Breathing warm, moist air helps loosen the sticky mucus that may make you feel like you are choking. Other things that may also help include:
- Placing a warm, wet washcloth loosely over your nose and mouth
- Filling a humidifier with warm water and breathing in the warm mist
Coughing helps clear your airways. Take a couple of deep breaths, 2 to 3 times every hour. Deep breaths help open up your lungs.
While lying down, tap your chest gently a few times a day. This helps bring up mucus from the lungs.
If you smoke, now is the time to quit. Do not allow smoking in your home.
Drink plenty of liquids, as long as your doctor says it is OK.
- Drink water, juice, or weak tea.
- Drink at least 6 to 10 cups a day.
- Do not drink alcohol.
Get plenty of rest when you go home. If you have trouble sleeping at night, take naps during the day.