Fluid in the lungs, also known as pulmonary edema or lung water, is an illness that should be treated by a doctor if it cannot be treated at home. In some cases, however, steam inhalation combined with the matchstick remedy along with drinking plenty of water and taking vitamins like Vitamin C and B12, can cure fluid in the lungs, especially if it is in the beginning phase of the disease, when you may be suffering with a rattling cough and difficulty breathing.
Fill the kitchen or bathroom sink with hot water and place two chamomile or peppermint tea bags in the water. If your water heater does not allow for very hot water, fill the sink halfway with hot water from the tap, then fill the rest of the sink with boiling water heated in a pot or kettle on the stove. Place a bath towel over your head and use your hands to seal the corners off where the towel meets the edges of the sink. Lean over and inhale the steam in deep breaths as it rises from the warm water. Continue inhaling the steam until the water has cooled completely. Repeat every three to four hours as desired, until fluid and symptoms have subsided.
The Matchstick Remedy
The matchstick remedy is a way for the body to get sulfur, which improves respiratory infections and symptoms of nausea. Drop two lit matches into a glass of water, so the flame is extinguished right as they hit the water. Pour the water and the matchsticks into a container and seal. Shake the container well for 30 seconds. Drink a tablespoon of the liquid, and repeat three times a day until your cough and fluid in your lungs has subsided.
When to See a Doctor
If you are running a high fever, have difficulty breathing and taking in oxygen, can't sleep at night, are coughing up green or bloody phlegm or you are experiencing swelling in your body or a body rash, contact your doctor immediately. These symptoms, in conjunction with fluid in the lungs, are a sign that the infection has gotten serious. If you cannot make a doctor's appointment that day, go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Your doctor will most likely give you an antibiotic like Zithromax that you should take until the dose is completely finished, even if you are feeling better before that.