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How to Quickly Fix Anxiety and Excessive Mucus

Micah Abraham, BSc
How to Quickly Fix Anxiety and Excessive Mucus

Few people realize how many ways anxiety affects the body. One anxiety symptom that affects millions of those with anxiety is excessive mucus. The mucus is usually in the back of your throat (although may be in your nose) and results in feeling as though you need to hack or cough in order to remove it.

Mucus buildup isn't dangerous, but it is irritating. It can cause you to feel like you're gagging or make breathing seem more difficult.

Anxiety - Does it Cause Mucus?

Anxiety absolutely causes mucus. However, it should be noted that anxiety also increases the likelihood of developing excess mucus when you already have physical problems that create mucus in the first place, such as smoking, GERD, allergies, and more.

Mucus also rarely comes alone. Until you talk to your doctor, it will be difficult to know the exact reason that you suffer from excess mucus. However, there are several possibilities, including:

All forms of stress may also simply lead to excess mucus, so anxiety itself may cause or contribute to mucosal symptoms. Only a doctor can tell you exactly why your mucus is occurring, but the above list are the most common reasons.

How to Reduce Excess Mucus

Preventing or removing excess mucus is a bit tricky. Even though it may be irritating, mucus does serve a very important and very valuable purpose in your body. Your body may also compensate if it thinks it's not making enough mucus, so even if there was something you could take to remove mucus altogether, chances are it would come back even stronger in order to make sure your body has the protection it thinks it needs. The best thing to do is try the following:

Some people find that breathing through their mouth more can be beneficial, since it dries the mucus and the feeling of wetness that affects the throat. But be warned - if you suffer from anxiety attacks, throat breathing can cause hyperventilation in some people. It may not be the best strategy until you've learned how to control your response to hyperventilation.

You should talk to your doctor about allergies or GERD, because these may be something you need to treat in order to reduce the likelihood of developing mucus. Otherwise, you'll need to learn how to control your anxiety if you want the mucus to stop.

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