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How to Get Rid of Catarrh

Three Parts:

Catarrh occurs when there is a buildup of mucus in the nose, throat, or chest, caused by inflammation of the mucus membranes. This buildup of mucus is how your immune system responds to an infection. Causes of catarrh vary, but it can generally be treated at home. Things like nasal rinses and warm water can be used to combat catarrh. If you can't treat your catarrh yourself, seek medical help. A doctor can help you identify underlying causes and prevent a reoccurrence.


Getting Rid of Catarrh At Home

  1. Take sips of warm water.Dehydration can make catarrh worse. You should sip water throughout the day. This can help loosen mucus in the throat, lessening your symptoms. Opt for warm water, as this will warm your throat slightly and help to loose up the mucus.
    • Sipping water can help ease symptoms like itchiness, which you may be tempted to deal with by cleaning your throat. Clearing your throat can actually make catarrh worse, so sip water when you feel the temptation to clear you throat.
    • Carry a water bottle with you at all times. This way, if you want to clear your throat, you can quickly sip water instead.
    • Keep a water bottle with you at school or work. Make sure to drink water with meals.
  2. Use a saline nasal rinse.You can buy a saline nasal rinse at most pharmacies and drug stores. You can also buy one from your doctor. You can also make one at home by placing half a teaspoon of salt in a pint of water. Let it boil and then use the water when it's cold.
    • Usually, you use a small suction device with a bulb on the end to draw the nasal saline spray in. You then insert the tip of the device into your nose and squeeze the bulb to release the spray.
    • You then breathe in through your mouth. The solution should come out the opposite nostril. You can blow your nose to get rid of any remaining solution.
    • This does not work for everyone. If your symptoms worsen using decongestant sprays, talk to your doctor about other medications to explore.
  3. Inhale steam.Boil water and then inhale the steam, as this may help loosen mucus in the back of your throat. It can help to add a small amount of menthol crystals or eucalyptus oil to the water. Make sure not to place your face too close to the pot, as you want to avoid getting burnt.
    • Young children should not use this method.
  4. Try oil-pulling with coconut oil.Oil-pulling is one of the best ways to get rid of catarrh. To do oil-pulling, put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, spit out the oil. Repeat this once daily.
  5. Gargle with salt water.Dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of water. Then, garble the water for a few seconds. Spit it back into the sink. This may help alleviate symptoms of catarrh.
  6. Adjust your diet to eliminate foods that promote inflammation.Some foods may make your catarrh worse, but cutting these foods out may improve your condition. Talk to your doctor about switching to an anti-inflammatory diet, which may help with catarrh since many diseases are the result of inflammation.
    • Some of the most inflammatory foods include gluten, dairy, and sugar, so you might look into cutting these out first.

Seeking Medical Care

  1. Ask a pharmacist about over-the-counter medications.Some over-the-counter medications can help ease catarrh. Decongestants, antihistamines, and steroid nasal sprays can help with catarrh that does not improve with home treatment.
    • Do not use over-the-counter medications without consulting a pharmacist, especially if you have health conditions or are taking existing mediations. Some medications are not safe for everyone.
    • You can also try Mucinex to help thin out mucus. Make sure to drink lots of water along with the medication.
  2. See a doctor under certain conditions.Usually, catarrh will pass on its own without treatment. However, long lasting catarrh can become difficult to live with. Your catarrh is intense and does not respond to treatment, make an appointment with your doctor. You may have an underlying condition that needs to be addressed.
  3. Rule out and treat underlying conditions.Catarrh can be caused by conditions such as nasal polyps or allergies. If your doctor suspects one of these conditions is causing catarrh, you may be referred to a specialist for evaluation.
    • You may have to undergo an allergy test to rule out allergies.
    • Treatment depends on the cause of your catarrh. Nasal polyps, for example, may be treated with nasal sprays that contain steroids.
  4. Ask your doctor about self-help techniques.Sometimes, the cause of chronic catarrh is unclear. If your doctor cannot find a clear cause, they may advise you on specific self-help techniques. These techniques will be specific to you and your conditions. Go over self-help techniques with your doctor and ask any questions you have. You want to follow your doctor's instructions carefully to help treat catarrh.

Preventing a Reoccurrence

  1. Avoid anything that triggers symptoms.Catarrh, especially when caused by allergies, may be triggered by environmental hazards. Try to minimize your exposure to anything that tends to trigger outbursts.
    • If you have any allergens you know of, such as pollen, minimize your exposure to them throughout the day.
    • Smoky places tend to trigger catarrh, so stay away from areas prone to smoke.
  2. Avoid air conditioning and heaters.Air conditioners and heaters tend to dry out air. This can make catarrh worse or trigger it again after it passes. Try to stay away from such environments.
    • If you work in an office that uses an air conditioner or heater, request to sit away from the unit to avoid triggering catarrh.
  3. Humidify the air in your home.Dry air can make you more prone to catarrh. Buy a humidifier to moisten the air in your home. This can help prevent you from developing catarrh again.
    • You can buy a humidifier online or at a department store.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    What can I do to help myself sleep if I have catarrh?

    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Luba Lee is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She received her M.S.N. from the University of Tennessee in 2006.
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Expert Answer
    Try taking a hot shower, rinsing your nose with nasal saline, and gargling with warm salt water. You should also be drinking plenty of warm fluid (such as hot water, lemon and honey) and possibly using a nasal decongestant. All of these strategies might help in relieving night symptoms of catarrh.
  • Question
    What is allergic rhinitis?

    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Luba Lee is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner in Tennessee. She received her M.S.N. from the University of Tennessee in 2006.
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Expert Answer
    Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of nasal mucosa that is triggered by allergens such as pollen, dust, and animal dander. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are similar to cold and include stuffy and runny nose as well as sneezing and postnasal drainage.
  • Question
    How can I get rid of mucus from the back of my nose and throat?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    After inhaling various drugs for several years recommended by my doctor with no benefit, I now use a nasal saline spray three times a day, and the problem has disappeared. This is a cheap and effective cure. I bought a nasal spray and when the liquid was used up, made my own saline solution - about a tablespoon of salt in a liter of water. You can also irrigate the nasal passages with a kit from the chemist.
  • Question
    I have a hole in my nose which is too big to repair, and I have catarrh that is bloody all the time. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It sounds like the lining of the nose is irritated and not getting a chance to heal due to the hole in your nose. Abstain from irritants and use good nasal hygiene for several months, and the bleeding and congestion should fade away. Use saline nasal spray for when it's really bad, but try to avoid using the medicated ones. They can cause more damage during long-term use.
  • Question
    I cannot bring up the phlegm to spit it out. What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take a long steamy shower and do a lot of "hawking," Especially when you cough. Drink a lot of fluids, too.
  • Question
    What can I do to stop phlegm when I lie in bed at night? I have nasal spray and antihistamine tablets, but they are not helping.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I suggest a decongestant, preferably one that does not contain pseudoephedrine. If antihistamines aren't working that means it isn't allergy related. Otherwise, ask your pharmacist or doctor what they recommend. There may be some trial and error involved.
  • Question
    I have chesty cough and bring up dark phlem, which has started showing blood. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to a doctor! This is definitely abnormal and you should seek medical advice.
  • Question
    Why does my mucus smell so bad?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    This can occur when you have an infection due to the bacteria in your body or your body's response system to it.
  • Question
    How can I get rid of a frequently runny nose?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Antihistamines such as Benadryl or Zyrtec should do the trick if your nose is also stuffed. If it is just constantly runny without stuffiness, then an over the counter drug (decongestant) without pseudoephedrine should work.
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Jeanne Edwards

Sep 22, 2019

"I have had this annoying Mucus that appears at the back of my Throat. In reading this I feel I have Catarrh. When Ifeel this build up the only way to remove it is either by Coughing it up. If this doesn't work, I have to use my Finger to remove it. YUK!"

Anita Tanner

Nov 10, 2019

"I suffer quite a lot with catarrh and find it really annoying, so will be trying some of these tips straight away.On holidays at present, will visit my doctor on return home and discuss it further with him if it is still causing problems. Thank you."

Yahaya Halilu

May 11, 2019

"It really gave me a general idea of the causes and remedies, both at home and over the counter, and possible waysto deal with the catarrh that has been disturbing me for a long time."


Aug 5, 2019

"It confirmed what I already thought were the best ways to treat it, and there is always value in this. You wonderif there is something else, but there isn't."

Barbara Wicks

May 17, 2019

"Your information has been a great help. I have suffered with catarrh for a while and didn't know what to do. I willnow try your recommendations. Thanks."

Barbara Wicks

May 11, 2019

"I have suffered with catarrh for awhile and didn't know what to do. Your information has been a great help. I willnow try your recommendations. Thanks."

Patricia Winks

Apr 28, 2019

"My older brother suffers badly with all the symptoms you have provided. Hopefully when he tries the remedies hewill get some relief. Thank you."
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Rick Chambers

May 18, 2019

"Great article. I coughed up 20 to 30 chunks of phlegm using the suggested methods. I have severe asthma and it'snow a twice-daily routine."

Rick Chambers

May 31, 2019

"Great article. I coughed up 20-30 chunks of phlegm using the suggested methods. I have severe asthma. Now this isa twice-daily routine."

Monday Elohor

Apr 18, 2019

"I have learnt to sit distant from the AC unit in my office, it has helped me curb the catarrh to a reasonableextent."

Polly Pound

Feb 17

"The information was comprehensive and offered a range of good alternatives for treatment."

Quadijat Oluokun

May 18, 2019

"It taught me more about catarrh and made me feel relieved about the signs I'm having."

John Shaw

Jan 29, 2019

"Simply plenty of fresh air has certainly helped after the worst cold ever."

Godwin Kaajime

Oct 3, 2019

"I've been suffering from catarrh for a long time now without any solution."

Henry Puar

Feb 1

"Most of the details set out for home treatment work very well with me."

Phillip Willetts

Apr 27, 2019

"It's very helpful, as I've been suffering with catarrh for some time."

Halilu Yahaya

May 11, 2019

"I'm using steam with menthol to decongest the mucus from the nose."

Mehta Dhruv

Jun 25, 2019

"Great solution and informative effort. I like it so much."

Sam Angel

Apr 2

"The causes was good, and the methods to help symptoms."

Orelia Arceneaux

May 11, 2019

"Very helpful and informative article on catarrh."


Aug 29, 2019

"Learned what it is what causes this condition."

Jill Morris

Aug 11, 2019

"Practical and informative!"

Phillip Willetts

Apr 27, 2019

"Very helpful.

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