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What are the best Airway Clearance methods?

Each and every day, our body produces mucus to ease the movement of foreign objects inside our airways. But what happens when our body produces too much sticky and viscous mucus?

In diseases that stimulate too much mucus production, like cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and COPD, airway clearance techniques and devices are important to clear your airways.

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9 Natural Methods to Remove Excess Mucus from your Lungs

Your body naturally makes mucus every day and its presence isn’t necessarily a sign of anything unhealthy. Mucus (also known as phlegm), when it is produced by your body can help protect you from infection.
When mucus production is chronic and your body does not remove excess mucus from the lungs, it may become a problem, causing breathing difficulties and increased risk of infection.

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What is an OPEP Device and how effective are they?

An Oscillatory Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device helps open up clogged airways and expel mucus. OPEP devices are a subtype of Positive Expiratory Pressure (PEP) Devices. This device utilizes a flutter mechanism (not present in some PEP devices) to provide resistance and vibration during exhalation.

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What is COPD and how to best recognize the symptoms?

COPD is a progressive disease with no known cure, treatment can help ease symptoms, prevent complications and its slow progression. At first, you may not even notice any signs except a bit of a cough and shortness of breath, but as the lungs become more damaged, the symptoms become worse and harder to ignore.

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Emphysema, Can you recognize the symptoms?

Emphysema is a respiratory disease where the millions of tiny air sacs in the lungs (alveoli) are damaged or ruptured. As these tiny air sacs are damaged they lose their natural elasticity and this causes the air sacs to close before you fully breathe out (exhale), as a result air gets trapped in the lungs.

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