Article by Angela Haldane
Q. My father is constantly blowing his nose, sneezing and coughing. He has tried everything for mucous congestion from the medical approach, and it continues to be a problem. What can you suggest?
A. Mucous is secreted as part of an allergic response – of masked allergies arising from non life threatening things like food intolerances and environmental allergens. Visit this website to read about the allergy test. I have used the test for over twenty years for this type of problem with good effect.
This gives a lasting solution to the problem, once you adapt your groceries, it is relatively inexpensive.
Herbal medicine such as the Respiratory Clear contains the herbs echinacea and eyebright to improve immunity and decongest. If the mucous is watery, he could try horseradish or wasabe to heat and dry the mucous. However, if the mucous is thicker and yellow, these herbs will worsen the mucous problem by thickening and drying it even further.
In such a case, the person would benefit from a steam inhalation with some essential oils to clear the nasal passages – www.absoluteessential.com is a useful site.
The coughing often occurs at night, because the mucous in the nasal passages are dripping down to the throat. A steamy shower before bed and either a steam inhalation or herbal medicine to clear the mucous should result in a better sleep without the need to cough.