How to treat congestion, coughing and chest ache?

The build up of mucus and phlegm within the bronchial tube and the lungs is commonly referred to as chest congestion. You may feel tautness in your chest, which is often caused by the concentration of the phlegm in the chest. You may also experience a low grade pain or an acute pain depending on the severity of the congestion. Exposure to a cold atmosphere along with persistent and regular bouts of common cold and cough are the primary factors responsible for chest congestion. Chest congestion and chest aches are merely symptoms and to gain relief from them it is critical that the ailments responsible for them be treated first.

One of the home remedies that have been known to be beneficial in the treatment of a cough is fresh onion juice. Have a tablespoon of the juice every morning until the congestion clears completely. Another alternative is to take fresh onion juice and honey in equal measures and keep the mixture aside for about 5 hours. Consuming a teaspoonful of this mixture, twice daily, is believed to be effective in the treatment of cough and in eliminating the phlegm from the chest. It is quite simple to prepare an effective cough tonic at home, for the treatment and prevention of cough. Take 2 teaspoons each of freshly extracted onion juice along with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Boil this mixture with some water and add 2 teaspoons of honey to it after the concoction has cooled. A teaspoon of this tonic taken twice daily is very beneficial.

The healing properties of ginger are also very effective in providing relief from chest congestion and cough. It is beneficial to drink a teaspoon of freshly extracted ginger juice twice daily. Adding some honey to the ginger will help in enhancing its taste. Drinking hot ginger tea can also work as an effective cough remedy as it helps in eliminating the buildup of phlegm in the chest. Moreover the hot tea is also beneficial in soothing the tautness and unpleasantness in the chest caused by the congestion. Another tried and tested home remedy to treat cough and colds, is to consume herbal tea. Prepare a brew by adding some grated ginger root, a couple of garlic pods and a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice to boiling water. Strain it and add some honey to the mixture. Drinking this tea is considered beneficial as the ginger, garlic and honey helps in treating the infection whilst the lemon juice relieves the cough and aids easy respiration.

answered by G M

Begin treating your trio of problems with congestion, which usually leads to coughing. In all probability, it is what is leading to your chest ache as well. To take care of congestion, take a facial and head steam for about 20 minutes with water that has Vicks Vaporub added to it. This will make you perspire and your nose run - flush it often and well, and you will see your congestion gradually disappearing. This method is always a good one to use as it will also open up your pores and sinuses, thus making it easier to breathe better. Onions and garlic are particularly good products to consume for a cold. Both have tendencies to act as expectorants, which will loosen mucus, and they also have healing properties which will help you to heal faster. Make a mixture of onion and garlic juice in any proportion and have a teaspoon of this every alternate hour. The difference will be dramatic. If you want, you can also add a bit of honey to this mixture.

If you live in a place where the climate is dry and cold, try to use a humidifier. This will make a tremendous difference in easing your general stuffiness. Stay away from air conditioners for the duration, as they serve to solidify phlegm more. If possible, try to have a teaspoon of ginger juice mixed with an equal amount of honey at night before going to bed. This will help to loosen mucus and will ease your chest pain greatly as well. To ease chest ache, you can keep a warm compress on your chest. This will make you feel better as it will soothe the muscles that have probably been overworked and are weakened trying to fight the general congestion and coughing. Have a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder added to it every night before going to bed. This will help to heal you from within.

answered by G M

Warning: does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. see additional information
Read more questions in Health Advice