Catarrh accumulates and can become in excess in the throat, which may be caused by the presence of a throat inflammation or by an allergy, for example.
Generally, the sensation of something stuck in your throat caused by phlegm due to the irritation of the throat lining or the lack of fluidity of the mucus and, therefore, to eliminate this discomfort you must try to reduce this irritation or to hydrate the throat lining more, so that it easily comes out when you cough and does not stick to the walls of the throat.
Some easy ways to do this are:
1. Gargle with salt and water
Gargling is very easy to do and can help to relieve throat irritation because the salt helps draw more water into the throat walls, creating a barrier that in addition to moisturizing also protects against dust that can irritate the mucous membranes further.
To make this gargle you should:
- Mix 1 tablespoon of salt in half a glass of warm water;
- Stir the water well until the salt dissolves completely;
- Put the mixture in your mouth and tilt your head back;
- Gargle with water for at least 30 seconds;
- Repeat the gargle until all the water is gone.
This technique causes a rapid relief and therefore can be used whenever the discomfort is very intense, up to 3 to 4 times a day.
2. Passing essential eucalyptus oil on your chest
Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural way to release the mucus trapped in your throat and open the airways, as well as relieving throat irritation, improving the discomfort caused by your throat.
To use the essential oil you should mix 1 to 2 drops in one teaspoon of coconut oil, or other vegetable oil, and then scrub the mixture in the chest. At first this technique can cause a slight coughing sensation, but over time the cough will reduce and relieving throat irritation.
In most cases, the use of diluted eucalyptus essential oil in another vegetable oil does not cause irritation to the skin, however if redness or itching is identified on the region, it is recommended you wash the skin with water and avoid the use of essential oils.
3. Drink lemon tea with honey
The lemon has the ability to break down the mucus molecules, making it more liquid and easier to eliminate. Honey helps to create a protective layer in the throat that reduces mucosal irritation. This way, this tea is an excellent way to relieve the feeling of something stuck in your throat.
To make this home remedy you should mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into 1 cup of boiling water, add 1 teaspoon of honey, mix and drink it as soon as it cools down.
4. Nebulization with water vapor
The nebulizations are great for moisturizing the throat's lining, but also for liking the throat tight throat, allowing it to be eliminated more easily.
To do this it is recommended you:
- Put 1 to 2 liters of boiling water in a bowl;
- Put a towel over your head, covering the basin too;
- Breathe the steam coming out of the bowl.
This nebulization can also be done with a nebulizer, which is an apparatus in which the vapor is released directly through a face mask.
In the water, a few drops of the eucalyptus essential oil can also be mixed to obtain the benefits of relieving irritation and even coughing if present. See also 4 types of nebulization to treat respiratory problems
5. Drink 2 liters of water
Although it is the simplest tip, it is one of the most effective in relieving the sensation something is stuck in your throat as it moisturizes the secretions that are trapped, allowing them to be eliminated when you cough. Water can be drunk in the form of teas or even coconut water, for example.
Possible causes for phlegm in your throat
Phlegm is caused by excess mucus in the throat, which can happen due to throat irritation or allergy. Some of the most frequent causes include:
- Flu or cold;
- Inflammation of the larynx or pharynx;
Therefore, if you throat does not clear or improve after 3 days, it is important to go to the general practitioner, or pulmonologist, to identify if there is a problem that needs to be treated with specific medication.
Some signs that may indicate that the catarrh is being caused by another problem and that it is necessary to go to hospital include yellowish or greenish phlegm, difficulty breathing, sore throat or low fever, for example.