatment. Now incline the face over the bowl in such a way that steam directly enters your nostril. Cover your head with a large towel and prevent your eyes from the steam as it may harm you. It can soften and break down the sputum and loosens up the phlegm thus making it easy to be cough up giving immediate relief from chest congestion. Steam inhalation should be for about 4 to 7 minutes.
Chest congestion remedies can also be relieved by using a warm or cold water humidifier while you are sleeping. This will certainly provide relief from symptoms.
Spicy food also acts as decongestant. Food that contains chili, ginger and garlic paste helps in decongestion. Spicy food helps in getting rid of unwanted bacteria. Spicy food thinned put the mucous and helps in easy productive cough.