Chest congestion develops when mucus accumulates in the lungs and lower breathing tubes (bronchi). When you have chest congestion it can be difficult to take a full, deep breath. You may also hear or feel wheezing or crackling sounds in your chest when you breathe in and out. A different kind of cough may happen when you develop chest congestion, too. This type of cough, known as a wet, or productive cough, has a different sound than a dry cough from an irritated throat, and brings up a lot of mucus.
Cold and flu viruses are among the most common infectious causes of chest congestion.1 Full recovery from chest congestion due to a cold or the flu can take up to 4 weeks for a person in generally good health.2 You don’t need to suffer with symptoms if you find yourself with chest congestion from a cold or flu. There are over-the-counter medicines, like DayQuil SEVERE, that can bring you relief of your chest congestion and other cold and flu symptoms while your body gets better.
Keep reading for 8 chest congestion remedies to bring you much-needed relief.