Chest congestion can happen due to the accumulation of mucus in the upper respiratory tract. It can cause a respiratory tract infection if not attended to. Chest congestion may also be caused due to the inflammation of the lower tract of the respiratory system. It also leads to heaviness in the chest and chest pain. Simply speaking, chest congestion is caused due to an accumulation of excess mucus and fluids in lungs. Several particles like dust, allergens etc get entrapped in the mucus and result in chest congestion.
A common cold is the most common cause of chest congestion. Apart from this, other potent allergens, fungi, and bacteria can also cause chest congestion.
Other causes of chest congestion include:
Common symptoms of chest congestion that can make you feel very uncomfortable and tired due to the short supply of oxygen are as follows:
A tightened chest, pain in the chest
Irritation in the throat
Difficulty in breathing
Some of the home remedies for chest congestion may provide comfort.
Natural home remedies for chest congestion:
1. Salt Water
Gargle with one glass warm water add a pinch of salt to it, at least 2-3 times every day for relief. This is a good chest congestion remedy.
Adding one or two drops of eucalyptus oil or peppermint essential oils in hot water and inhaling this steam is helpful in relieving chest congestion and is an effective chest congestion home remedy.
Note: These remedies may not be suitable for young children, pregnant women and people suffering from high blood pressure or heart conditions.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to one cup of warm water. Add little raw honey. Drink this solution 2 or 3 times a day for a week.