Having mucus in your throat is probably one of the most annoying feelings ever. It’s just sitting there with no apparent use other than bothering you.
Fortunately, you can get rid of it quite quickly. All you need to do is follow some of these tips—or all of them—and you’ll easily get rid of that annoying mucus in the back of your throat.
9. Staying Well Hydrated by Drinking Water Regularly
Drinking water regularly will help to thin the mucus in your throat. In addition, keeping your body well hydrated helps to clear the mucus and phlegm. For this reason, and the many other benefits of drinking water, it’s always recommended to stay well hydrated when having a cold because the water in the body will keep your airways and sinuses clear. As a result, you will have much less mucus in your throat and feel better overall.
8. Try to Use Peppermint
You can loosen and get rid of the thin layer of mucus and phlegm in the back of your throat by using peppermint. More specifically, the menthol found in peppermint.
Because of this, many people recommend that you drink tea prepared with peppermint leaves, which will clear any layer of mucus you might have.
In addition, you can also add peppermint oil when trying steam inhalation (more on that in just a moment), as this also quickly removes the mucus. However, keep in mind that this option is only recommended for adults, as it can become harmful if children inhale it.
7. Try Steam Inhalation
You can try steam inhalation at home to help reduce or completely remove the mucus in your throat. To do this, all you need to do is pour water into a pot with a wide rim and heat it until it starts to boil.
Inhale the steam coming from the boiled water after it stops bubbling. This process can be more effective if you cover your head with a towel and reach down to cover the pot with hot water, bringing you closer and exposing you directly to the steam. And as a result, the mucus in your throat will start to disappear. Know that, in order for this to work, you’ll need to repeat this process every day for at least 10 minutes.
6. Try Over-the-Counter Expectorants
Over-the-counter expectorants are pretty helpful when it comes to thinning the mucus and phlegm in your throat, which can then be easily coughed up or blown out.
In using these products, you need to follow the directions outlined regarding how to use them and make sure that they are free of decongestants. Before you try this tip, though, it’d be best if you seek advice from your pharmacist or your health provider.
5. Using Honey and Lemon, and Other Fruits Always Works
Honey and lemon are pretty common DIY remedies when you’re dealing with a cold, or you’re coughing a lot—and for a good reason.
The reason behind this is that honey is naturally antibacterial and has the ability to soothe your throat. On the other hand, lemon has high vitamin C content, which helps boost your immune system, apart from being an antioxidant. In addition, lemon has both antiviral and antibacterial properties, which is suitable for dealing with throat issues.
You can mix honey with three teaspoons of lemon juice with warm water in a cup and drink the contents. This will significantly reduce the frequency of coughing while clearing your throat of any mucus.
On the other hand, there are also plenty of vegetables and fruits that increase the antioxidants in your body, including garlic, celery, onions, and pineapple. Eating any of these vegetables or drinking pineapple juice will boost the power of your immune system, and it’ll fight infections and diseases better. And, of course, it’ll also help to reduce that annoying mucus in the back of your throat.
4. Gargling Salty Water
If mucus becomes overly annoying in your throat, try gargling warm, salty water occasionally. To have the best results, dissolve about half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water.
Gargle the water for some time, usually around 30 seconds to one minute, before you spit it out. This will help loosen up the mucus in your throat, usually at the back, as well as soothing your throat.
3. Try the Saline Nasal Spray
The saline nasal spray can significantly reduce mucus layers from your nasal passages when used accordingly. Make sure that you use only distilled or sterile water while trying out the nasal spray. In addition, the nasal spray you choose to use should be clean, with sodium chloride as one of its components.
2. Minimize Alcohol, Caffeine, and Tobacco
Drinking excessive alcohol and caffeine has the effect of dehydrating your body system. Therefore, you should consider minimizing how much of these two drinks you consume and, in their place, substitute them with plenty of water like we previously talked about.
Also, you can drink warm drinks that are caffeine free to help keep your body always hydrated. A great example is a tea that can work even better with peppermint as we talked about. This will greatly reduce the occurrence of mucus and phlegm in your throat and nasal passages.
On the other hand, smoking is the leading contributor to phlegm and mucus in your throat. This mucus is formed as a result of the irritating effect of the tobacco in your airways. In addition to the mucus, smoking also increases the risk of contracting lung cancer, COPD, and other complications.
1. Drinking Aniseed Tea
This type of tea is known for its effect on mucus, breaking it up and relieving its congestion in your throat and nasal passages. To prepare this tea, crush aniseed teaspoons and steep them in hot and boiling water. After about 15 minutes, take the tea, strain, drink it and see all the mucus in your throat cleared up within minutes.