I have been sick and now can not get the taste or smell or mucus out of my mouth and I think its contributing to my quesiness. How do I get rid it?

(Last Updated: Sep 16, 2009)


The lingering taste and smell of mucus is a common problem after a bout of the flu. This will definitely make you feel a little more nauseated and queasy. You are experiencing this as there are still remnants of the mucus in your airways. You will need to get rid of this mucus in order to get rid of this problem.

While you have the flu, the mucus may be free flowing which is why one of the most common symptoms of the flu is a runny nose. Once your body has fought off the infection however, the mucus starts to thicken and may even get lodged within your airways. There are several home remedies for hardened mucus that you can use to ensure that your chest as well as your nasal passages is free of hardened mucus. A steam inhalation is one of the best methods to loosen mucus and allow it to flow freely and be expelled by the body. Fill a large deep saucepan with water and put it on high heat to boil. Once the water boils, lower the heat to medium and add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the water along with 3 teaspoons of finely chopped ginger. Once the water starts to boil again, you can take it off the heat. Add two drops of Eucalyptus oil to this water and then seat yourself such that your face is directly over the saucepan and you can breathe in the steam. Drape a towel over your head so that the steam is retained within this tent-like formation. Make sure that you inhale deeply each time as this will ensure that the steam travels throughout your respiratory system. The mint leaves help to soothe any irritation of the throat while the ginger helps to loosen the hardened mucus. In addition to this, ginger also helps to get rid of any bacteria or virus that may still be present within your bronchial passages. Eucalyptus oil helps to make the mucus thin and therefore easier to expel. While you are doing a steam inhalation, you may feel like coughing or sneezing. Do not suppress this, instead take the towel off, sneeze or cough and then continue. This continuous process helps to eliminate all traces of the hardened mucus and will therefore get rid of the unpleasant smell and taste.

Antibiotics are very effective as they kill of the bacteria causing the illness; however, they also destroy the good bacteria within your system that are essential for healthy digestion. If you were on antibiotics, make sure that you have yogurt at least once a day as yogurt is high in these probiotic bacteria and eating it will help to restore the levels of good bacteria.

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