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How To Eliminate Bronchial Secretions

By Delialah Falcon ; Updated July 27, 2017

Bronchial secretions can develop as a result of numerous conditions. In addition to phlegm that is produced in the chest as a result of the common cold, bronchial secretions can be a symptom of viral and bacterial illnesses, a result of post-nasal mucous that drips down the throat and accumulates in the chest or as a consequence of smoking. Eliminating these secretions will clear your lungs and make breathing less difficult.

  1. Take an over-the-counter decongestant such as Sudafed to minimize congestion, making it easier to breathe and clearing your nasal cavities. Follow dosing instructions according to package label.

  2. Take an over-the-counter expectorant such as Mucinex or Robitussin to thin bronchial secretions, making it easier to expel them from your body. Follow dosing instructions on the package.

  3. Drink large amounts of water throughout the day to keep the bronchial secretions wet and slippery, thereby making them easier to expel. Consume hot teas and broths, in addition to water, and avoid sugary drinks.

  4. Place a cool-mist humidifier in your bedroom when you go to sleep to keep moisture in the air, which will hydrate your lungs. Refrain from sleeping in a dry environment, which will dry out your bronchial secretions and make it difficult to expel them.

  5. Make a hot ginger drink to thin bronchial secretions by cleaning, peeling and slicing some fresh ginger and then boiling it in a cup of water for 20 minutes. Add 1 to 2 tbsps. of honey. Allow to cool slightly before drinking.

  6. Clear your throat whenever you feel phlegm accumulating. Cough up bronchial secretions and expel them into a tissue. Repeat as often as necessary to rid your body of these secretions.

  7. Tip

    Avoid taking cough suppressants, which will inhibit your cough and prevent you from clearing bronchial secretions.


    Do not swallow any phlegm that you bring up from your chest. Doing so may reintroduce the secretions into your lungs and exacerbate the condition. Always expel secretions by spitting them out of your mouth.

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