- March 21, 2017

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    Let’s be honest. We’ve all hacked or sneezed, and taken a quick look into the tissue to see a gross, yellow blob before tossing it into the garbage. But have you ever wondered why yellow mucus is colored yellow? It’s a little gross, but we’ve all wondered it at some point or another, so we’ve decided to get to the bottom of it.

    We’ll explain what causes yellow phlegm, and what natural remedies you can use to help you break up that phlegm and get it out of your system a little bit quicker. This is your complete guide to yellow mucus.

    Common Causes of Yellow Phlegm

    Due to mucus being one of the body’s defense systems against viruses, infections, and bacteria, yellow phlegm can have a number of different causes.

    Cold or Flu

    Colds or flu are caused by over 200 different types of viruses which easily like to activate the body’s defense systems, like yellow phlegm. The mucus will attempt to get these viruses out of the body by being over-produced.

    Allergies

    Much like colds, yellow mucus can form as a way for the body to attempt to get the allergens that are causing the sneezing and coughing, out of the body.

    Sinus Infection

    When the sinuses become blocked with mucus, the bacteria that can build up can turn the mucus from white to yellow or dark yellow.

    Bronchitis

    Bronchitis is an infection of the throat that is usually brought on by a virus. That virus inflames the throat which means the body will produce more mucus to try and take care of the problem. The mucus will usually start off as white in color, but as the virus progresses, it will usually become yellow.

    Pneumonia

    Pneumonia is an infection that can cause the lungs to fill up with liquid or pus. This can lead to coughing up the pus or dark yellow phlegm.

    Asthma

    Asthma can inflame the respiratory system to the point where it may create excess yellow phlegm in order to try and deal with the infection.

    Lung Cancer

    Unfortunately, while rare, yellow and dark colored phlegm can be a sign of lung cancer. It can also cause blood to be infused in the mucus, giving it a pinkish tinge or color.

    Now that we know the various causes of yellow mucus, how can you get rid of it? Are there natural ways to clear the yellow mucus from your system? Luckily, yes, there are a number of natural ways to combat yellow phlegm.

    Natural Remedies to Treat Yellow Phlegm

    Yellow phlegm tends to be thick and sticky, so when you are congested with it, you will do anything to try and get rid of it. At the very least, you will want to thin it so your body can start trying to get rid of the gunky mucus. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies to help you dispose of yellow phlegm.

    Steam

    Using a hot shower or perhaps holding your head over a pot of steaming water, steam can help you out with your yellow phlegm problem. The hot steam can help liquefy the mucus, making it easier to pass through the system.

    Nasal Irrigation

    Nasal irrigation is where you use a water-based solution (usually a saline solution) to unclog your nose by using some method to squirt the solution up the nose. It works on a similar principal as steam. The warm solution will help liquefy the yellow phlegm, making it easier to dispose of.

    Salt Water Gargle

    Gargling with salt water can also help thin yellow mucus in your throat and mouth area. Mix half a teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water, tilt your head back and gargle. Doing this a few times a day should help break some of the phlegm up.

    Lemon Juice

    Lemon juice can help break up yellow phlegm due to its acidity. One of the better ways to use lemon juice is to combine two teaspoons of lemon juice with a cup of warm water.

    Warm Liquids

    Warm liquids on a whole can help if you are suffering from yellow mucus, as the warmth will help break up the phlegm.

    Spicy Food

    If you are the type of person who likes spicy food, you are in luck, as spicy food can help with yellow mucus. Basically, spicy food can help loosen up the lungs and melt the phlegm. Think of how your body reacts when you have a good spicy curry, it can trigger coughing and a runny nose. This reaction can help expel the yellow mucus from the body.

    Along with these remedies, there are also a few things that you should consider while you are clogged with yellow mucus. Dairy products, for example, can actually help thicken mucus. Smoking should also be avoided, as it can irritate the throat and nasal systems, causing the body to create even more mucus.

    Yellow Phlegm Is Gross but Can Be Dealt With

    Mucus is gross—we can all pretty much agree on that. But mucus does serve a function as it’s part of our body’s way of defending itself from viral invaders. It’s when the body produces too much mucus in the morning that becomes a problem. Hopefully, the knowledge and tips provided above will be of help the next time you wake up coughing up yellow phlegm in morning.

    Related:

    White Mucus: The Causes and Effective Treatments

    Brown Mucus: Common Causes, Treatment, and Home Remedies

    Emphysema: 6 Effective Homeopathic Remedies to Try

    Sources: “Yellow Mucus: Causes Symptoms & Relief,” My Sinus Story;  https://www.mysinustory.com/yellow.html Watson, S., “The Truth About Mucus,” WebMD, April 10, 2014;  http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/the-truth-about-mucus#1 “What causes bright yellow mucus?” Reference;  https://www.reference.com/health/causes-bright-yellow-mucus-c2aae65050c6ace1 “Home Remedies for Phlegm,” Top 10 Remedies;  http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-phlegm.html “Coughing Up Yellow Mucus: Causes and Remedies,” New Health Advisor; http://www.newhealthadvisor.com/Coughing-Up-Yellow-Mucus.html

    What do I do if I have yellow mucus?
    It may be time to call your doctor if you notice it in your airways, throat, or if you start coughing it up. If your sputum is clear, yellow, or green, you may be OK to wait a few days or even weeks before making an appointment. Still keep watch over your other symptoms to see how your illness is progressing. more
    What infection causes yellow mucus?
    The presence of yellow phlegm may be a sign of bacterial sinusitis. This condition is characterized by swelling of the nasal cavities due to a bacterial infection. With this condition, it is also common to notice a runny nose, fever, headache and difficulty breathing due to a plugged nose. more
    What does yellow mucus mean?
    Yellow mucus This can mean a cold or infection that's progressing. The yellowish tinge comes from white blood cells that rush to the site of the infection and then are swept away after working to fight it off. “Yellow or green snot can sometimes mean that you have an infection,” Dr. Sindwani says. more
    What if my mucus is yellow?
    Yellow mucus is a sign that whatever virus or infection you have is taking hold. The good news? Your body is fighting back. The yellow color comes from the cells — white blood cells, for example — rushing to kill the offending germs. more
    How long should yellow mucus last?
    The yellow color comes from the cells — white blood cells, for example — rushing to kill the offending germs. Once the cells have done their work, they're discarded in your snot and give it a dark yellowish tinge. Your illness may last anywhere from 10 to 14 days, but keep an eye on your nasal discharge. more
    What is yellow mucus in throat?
    Yellow phlegm is a sign that your body is fighting off a mild infection. "White blood cells are responsible for fighting infections, and as they get picked up in the mucus, they can cause it to have a yellowish hue," said Dr. Kreel. more
    Is coughing up yellow mucus good?
    If a person with asthma produces yellow phlegm, it may be a sign that an infection or other condition is present. Common conditions that cause phlegm to turn yellow include pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinusitis. A person should contact their doctor if they have been producing yellow phlegm for more than a few days. more
    Does yellow mucus mean infection?
    Yellow mucus This can mean a cold or infection that's progressing. The yellowish tinge comes from white blood cells that rush to the site of the infection and then are swept away after working to fight it off. “Yellow or green snot can sometimes mean that you have an infection,” Dr. Sindwani says. more
    What does yellow mucus diarrhea mean?
    If your poop looks bright yellow, it could signify a condition called giardiasis, which is caused by an intestinal parasite in North America and the world. Typically, you can get giardiasis from contaminated water or exposure to a person with the condition. more
    Does yellow mucus mean contagious?
    We believe in the free flow of information We're often told – even by doctors – that green or yellow secretions indicate you're infectious. But this isn't true. It's unclear how this myth arose, but it's likely a misunderstanding of the appearance and colour of pus. more
    Is Covid yellow mucus?
    Many people think yellow or green mucus is a guaranteed way to spot a sinus infection, but Dr. Pedro Checo, internist and Teladoc doctor, says this just isn't true. “That couldn't be farther from the truth. It's been proven over decades. more

    Source: www.doctorshealthpress.com

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