"In vertebrates, mucus is a slippery secretion produced by, and covering, mucous membranes. It is a viscous colloid containing antiseptic enzymes (such as lysozyme) and immunoglobulins that serves to protect epithelial cells in the respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, visual, and auditory systems in mammals; the epidermis in amphibians; and the gills in fish.
Excess nasal mucus, as with a cold or allergies may be treated cautiously with decongestant medications. Excess mucus production in the bronchi and bronchioles, as may occur in asthma, bronchitis or influenza, may be treated with anti-inflammatory medications as a means of reducing the airway inflammation which triggers mucus over-production. Thickening of mucus as a "rebound" effect following over-use of decongestants may produce nasal or sinus drainage problems and circumstances that promote infection. Mucus with any color other than clear or white is generally an indicator of an infection of the nasal mucosa, the paranasal sinus or, if produced via a productive cough, of a lower respiratory tract infection."
[YEA] 01/30/2012: Sallie from Sunshine Coast, Qld. Australia: "I am hoping that Tricia reads this as she was suffering with mucous in her throat. I take Allimax capsules daily for healthy lungs & got some for my friend who suffered badly with postnasal drip & an irritating cough, she had suffered for years & had tried numerous medications & "remedies". @ Allimax capsules daily the first week & then 1 per day thereafter has fixed the lot!
Allimax contains fresh garlic bulb (but does not make you smell! ) & Golden seal. I was looking at this site for info on taking H2O2 as my son is taking it & bought me some.... Any negatives?"Replies
01/31/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Sallie, the active ingredient "Berberine" found in Goldenseal is known to inhibit B Vitamins, so it has long been suggested to not use it for extended periods; otherwise it's a great natural antibiotic."
02/02/2012: Tricia from Ireland replies: "Hi, Sallie. Thank you for your tip. I'm not sure that I can get Allimax here but I'll certainly try out the ingredients that are in it. As for H2o2 I didn't find any negatives with it. I only used it in order to clear the backlog of mucous that weaved it's way onto my lung/chest area. I knew that if I didn't do that I would be looking at a different set of problems down the line. The H2o2 opened the airways enough for me to take a strong healthy cough to clear everything, which I had previously been unable to do. Now I will intermttantly use it if I haven't been able to 'spit or blow' my nasal drips. I have only found H2o2 to be a benefit. Thank you again for the tip."
02/03/2012: Marco from Toronto, Canada replies: "TO TRICIA FROM IRELAND:
HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR H2O2? HOW MUCH AND WHAT KIND? THANKS"
Apple Cider Vinegar
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 01/08/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx: "I need help with excessive mucous.I have it in my nose and my lungs. It has been about 2 months and I am going crazy. ACV helps a little but it comes back. I will try potassium and see if that helps. If anyone else has any suggestions I would appreciate it."Replies
01/09/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Brooke from Montgomery, Tx.,
Google "potassium iodide" and look through references until you find one mentioning Tahoma Clinic. Pull this one up to read Dr. Jonathan Wright's article about SSKI (saturated solution of potassium iodide).
Since it has many different uses (including one that Dr. Wright didn't mention of using 2 drops of SSKI or Lugol's solution daily to aid your stomach in producing hydrochloric acid to digest your food), I suggest that you print this article to keep on hand for ready reference. I found it to be quite useful in liquefying secretions in the lungs and head to aid in getting them out more easily.
Also, please remember to not dilute your Lugol's or SSKI in chlorinated water to avoid the chemical reaction converting your potassium iodide back into iodine!"
12/05/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Joyce, I have recently found a hair remedy solution that has Iodine in it. I have been religiously taking it and my hair, skin and nails have been changed to the point that I am extremely excited! I am telling everyone about it! However, it has not helped the mucous situation. It has been a year that I have had this. I have tried Edgar Cayce remedies, which I am a HUGE believer in, and Chiropractic, to name a few! I am also a Body Alignment Technique practitioner and have used that to try and solve my problem with no luck! This has definitely been a problem for me for the past year. Is there any other remedy that you or Ted could suggest? I would try just about anything to rid myself of this condition!"
11/18/2011: Justino from Chicago, Il replies: "May I ask what the hair, skin, nails treatment you are using is called? It sounds like something I would be interested in.
Cayenne, Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/16/2013: Wendy from Brisbane, Australia : "I suffer badly from excess mucous, occasional palpitations and also candida in my body which I have been trying to rid for years. I have been taking a drink of 1 level teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, and 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon in half a glass of warm water. I take this after my lunch each day. My query is if this is too much to have mixed together and whether they are counteracting each other, ie due to blood thinning properties will this be harmful to me. I started this about 3 weeks ago and find that I have had a lot more mucous in my throat and also sinus problems. Is this my bodies way of getting rid of these problems? Any information will be helpful."Replies
04/17/2013: Wendy from Brisbane replies: "Thanks for your reply. I have tried both of these remedies without any success. Whenever I take ACV my blood pressure goes up and I feel quite ill. I don't know why I have this reaction as it is supposed to bring pressure down."
04/17/2013: Tiana from Wolverhamptonu, Uk replies: "Hi, I found that cutting out dairy milk, using butter insead of margarine and no cheese made a huge difference.
I've also found that using the 2tsb of Apple cider vinegar (with or without the Bicarbonate Soda) give practically immediate relief to sinus problems and my general sense of well being. I drink it with a little hot water or add it to a cold drink for 5 days then take 2 days off and I use it on my salads.
Can't believe I suffered for years and the remedy is so simple. :)"
04/18/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Wendy: The herbal combo sounds OK, but you should also rotate to an entirely different herbal combo and then monitor results; pathogen killers like Grapefruit seed, Oregano, Garlic, Neem, and Olive Leaf will surely help. Zinc/Vit-A is critical to the epithelial tissues that secrete mucus. Supplementing NAC helps clear excessive mucus from the body."
08/09/2013: Kazoo16 from Florida replies: "Try eliminating all dairy products for 2 weeks. Be sure to read labels on any processed foods as it is amazing where you will find lactose products."
[YEA] 11/07/2013: Nature34 from Bay Area, Ca replies: "I found a cure for my excessive phlegm and mucus problem: Turmeric! It worked instantly for me so I hope this will help someone out there.
I have to say turmeric is one of the herbs that I dislike the most, I don't like the way it smells, tastes and it pretty much discolors everything. However it's a miracle cure for many ailments. Here's how I take turmeric:
Heat up 1/4 cup of water,
Add 1/2 teaspoon or more turmeric powder,
a few drops of coconut oil or any type of oil that you prefer
a pinch of cayene pepper, skip it if not available.
The point is to disolve the turmeric in the water, they say turmeric works best in oil or milk since I do not always have milk in the fridge so I always use oil. I found this basically out of desperation because prior to that, I tried everything: anitbiotic, garlic, salt water, daikon radish...nothing helped.
I drank this turmeric mixture before bed time and was able to sleep really well without having my nose and throat plugged up.
I think ginger may work the same way since turmeric and ginger are in the same plant family.
If I have fresh ginger on hand, I would just basically chop it up real fine and take it with a big glass of water.
Three of the things I always have in my pantry: turmeric, ginger and garlic. I take garlic for cold and sinus, remmeber to buy fresh garlic grown in the US and not the cheap stuff from China.
I cannot emphasize enough that nature does provide almost every cure you need for most ailments, the only issue is whether you are aware of it or not."
11/08/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Nature 34,
Thank you Nature 34 for the Tumeric suggestion and esp the detail in which you present how you take it as well as the conditions you use it to treat.
That was a great post."
08/28/2013: Jance from Ontario: "I am a 58 years young gluten-free female with digestive problems for about 7 years. I have since been diagnosed celiac and following that continued to lose weight. I am far below a healthy weight. I started a candida diet 8 weeks ago with some success. Here is a list of issues:
- Difficulty swallowing
- When food does go down, I often vomit large amounts of thick bubbly clear mucous
- Shortness of breath
- Mouth sores (bleeding) throughout my mouth
- badly receding gums
- Eye discharge in the mornings
These symptoms appeared gradually one at a time, with the shortness of breath being last. I have started inhaling H202 this week for my lungs. Would you know what is causing the mucous when I start a meal and how to remedy? Are the mouth sores connected? Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Janice"Replies
08/28/2013: Happy from Up The Creek In Wv, Usa replies: "In response to 08/28/2013: Jance from Ontario who writes: "I am a 58 years...." Sounds like you have been poisoned. Now you have to figure out what type of poison it is, and how it ended up in your body... Are you in the midst of a divorce? Good luck."
08/28/2013: Mt from Ottawa, Ontario replies: "You may have a partial blockage of the small/ large intestine. Also it can be that your stomach/ pancreas/ liver may not work properly.
Less acid in your stomach can lead to malabsorbtion of nutrients -this is the reason for your symptoms. Same can happen if you don't have enough bile or pancreatic enzymes.
Read about Calamus root and also Swedish Bitter.
For the pancreas a juice of papaya and aloe in equal parts will help to reduce inflamation (1/3 cup of each 3 times daily)
For intestinal polyps, Horse tail is a good herb."
08/29/2013: Jessie from Riverdale, Md replies: "Jance, so sorry to hear about your difficulties! I have been reading the stories on the hydrogen peroxide inhalation page and it make me think of you. You might read some of those pages. Also, if you have mercury fillings or root canals, those things can cause a body to have all sorts of ailments. It might be something to look in to. Hope you find relief soon. Jessie"
09/03/2013: Hotlava from Seattle replies: "Possibly try bottle dosage of Vitamin A and betaine HCL (stomach digestion aid). Sounds like you have gastroparesis (slowed and delayed stomach emptying), overgrowth of something in your gi tract, and impaired immmunity. could be due to heavy metals in your environment- silver colored mercury filings in your mouth, or living in an old house. But since you mention celiac (auto-immune dz), and receeding gums, I think mercury. So sorry for your troubles! Good luck!"
11/21/2013: Mary from Edmonton replies: "Frothy sputum can be a sign of heart problems especially with the shortness of breath. Better see a specialist as soon as possible for an accurate diagnosis before you do anything."
11/27/2013: Becky from Columbus, Oh replies: "Janice, I agree with Mary! ASAP- do not delay - do not continue to treat yourself- esp due to shortness of breath- locate a reputable health practitioner in your area!"
11/05/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada: "Is Mucoid Plaque real? Has anyone really seen it when they cleanse believing they had mucoid plaque?"Replies
08/31/2013: Kath from Bangkok replies: "Hi. I've never seen it in the way they describe it. I suspect these big sausage things they show on internet sites are moulds of the bentonite clay etc hardening in the guts.
However what I have seen - and this was while fasting (no use of bentonite or any thing else - nil by mouth apart from water)... I was doing an enema with salted water and apple cider vinegar... I think it was day 4 of a fast and I was feeling lousy, weak nauseous, toxic, aching back.
And these snakeskin like things exploded out of me. Weird looking. I investigated and they were mucus tubes, not skin - about 5cm long, each of them. So I'm assuming they were thick layers of hardened mucus that lined my intestines.
I am extremely toxic, sorry to say. I am assuming that candida or other pathogens had been hiding inside / behind this layer. I had to rest for a couple of hours after this expulsion... felt very tired.
So... my answer is yes and no to mucoid plaque. Definitely biofilms build up if you've been sick a long time then nasties have got a hold of parts of your body - the intestines being a nice hidie hole for them. And these are the sources for focal infections - repeated infections that get you when you are down. To recover fully, your body has to root out these axes of evil and destroy them. So you will feel sick probably each time while the immune system is trying to nuke them.
But I don't think the lurid pictures you see on the net are necessarily mucoid plaque.... I think that's the sensationalist tabloid version of the story."
05/24/2012: Laura from Outback Nsw, Australia: "I have a big problem with excess mucous and after checking this site would like to try ginger. All of the suggestions say to use ginger root but I'm wondering if it is okay to use the ginger powder instead as I have limited access to fresh ginger."
[YEA] 08/26/2010: Frankii from Quincy, Ma, Usa: "I used to have a lot of sticky mucus coming up from my throat when I drink or eat something wrong. Nothing help me so far to relief this problem except drinking real ginger boiled with water."Replies
08/29/2010: Linde from St. Paul, Mn Usa replies: "Frankii - I had the same problems as you (I also read your previous post). What helped me with the mucus was drinking Kefir - but not the stuff you buy in the stores. You need to get the grains that you make at home. I am fortune to be able to use raw milk to make mine - however any milk will work - just make sure that its organic. Years ago, I went to a naturopathic doctor who diagnosed me with a BAD case of candida and parasites. I had ALL of the symptoms you did. People would step back from me when I talked - so I know my breath was BAD!!! I took Diflucan and Nystatin to initially knock out the candida. Then I tried a herbal formula for the parasites. I went thru some major detox sysmtoms but my horrible fecal breath went away for good. Using the homemade kefir has been wonderful for my entire digestive system!!! I cannot recommend it highly enough! I use it in smoothies in the AM or just plain (tastes like buttermilk). Good luck with this Frankii - I can relate to what you are going thru. Linde"
08/30/2010: Rosa from Marietta, Ga/usa replies: "I would like to know how to make kefir"
10/01/2010: Aisak from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I have a video on how to make kefir on youtube. My youtube username is lilchez1. This is the link but I don't know if I am allowed to post links here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-emhjL2Too
It is good stuff. I will have to start drinking it again if it will clear the mucus in my lungs."
05/18/2013: Patrice from Nashua, Nh replies: "Tho it has ginger tea in the subject that is incorrect but the site will not let me change it... I see yr email dates back to 2010 re your kefir YouTube demo but when I clicked on the link a msg "private video" comes up. I know it's 3 yrs later but do u still have the recipe and can it be accessed via YT? Thanks"
11/24/2011: Christine from Nottingham, England: "Have had this problen of excesive throat mucus, sore throat, frothing etc, for over two years. I was put on acid blockers, which made the problem worse. In my opinion the problem is caused by fermentation possibly caused by abnormal gut flora. I am now taking probiotics and betaine hcl with food. I am also drinking dandelion tea for its anti inflammatory properties.
In my experience high levels of histamine are possibly involved, which can cause irritation and inflammation. Abnormal gut flora can cause excessive histamine. If you goggle histamine you can see the disruption it can cause. Some foods block the enzyme that breaks it down and others can cause you to produce more. It is a very interesting subject. I am having some success at last. The foggy feeling is gone, as is the blurred vision. The mucus is clearing and my throat is no longer sore. It is early days. I hope this posting can help others, as the medical people are not interested. Good luck to your all and good health."Replies
01/27/2013: Chadi10 from Dubai, UAE replies: "Hello Christine... I am having the same problem... I am wondering what have you done to get rid of it"
05/04/2013: Christine from Nottingham, Uk replies: "Hi everyone, my husband passed away last Friday, he had liver cancer mets. It happened very qiuckly, a matte of weeks. My mucus condition has got much worse with the stress. I have posted before on this site and I feel so alone at the moment. Any words of comfort would help. Thanks. Christine"
05/04/2013: Liz from Boston, Massachusetts replies: "Christine - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
05/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "You loved WELL. I'm sorry about your loss of love and friendship and the sorrow you went through as the illness progressed.
May your days bring a songbird and a ray of golden warmth from heaven with drips of holy rain upon your brow and only the fondest of every memory you have stored.... Let them come.... Let them come... Yes today and tomorrow and the next. Bless Her Lord with the fragrance of Your Love and the atmosphere of heaven let it come... Let it come.... bless her today and tomorrow and the next.
An arrow from the quiver of the Lord , may it pierce your Sorrow with His JOY.
Stress produces fight or flight hormones to prepare the body for action... Stops digestion and slows urination.... Steals water, minerals , hormones and nutrients.
So first make an effort to drink two cups of water in the morning when you awake. Wait half hour and eat something with some vitamins minerals and omegas and sea salt to rehydrate and get those mucus secretions thinned back out. Try to keep hydrating> as you can and getting healthy food in your body.
Set out in the sun and get some vitamin D in your body. Open the window and get some fresh air. Buy a candle and some epson salt and spray your favorite perfume in the air in the bathroom , light the candle , put salts in the tub , put on music that fills your cup and , drink some extra water, eat an apple or fruit or berries in the tub.... Keep tissue near by and let yourself CRY. You are an amazing woman ... who loved her husband... Pat yourself on the back for being there for him and now TAKE CARE OF YOU. Take walks to get circulation going if you can. BREATHE"
05/04/2013: Christine from Nottingham, Uk replies: "Thank you to Joy and Liz for your kind words, It makes Me feel less alone, My husband and myself made a tape recording of our voices so if one of use died we would still be able to hear thier voice. I play many times a day. It make me cry but I am glad I can still hear his voice. Thanks again Christine"
05/04/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Christine, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Many thoughts and prayers are with you, and may our heartfelt sympathy surround and uplift you. You are not alone.
In regard to the mucous problem, I have recently come across some information about how the correct bacteria in the mouth can keep the mouth, throat, sinuses and ears healthy by taking up the space formerly occupied by bad bacteria. Some probiotic supplements containing the common L.Salivarius, also contain BLIS K12 and BLIS M18 that supposedly act like a natural antibiotic by replacing the bad bacteria. Supposedly also helps with bad breath. Makes sense, since many with these problems have excellent oral health routines and yet these problems persist. They come in lozenges and gum. It's a possibility for your problem. Best wishes and take good care."
05/04/2013: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Dear Christine - I would like to express my condolences along with all the others who did so from your Earth Clinic family. You are going through an incredibly difficult time. Crying is part of the healing process and helps release some of the sorrow. May you find peace with the audio recordings of your husband. That is such a beautiful thing to have done for each other. Take care and best wishes. Bess"
05/05/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I know grief but not from loss of a person but of myself. There is a email system, sends a daily email of how to go through grief.... I got it for two years. Griefshare... you get an email everyday. They have mention of products but I didn't buy any. Learned a lot about grief. Get a lovely journal and write about each day as you go through it.... Love, JOY"
05/05/2013: Jan from Vancouver, B.c. Canada replies: "Hi Christine, Sorry for your loss. My sympathy and condolences to you. When we lose someone, it feels like our life has become empty but that is not true. God loves us that's why he gave us life and he wants us to be happy. Do the things that make you happy --- hobbies, etc. Personally, I have a Teacher/Master who has shown me a way/technique to be in tune with that Peace within. So, even in times of turmoil I can tune within and be in Peace, then the things outside and around us becomes easier to handle. You can check it out at: wopg.org ---- that means Word of Peace Global. It's free whatever he shows us (sorry I cannot explain it here). I hope you will check that site out. Take care of yourself and don't feel you are alone."
05/05/2013: Deb from Hampton, Va replies: "Christine, I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. This is a very difficult time for you and you should reach out to friends and family. They will lift you up and carry you if need be. Don't worry you will see him again one day. Be kind to yourself and realize that it will take you time to come to terms with this loss. I am here if you ever need to talk. kindwoman711(at) hotmail [dot] com"
05/06/2013: Christine from Nottingham, Uk replies: "Hi Deb thank for your kind support. I do not have an email adress at the moment. I need to learn how to do it. I was thinking of try to start a support group for people who have lost a partner. I need to get a bit stronger first. I cry a lot at the moment my computer is geting soggy. Many thanks to the kind folks of Earth Clinic."
05/06/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Hi Christine, I have read the posts about your loss and want to express my condolences. Magnesium and the B-Complex vitamins are very important. St. John's Wort will also help but I have to open the capsules and take the contents with water.
I feel that when you keep listening to your husband's voice, now, it's going to prolong your healing. You have enough to remind you if you are still in the house you shared. We lost everything we owned in a fire and I was only able to save my nine-month old. I know our two-and-a-half year old went to be the Lord and that is what gave me comfort in the midst of so must pain. I could not look at her pictures for a very long time and I could not talk about her without going to pieces. Even now, writing this to you, I'm a little choked up. You never get over the death of someone you love but time will give you strength so at a later time you can start to listen to the tape again, if that is what you choose to do. We have the news briefs about the fire in 1987 but the memories are fresh when I look at the tape. Some things are better left alone. Our loved ones are not here anymore and we have to get on with life with the hopes we will be reunited. Today happens to be my birthday and my mother died three days before my birthday several years ago. Just to let you know you are not alone in your pain."
06/29/2013: Anonymous from Pacific Palisades, Ca replies: "The nutritionist told me that if you have inflammation in your gut your entire body is susceptible to infections, and host of other digestion issues so you have excessive mucous for protection. First get the inflammation under control then you can actually absorb 100% of the nutrients when you gut is inflammed you may only be absorbing 35-50% of you nutrients. First, she gave me an allergy test and we removed all the allergic foods and she put us on the GAPS diet and gave me turmeric pills to take and drinking fresh grated ginger tea . But could not drink any herb or caffeine teas or caffeine all of these are diruetic eliminate all sugar, wheat or dairy and soy."
[YEA] 11/24/2012: Christine from Nottingham, Uk: "I have suffered from reflux and excessive mucus in throat for over 3 years. I started taking Mastic gum 2 days ago. It is working like a dream. No morning mucus and my digestion is so much better. I understand it also kills H pylori. Great stuff. Hope this helps others. Best to all. Christine"
[YEA] 05/03/2013: Katherine from Grand Junction, Co: "The neti pot is THE BEST invention for excess nasal mucus. I absolutely love mine! I have a horrid sore throat (very, very painful) and horrid cough which is heading into my ears and I imagine eventually my nose. I used my neti pot a few minutes ago and even though I didn't feel stuffy, just a slight bit of occassional runniness I rinsed out some real ugly goobers - ha. Grey/beige booggies the size of Dallas - YUCCK! My ears are presently stuffed up so I'm hoping the neti helps, if not then I will pour a bit of peroxide into them for 5 min and then drain. I've also been doing self lymphatic massage. You can find video's on YOUTUBE to learn how. I've been gargling with cayenne which didn't work for me and I used fresh hot stuff at 90 BTU's; 1/4 tsp in a few TBS of warm h20. Been drinking lemon water with honey and cayenne, or vinegar water with honey and cayenne. Made homemade chicken soup with lots of onions and garlic - I used Jin Shin Jyutsu on myself several times, but still got sick and have been so for three days now. I cough up putrid thick, dense grey/beige gunk in the morning for 20 minutes, and in the afternoon. I am losing my voice from the sore throat and coughing so hard. I haven't tried fresh garlic because I'm out, maybe I'll call a friend in a few minutes to see if she can drop some by. Oops I forgot my son dropped off some essential oils, not sure what they are. He said to wipe around my nose and mouth to breath easier- let's hope for good things QUICKLY!! Also I put a nice warm Castor oil pack on my chest last night and my spleen area this morning.
Any other suggestions folks??? I'm going to Castor pack my spleen area again. And I don't eat sugar or wheat either, no cheese. A little cream with coffee or tea. Hugs, K"Replies
05/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "At watercure.com you will love this information for overall improved health... A humidifier works miracles or a sauna steam room, drink water in the sauna. Potato chips and lots of water. Garlic tabs up to 6 a day with your chips and water. Vicks on q tip up the nose, spread it around and if needed above top lip to open airway. Get some sun if you can and read an uplifting book. Add extra pillow unders yours when sleeping. Steamy shower, cough stuff up and spit it out, blow nose and stay in as long as you can.
If throat is full of mucus put a couple grains of salt on tongue. Too much orange juice will throw electrolytes out of balance and make histamine worse."
[YEA] 01/27/2013: Roger from Clarkston, Michigan: "I've been reading the many posts about chronic mucus in the throat. I've been there done that for many years. I've seen 4 different doctors without any positive results and tried MANY - MANY Rx's. I've been tested for allergies, asthma and GERD and I'm not a smoker. I not knocking the medical community but they seem to have tunnel vision when it comes to this condition. With the help of some on-line postings and some research, I've come upon some promising results.
Antibiotics seem to be a common denominator. When a doctor prescribes an antibiotic it kills all the bacteria [good and bad] in your system this is good when you are ill since it eliminates what was making you ill. However the elimination of the good bacteria has consequences. [Please note that I'm not a medical professional so my descriptions/explanations may not be stated well but this is what I've pieced together with some research] There is a relationship in the body between mucus and good bacteria. If the good bacteria are not adequate, the body produces mucus as protection.
With my condition, I separated it to a mucus problem and a post-nasal drip problem. First the mucus - Probiotics are designed to replace the good bacteria. They are not new and have been around for a long time and there is a lot of information available on them doing your own research is recommended. In my case, I've been prescribed antibiotics many times over the years but never replaced the good bacteria. So I started with a low dose of Probiotic and worked up. [I currently take 3 capsules 2X daily] This has reduced the mucus in my throat a lot maybe 80% or more. [I'm reluctant to say that I'm cured]
Next the post-nasal drip. This is still a work in progress. Over-the-counter decongestants aren't a solution for me Sudafed-like compounds mess with my blood pressure but I still use Flonase. So thanks to another on-line posting, I'm trying lemon water with cayenne pepper in it not a lot of pepper but enough to give it a little warmth. [Yes, I know this sounds like a witch's brew but it's really not so bad] So far, so good! It seems to be working.
I hope this information works. Good luck.
Follow this URL for more info on chronic sinus problems: http://markstengler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/chronic_sinus.pdf"Replies
05/06/2013: Chickenlittle from S.d, Ca replies: "One of the most amazing probiotics is Bacillus Subtilis. This saved many men's lives during the war, it was once used as an antibiotic, and still may be in some areas of the world. I think it is best to take several strains of probiotics, I also buy lactose free kefir it is amazing."
05/30/2013: Sunny from Sg, Ca replies: "Try a neti pot for your postnasal drip. Google it, it's pretty much rinsing you nasal passages with sea salt water. I use the neti pot with Himalyan salt. It's natural so worth the try! It works!!"
06/01/2013: Cindy Wright from North Little Rock, Ar: "I have a water faucet for a nose. The left side runs real bad. If I bend my head down it will run or if I bend my head back it will run down my throat. Any change in my head movement will cause my nose to run. The doctors did a cat scan as well as a MRI and said that I had an environmental allegories. Nothing has come close to stopping this and my nose is getting very sensitive from all the blowing and wiping. What can I do to stop this? Is there something I can take? Please help!!!"Replies
06/02/2013: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "I advocate the use of colloidal silver at high ppm levels squirted by sniffing into the sinus passages or better use an ear syringe to gently squirt into the passages. One side is usually more dominately infected than the other. I make my own and have done so for many, many years. Squirt into the sinus on the worst side: expect to feel it sting. Then do the other side. It will sting but not so bad. Repeat in fifteen minutes. If the infection is from a "mean" virus (lipid coated) you might have to attack it for a number of days with four or five applications daily. Sometimes the virus is hiding in the eustacian tubes so if the infection persists, apply silver solution to the ears, again using an ear syringe. So by squirting into ears and sinus you will get all of the eustacian passage. I get infected ten or fifteen times yearly, and before silver it always lasted many days or weeks. Yes, I could have a "cold" a third of the year. Not so for the past 18 years. I knock out the infection in a matter of minutes."
06/02/2013: Amy from Los Angeles, Ca. replies: "What helps me with constant mucus is a netti pot filled with warm water and 4 or 5 drops of apple cider vinegar. Flush both nostrils with this solution into the upper sinuses. I try this whenever I have a mucus problem. I have had no side effects."
06/02/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Try cutting out dairy for 3 weeks. Dairy is known to increase mucous production."
06/02/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Also, you could have sinusitis. Especially if it is only/worse on one side. Try a neti pot. Here is EC's section on sinusitis. https://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/chronic_sinusitis.html"
06/02/2013: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "When I get seasonal allergies I take 2000-3000mg of MSM twice per day and that calms the symptoms down."
10/29/2012: Christine from Nottingham, Uk: "Hi Terry, I am a fellow sufferer. It is hard when doctors do not want to help. If you look down the eiments section under mucus issues there are a few suggestion icluding my own. I have not found a quick solution. Some days are better than others, but a clean diet without too many carbs seems vital at least at first. Lisa, Bill and ted usually have some great suggestions, I know it can be beat. Best to all the great folk on this site and to you Terry.Christine"Replies
06/29/2013: Anonymous from Tacoma, Wash replies: "I had two full pulmonary work ups tests were all negative. I had excess mucous in my lungs a thick heavy flora and I was wheezing, my ears hurt a little. I was coughing up mucous all day, but no nasal congestion at all. Researched and zeroed in on dental issues met with my holistic dentist who blew up the digital xray BIG! Removed both root canals and a wisdom tooth all were infected this was the cause! Believe me most MD will never ever think of this as the cause. Then I met with my ND who did ozone injection into sinuses and into the tooth extraction sites and surrounding area this eliminated most of the problems, but I was given instructions to clean out my lungs. Colloidal silver with nano-particles, put one 1 drop peppermint oil and 1 drop eucapytus oil in nebulizer do this 3-4 times a day 10-15 minutes deep full breaths . I was instructed to use steam (water and Eucaplytus oil) with towel draped over me the ND told me to get mucinex and cough it up. I was told to hang off the bed but since I have a back inversion board I just used that the gravity pulls all the mucous out. Be well"
10/28/2012: Terry from Naples, Fl: "For the past 6 month I mostly can't eat, it seems like food is getting stuck half way down and then up it comes with all the mucas. Now I talke 3-4 bites and it triggers the mucas, up it comes, my eyes run and my nose swells shut! Funny thing is I can drink protein drinks fine and started doing raw vegies & fruite smoothies which is ok. I sometime can eat junk like popcorn, vegies straws! But when it comes to real food I can't get it down or it does not stay down. Dr's have been no help. I have allegeries and get sinusitus a lot. I am getting rather desperate to just eat a normal meal."Replies
10/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Terry, I can't say I was as extreme as you are describing but, it was pretty bad. I don't want to give the graphic details but I will tell you what I did to overcome this situation. First off, I can sympathize with you and am sorry you are suffering. This was the condition I was in when I first discovered EC so I learned a lot on here.
This may sound radical but I used hydrogen peroxide to remove a lot of the mucus in my sinus area. I would take a q-tip dipped in HP and put it up in my nostrils which would cause a cascade of mucous to be released. It was really crazy but so much came out, I didn't know one could have that much! People thought I had a cold because I just kept blowing my nose. I did this for about 3 days and found great relief. Still, my body kept producing more so I realized this was helping the symptoms but not the cause.
Next, I removed dairy and radically changed my diet. Again, a huge shift and what I noticed was the constant surge of pain in my legs disappeared! Then, I began detoxing in many different ways. Some I learned here on EC so you could look at the detoxification section to gain ideas.
I then went to my acupuncturist and asked him to help me. He said my digestion was not working properly and my stomach needed work. I would imagine this condition was long standing as I was pretty crazy in my youth regarding eating issues. He did both acupuncture and gave me herbal tonics to heal that and various other issues we would discover. He even said, I had too much mucus in my body from undigested food. I am a true believer in TCM to go to the cause of the symptoms which are what the western drs. Look at and then administer drugs to cover them up. I would highly suggest you find a good Traditional Chinese medicine Dr. as well.
And now I no longer have this condition. I continue to detox on a regular basis, I take betaine HCL with every meal which has made a huge difference, I keep dairy at a minimum now and periodically go to my acupuncturist for a tune up. I also take Chinese herbs to keep my body strong and tonified. Anyway, I hope this information helps. Stay strong, Lisa"
09/25/2013: Anon from Oregon replies: "Hi, I have trouble with mucus in my stomach that wants to come up at night or when I first get up. I have trouble digesting certain foods, so whenever I eat beef, chicken or fried foods I take Ox Bile."
09/26/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Anon from Oregon:
Re you digestive issue which you describe as "mucus" coming up in you when you first get up in the morning; actually this sounds like an acid reflux issue and would suggest two things.
First make a dietary change. Lots about that on Earth Clinic. Coffee is a big contributor to reflux; de caf is also acidic and it's the acidic foods that most contribute to reflux. Sweets, esp at night also are big problems. Since I quit eating sugars (95 percent gone) my reflux is gone. Look at anything acidic; chillis, heavy meat meals at night; ice cream is a top of the list contributor esp when eaten at night.
Second is to drink apple cider vinegar. ACV is really big on Earth Clinic and for good reason. It just does so much. Take a tablespoon in a glass of water and add a half teaspoon of baking soda before bed. I like the taste and the drink will help with digestion. Finally and part of the second really, is to take a few pills nightly of HCL (hydrocloric acid) as a suppliment or some have good results from a combo of digestive enzymes obtained at the health food stores.
So: alter the diet and add digestive supplements.
I've gone thru exactly what you are going thru now. There is a solution. These two steps are what cured my digestive problems.
Best to you....Dave"
09/29/2012: Danimal from Dc, Usa: "Help! It seems to only happen if I am in a hurry or under stress, I. E. Taking out the trash the night b4- no problem, but if I hear the truck on the way and I am rushing to beat it I feel like I am gonna die! It hurts to breathe, my chest and jaw hurts and I produce mucous like a horse foaming at the mouth. I can walk or swim for miles or shovel snow from my long driveway- if I am in no hurry- no problem, but if I am in a hurry or stressed, even a hundred feet and I really feel like I should call an ambulance which others have offered but I always refuse. If am am going with others to a concert or a sporting event I always have to fall behind and take a break every 2 minutes to rest and I will produce a gallon of phlegm. I have to spit every few seconds, it's totally gross. Let alone the feeling that I am gonna die right there. 10 - 15 minutes of pure rest, drinking alot of water and repeatedely rinsing out my mouth as well as some sort of effective distraction is when I know I am not actually gonna die. No one - even Dr.s have any clue so far. Does this sound familiar to any one? "Replies
09/29/2012: Lorraine from Indianapolis, Indiana replies: "Hi, I believe Ted recommends something called N-acetyl Cystine for excess mucous. You may want to do a site search here @ EC on N-Acetyl Cystine to see his full remarks. cayenne powder ma7 also help. Best, Lorraine"
09/29/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Danimal, I had a similar problem and yes, I agree, it was disgusting. My acupuncturist said I had a mucus condition and it was caused by poor digestion. He treated me for that. It worked! On the other hand, you don't say anything about your diet. That's something else you might want to clean up. Both have changed that condition for me. Hope this helps, Lisa"