add a little salt to some warm water and gargle it for a few min. and then mucus may start to come up .
I've suffered from mucus and chest congestion since I was probably 7 or 8 years old and believe me nothing is scarier! I was on inhalers for a while because the doctors thought it was allergies or asthma but for some reason they took me off...anyways A friend of mine suggested: COFFEE! Coffee just loosens it all up and helps it come out in a vast amount pretty much freeing up your day!
Take this from someone who has mucus issues no matter what the time of year may be...whether I'm sick or not its always there! And coffee helps!:)
Also...stay away from peanut butter...chocolate...milk...soft bread...and bad water ( I try to drink really pure filterd water or WELL WATER!).
Taking a hot shower also helps and remaining calm is never a bad thing.
At the first sign of 'throat gunk', we take 2 Marshmallow Root capsules w/ each meal for a day or two till we start getting relief. Then, taper down to the dosage on the bottle. Also, go off cow's milk for awhile. This keeps me from getting full-blown bronchitis nearly every time!
Pleurisy Root, liquid tincture, 1 dropper full 2 X's per day, until lungs are clear of congestion.
For yucky chronic nasal drainage (the kind you constantly have to clear your throat but can't do anything about because it is viral and must just run it's course because anti-biotics would be worthless), buy some chamomile tea bags, regular size, brand name(s) do not matter, brew about 3.5 minutes in the microwave, add a tiny amount of milk (just enough to change it's color) and 1.5 tablespoons of honey. That's it. My 10 year old son and I do it before bed since honey has a sleep inducing effect and we both sleep soundly through the night. He wasn't sure about the tea the first night but now he requests it regularly but I save it as 'special' tea when we both get the yucky crap. It really is simple but I promise you it works and tastes so much better than Ny-quil, not that I could get him to take Ny-quil w/o upchucking (even the large pills of it gag him). Give it a try a few nights and you'll see what I mean.
I take one B-6 vitamin and one Magnesium vitamin together every day to prevent any asthma, broncitus, or pnemonia. After a week you will be able to cough up mucus you didn't know had collected.
Inhale coltsfoot tea or mullein vapors to open sinuses.
Do not eat foods rich in chocolate, dairy, and fat or oil and do not smoke.
Take yarrow for mucus in the bladder.
Inhale eucalyptus oil or peppermint vapors for sinus congestion.