Problems with phlegm some ideas

Hi. I'm new to this site and have been reading the posts with interest as I also get times when, if even a small bit of spittle or a food crumb touches the back of my throat, I struggle to breath, and have almost passed out a couple of times. Recently I have woken up unable to breath, with a wheezing, rasping sound from my throat and have struggled to get air into my lungs - which my doctor says are clear and said it was a viral infection! - I then cough lumps of mucus and phlegm, the first lot brown, for ages until I can at least get enough air into my lungs to sit quietly. I did see a site:

with a variety of remedies which I am going to try as soon as the shops open (writing this at 6:45 am as woken by the problem) and I'll let you know if any are worth trying.

Take care.


16 Replies

  • I often wake up in the morning with mucus on my chest, and invariable it makes me sick, which is not very nice but clears my lungs. i am told it is fluid that collects on my lungs while i am laying down while sleeping.

    Waiting to see what reaction you get to the meds

    Hope you feel better soon

  • I wake up like this every day and sometimes in the night too once cleared I am ok for the rest of the day unless I catch my throat on a crumb or something. I have tried sleeping without a pillow and propped up but it makes no difference. As I am asthmatic it occasionally causes breathing problems as I don't get enough air while I am choking but nothing major just a small blip. I like the sound of the ginger tea and will give it a try.

  • I make a ginger tea each day, grated fresh ginger, honey to taste, infuse in boiled water for 5 minutes, strain, then drink. I do find this beneficial for the chest as I produce less on my chest. It also settles my sickness feeling when Im anxious.

    Jjude x

  • Thanks for this tip Jude. I'm going to try it too.

  • Hi

    I use steam before I go to bed which I find helps to clear congestion.

    I bought a Visig Facial Steamer which is supplied with an inhalation mask from Argos for £14.99 see link.



  • Hi Andy

    Thats a really good idea. I'm going to check it out. What do you do for dry air in the winter? You seem to have a lot of good suggestions!

    Rubyxx 😊 😊

  • Hi Ruby...I use brillcream really good. ..but don't use it on hot days....hope that helps your dry hair problem.


  • I use Argon oil only a very little, on my skin too. You can get hairspray with it in also. It is oily when you put it on but it absorbed instantly. I put a drop on my hands rup it all over them then run them through my hair it's just enough and it goes on evenly. If you try it do use it sparingly you can always add a little more but you really only need a tiny ammount.

  • I do hope you find a solution to your problem soon and get some much needed relief. Pete has mucus that gathers in his throat and can make him choke. It is generally clear in colour and foamy looking and he does seem to manage but sometimes just a crumb catching can set him off. Take care. xx

  • I was prescribed carbocystine to help make the phlegm Les sticky anspd easier to bring up. Have a word with your doctor.

  • I sleep with 5 pillows to stop the gunk as I call it to build up and I keep the blue pump at my bed side all the time as when I wake up I take sitting up two puffs and stay there for about 5 mins then not to bad try it I have done it for a year now and no hospital needed as my nurse said most attack come on in the mornings

  • I have been told that pineapple juice sipped during the day can help to thin the mucus? I am into my second week using it now, will let you know if it works.

  • Thank you Babbo, I book marked the link. Some good ideas there and I use Olbus oil if I ever get anything on my chest and suck Zubes because they help clear the yuck!😏💐 huff xxx

  • babbo45 If you r doctor seems to persist into saying it's a viral infection, ask him to be followed by the pulmonary nurse. Seh could refer you to the consultant, after listening to you and examining you better than that doctor. You need a better treatment. You need to hae tests and see if your sputum is infected with a bug - this can be done with a sputum test. It's usually routine to people like us to get a sputum pot and have your sputum tested.

    Also ask the nurse, if you can be referred to a hysiotherapist whocould teach you how to cough up with less strain. I can put a vidoe here - but you need to be referred as teh physio would show you better what to do.

    Here's the video:

    Hope you get help. Mic

  • IN hospital, I was made to sit up for sleeping. since I don't have a bed with a moveable back rest, I asked the physio. They either could provide a hospital bed - which I didn't want to exchange my latex mattress for or giving me a back rest. The latter has proved to be a bonus.

    Besides you ought to ask the physio for huffing clearing methods so it doesn't make you sick It's called ACBT, Active Cycle of Breathing (video shown in teh previous post of mine).

    Better ask so you can be shown this and trained.

    Hope you get help, Mic

  • Hi y'all, there were too many replies for me to answer individually so I am writing this one big thank you to you all. and thanks for replying so quickly and with so many excellent ideas to try out. I shall be making good use of them over the weeks ahead.

    It is so nice to know that there are others out there with the same problems and that you are in a community spirit so thank you again.


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