What works to get rid of thick mucus?

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does anyone use a hand held mucus device. I seen a few available on line they are small and not very expensive.  I am also trying the different caugh excercise.  What works for you.

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    I have one Pam, which I got free from NHS but they dont cost much, and do help, as long as its used regularly.

    I did buy a battery operated device called ''Aerosure'' which was about £130.00 and a waste of money/time.

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      We're do I get it from the dr or just ask the phamacy.?   What should I ask for how much did yours cost and how does it work?

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    Hi cut down on dairy foods as while they don't cause more mucus they make it thicker.   Also drink lots of water to think it down.

    I have heard people talk about a device called a flutter which apparently vibrates the chest wall and loosens mucus.  I have never used one but some say it helps them.  It's cheaper than Aerosure. 

    You can also ask your doctor for Monkelast or something similiar which will help you cough it up.   Not sure of the spelling but ask your doctor/nurse.  x

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      i gave up dairy in October, wow do I miss cheese.  I have also done steam  , breathing it in twice a day for fifteen minutes with a towel over my head.  I have to remember not to hot don't want to burn my lungs.  Also tried ucoliptys oil mixed with hemp oil and message with a heating pad after.

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    Well I walked two miles to the pharmacy and the pharmacist said they only carried one and this is shoppers drug mart.  He should me a video of aerobika open 84.99,  no batteries also he told me he was a repitory thearipist and asked how I heard about this.  I told him from watching caughing exercises.  I asked about other devices and he said he never heard of them and most likely not approved in Canada.  So anyway it will be delivered tomorrow.
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    Hi Pam ,yes I do ,I was struggling to do my chest clearance when I had a repeated chest infection ,I was so worn out I was using my nebuliser as I hadn't got the puff to use my inhaler I was so weak ,and the mucus would move so far (sorry ) but then as it was so thick and sticky it would get stuck and I felt like I was choking ,it was so tiring ,anyway the copd nurse recommended me to try a flutter devise have a look on amazon I think they are about £45 ,I was lucky my gp prescribed mine ,I wouldn't be without it now ,I use it morning and night and sometimes during the day if I need to ,it's a simple item to use and doesn't involve medication ,however I do take mucadyne tablets they to help loosen the mucus ,if you go on you tube ,and type in flutter devise it should show you how you to use it ,,,but it's really simple it's just like doing the breathing exercise,, but simpler,best wishes ,

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      He said use it about 20 minutes a day so I guess it's fine to use on good days to. Thanks nan you have been such a peach.

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      That pharmacy is so great it came in an hour ago and I just used it kinda got a little light headed but it works.  You have to do the huff caugh every ten inhallations and sure enough you get flem you never thought was in there.
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      Hi Pam

      I was given an A Cappella (particular green flutter device) in the hospital, but only because I have bronchiectasis. There is a trick to proper usage. Don't go too fast. I was told to use it off & on throughout the day for maybe 3 minutes. I'd die at 20 minutes, but then you don't have bronchiectasis. If you have that & use the device properly, you will literally feel the area of bronchiectasis fluttering.

      Eucalyptus won't help you now, and going off dairy only helps some folks. Plain mucus thinners will help thin the stuff & then the flutter device AND your lungs can work better. If you live with someone at least 10 years old & don't have severe osteoporosis, get them to do chest percussion with cupped hands-on your back beginning at the bottom of your lungs & working upward. It needs to be at a certain rate & intensity but I can't demo those. Probably there's something online.

      Mucus thinners seem to come in 2 forms in the States: guafenisin and NAC (n acetyl cysteine). If you have access to Costco, they sell plain guafenisin OTC very cheaply under the name mucus relief, 400 mg tablets. I was told 10 years ago and again 2 weeks ago to take 1200 mg with 8 oz of water in the early morning and again about 6 p. m. You cannot take that much with less water, and you can't take that much if it's got decongestant or other stuff mixed in drink. Drink another 4 - 6 glasses of water through the day. Stop or lower the dose as soon as possible.

      NAC is known by another name in the UK. We tried me on that last spring. It helped at first but then made me crazy. Guafenisin does too but requires a much higher dose to get the same bad effect as the NAC. Since people are starting to use the latter as a psychoactive agent, it's not surprising it has a bad effect on my brain.

      A netiquette pot treatment with warm saline-water 2 - 4 times daily may help. I have to use the more forceful battery-operated form, lots of fun but the mist getting thoroughly in the sinus area helps with the lower respiratory junk.

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