Lung conditions affecting mucus viscosity: What’s it all about?
Mucus (sputum) is made in the lungs. Some people suffer illnesses where they make too much mucus and/or it is too sticky. This can potentially produce a long-term chronic cough.
Examples of illnesses that cause a chronic cough with sticky mucus include chronic obstructive airways disease – COPD.
Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease explained:
Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions that make breathing very difficult.
These conditions include:
The main potential symptoms of COPD are increasing breathlessness, a persistent cough with phlegm, persistent wheezing and frequent chest infections.
One of the main causes, particularly in the past, COPD occurs is when the lungs become inflamed, damaged and narrowed. The main cause is smoking and the risk increases the more a person smokes and the length of time they have smoked for.
But COPD can occur in people who have never smoked. Some cases of COPD are caused by exposure to harmful fumes, dust or other environmental pollutants.
A rare genetic problem can also cause damage to the lungs and result in COPD.
The primary aim of treatment is to help reduce symptoms and exacerbations and improve quality of life.
Helping to manage lung infections, loosening and removing thick, sticky mucus from the lungs, the challenges of intestinal obstruction, and providing sufficient nutrition and hydration are a few of the essential fundamentals when it comes to managing respiratory health challenges.
Optimising lung function is a major aim of any condition care.