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Hi, I'm on day 16 of covid and am still being plagued by sticky thick mucus. It's constantly being produced by my sinuses, and is on my chest and in my throat. I drink plenty of none caffeinated drinks. I'm having to use my Ventolin several times a day. Any suggestions or similar experiences? Thanks

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peege

You're doing the right thing by drinking plenty, I think I'd be drinking at least 2 litres daily. I'm wondering if the sinus &/or chest mucus are infected?

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CraftyLego in reply to peege

Thanks. I definitely think that the mucus is connected. I have been blowing my nose more today, and my chest so far isn't as bad. We're told that blowing our noses isn't good, but perhaps sometimes we have too. Fingers crossed it continues to not be as bad on my chest. I hope so as I'm tired.

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Gwalltarian

Would taking a suitable cough medicine help? Also try using some nasal sprays/ washes and a suitable antibiotic for the infection - some people can get the retrovirus - speak to your gp. Why shouldn’t you blow your nose?

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CraftyLego in reply to Gwalltarian

I didn't think of trying a cough medicine. I will have a look at my Covinia. I'm still learning what I can use now that I have asthma. The doctor didn't think that i needed antibiotics as the mucus is clear apart from first thing in the morning. The A&E respiratory nurse back in February taught me to breathe deep into my abdomen for 5 seconds, 5 times once an hour to keep away infection. I think that it is working. I am using sterimar and am very grateful for it. Apparently when we blow our nose, it causes the sinuses to produce more mucus and also can swell up the sinuses.

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peege in reply to CraftyLego

I use a steroid nasal spray for sinus inflammation, you can buy over the counter nowadays. I've used it for years on advice from ENT consultant, it was on my prescription until my new GP removed it for cost cutting

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CraftyLego in reply to peege

Yes i do too. I have Avamys. I used to think that it didn't do much, but now I believe that it is good. It helped with my previous sinusitis. Naughty GP removing it!

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Gwalltarian in reply to CraftyLego

I find Benylin cough medicine very helpful - it’s what got me through an asthmatic childhood. Vitamin D is good to boost your immunity - a high dose of 4000IU might help - even if it’s for a week or so. I also saw someone report on here that high dose vitamin C for a short while boosts your immune system. Good to hear the mucus is clear. Good luck, get well soon.

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CraftyLego in reply to Gwalltarian

Thanks. I will increase my vitamin D from today and take some vitamin C. Good idea! Thanks for telling me about the Benylin. I will get some.

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Oldandgray

There have been a few posts about thick mucus in the throat post Covid, mine being one of them. I have tried lots of things but have found that a de congestion tablet, phenylephrine 12.2mg, just first thing in the morning is helping considerably.

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CraftyLego in reply to Oldandgray

Yes I noticed those posts. It is a thick nasty lingering mucus. Just be careful with the decongestant as you can only take it for 7 days, otherwise you risk rebound. I took it for a few days too, but the mucus thickened once i stopped. The 111 doctor told me to steam, plus I'm using sterimar to clean my sinuses. My throat is sore from the mucus too.

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Oldandgray in reply to CraftyLego

I have lost my voice on several occasions but can go a few days normal then back to no voice. I had a huge dose of antibiotics recently due to dental surgery on my jaw, but that made no difference to the mucus or voice.

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CraftyLego in reply to Oldandgray

I've had voice problems for a few years on and off. My friend thinks that i had undiagnosed asthma for a log time. It's awful when it hurts to talk. The antibiotics don't always seem to do much. I hope that your jaw is better. I have jaw issues too as I have to be careful with what i chew as it can be painful.

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Wheezebag13

I'm the same still coughing mucus up and feel as though I need to continuously clear my throat. Have you tried steam inhalation? It loosens everything up.

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CraftyLego in reply to Wheezebag13

Yes the 111 doctor told me to steam. I only have a basic cup like steamer but it does help. Every time I brew up I steam. Thanks.

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Wheezebag13

Good, hope you feel better soon

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CraftyLego in reply to Wheezebag13

Thank you 😊

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madonbrew

Yes I had a really thick mucus with covid…also sinus linked I think…however sometimes it was really thick in my throat and I felt I could hardly cough it up and felt a bit drowning in it. But I also take prescribed avamys which also helps heaps…on a normal time (without covid)

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CraftyLego in reply to madonbrew

It's awful. My chest goes tight sometimes when it's building up. I will have to use my reliever again. Even with the reliever it doesn't easily come out. Horrid stuff!

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Pipswhips

I was told steam from a shower or steaming you can these mug with masks on what are steamers they are like kids double handed mugs instead of spout its a mask that what i got told by specailist nurse also asthma nurse at gp surgery and a gp all told to steam or if you have a shower and have a seat in just sit i the shower and breath in the steam otherwise it probably be medication.

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CraftyLego in reply to Pipswhips

Yes that's what my steamer is like. That's a good idea showering for a little longer to get the benefit of the steam.

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Pipswhips

If going to try cough medicine i ws given simple linctus i hospital when i was coughing.

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CraftyLego in reply to Pipswhips

Thanks for that !

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djbctla

Hi CraftyLegoYour doctor should prescribe Avamys, make sure u use it properly, I it towards the front of the nose, tilting my head down. Try to clear your nose first, perhaps with Nelimed nasal rinse. Really feel for your discomfort.

Bernardine

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CraftyLego in reply to djbctla

Thanks. I have Avamys. I will i tilt my head well. I use Sterimar first which must be similar.

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lindmat

I have had this for a few months now and have still not gotten any relief. My asthma nurse advised it was probably a nasal drip. She advised hay-fever medication and covonia. Nothing I have tried has eases it

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CraftyLego in reply to lindmat

Yes i have a nasal drip from the covid. I am also trying the Buteyko Many Small Breath Holds exercise. It does help and i believe that I have used the reliever less because of it. I am going to contact the doctor next week if I'm still using the reliever as it will be the three week point. I am also on hayfever medicine, as well as Fostair 200 and Montelukast.

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CraftyLego

I also am finding that i keep getting an incredibly dry mouth and throat. I'm drinking loads of caffeine free drinks.

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Catsncrochet

I used my rescue pack of prednisilone and co-amoxiclav plus my nebuliser with saline, salbutamol and Atrovent. I got my gp to put me on Cetirizine antihistamine as well because for me it’s often my own immune system going into overdrive. I hope you feel better soon x

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CraftyLego in reply to Catsncrochet

Thanks. I'm getting there slowly. I'm off the Ventolin but am still coughing up a lot. My throat is very unhappy with the coughing and mucus. I also take citirizine hydrochloride.

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