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Hello as some of you may know i have a flu/cold. I started steroids & antibiotics on wednesday which was my first day of feeling crappy.

My peak flow is still pretty good at 440 normally 450. Is there anything i can help to move congestion

I'm breathing in lots & lots of steam, my nose is alot clearer but my chest feels a little hoarse. Am i worrying to much?

Can i also take sudafed?

Thanks in advance x

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Do you have a nebuliser? I always find that nebbing saline either on it's own or together with salbutamol loosens things up!

Hope you feel better soon



Hiya no i haven't.

MY OH son was very poorly when he was little and had to give him physio to loosen the phlegm off his lungs. Hes just layed me on my side and given 5 minute slaps on either side. This has actually loosened some phlegm. Rather than swallowing any i bring up, i'm spitting it out into a tissue. I get very embarrassed doing this & it makes me feel sick. Better out than in!!

Thanks for your reply x


The only thing you may need to be careful of when having physio is that it doesn't cause bronchospasm and start an attack. Don't know of any other tips sorry x


I had a great sleep last night. Only just got up. But i feel so much better for it.

Would physio cause an attack. The nurse at the doctors last time i had a virus told me it helps loosen the mocus off your chest. It did help me unlodge phlegm last night.

Thanks for the advive though :) x


hi julie

i do chest physio twice a day and have never known it cause an attack (mind you, my asthma is fairly well controlled and I am not brittle)

you could try tipping yourself, i.e lie supported on 4/5 pillows, arranged so that your head is lower than your hips - do some deep breathing sequences in that position and gravity will move the yukky stuff into the larger airways - just like a sauce bottle! Personally I think the gravity is more effective than the percussion

also you can't beat just drinking plenty of water to keep the mucus nice and thin


Hi Polly

Thanks for that great advice!!! I will say after my OH gave me physio i did feel more clear.

Because i've used lots of steam and really tried to keep my mucus clear i have found that this has helped me keep my chest clear. I've got a very slight phlegmy cough. I only cough about 10 times in a day. I've cut right down on my milk in tea & coffee & drinking lots of water at work. I really feel the benefit after drinking lots of water.

I've also had my humidifier delivered today. After a few hours in the lounge i can really feel my chest less tickly. My sons had Croup with his virus so i steamed his bedroom before he got into bed. I've just put it on in my bedroom. Wouldn't leave it on all night as i do worry about fire hazards. Also i don't want mouldy walls. I will only use it if we are poorly to help clear congestion.

I will try the tilting tip. I've also been taking Sudafed. So all in all i'm quite confident with how my virus has sort of stabilised.

Thanks again, i hope others will benefit from your very helpful advice

Julie X


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