5 effective home remedies for shortness of breath



Dyspnea or shortness of breath is an uncomfortable and distressing experience.

We all have experienced it on different occasions like after climbing 4-5 sets of stairs or when suffering from a cold due to the presence of mucus in the lungs.

Breathlessness or shortness of breath can occur due to multiple reasons. It can be temporary or due to some serious underlying health condition.

Occasional breathlessness can be easily managed at home, but if this happens every second day with you, then it is better to consult your doctor. Here are some simple home treatments to alleviate your shortness of breath:

1. Black coffee

Coffee contains caffeine, which can reduce the tightness in the muscles present in the airway. This remedy has proven to be quite effective for people suffering from Asthma. Black coffee can improve lungs function and help you overcome the problem of breathlessness. But avoid it if it does not suit you.

2. Ginger

Having fresh ginger or ginger tea also helps you calm down. Ginger may help reduce shortness of breath caused due to a respiratory infection. The common herb has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation in the lungs.

3. ​Inhaling steam

If you are finding it difficult to breath when suffering from a cold then it can be due to mucus formation in the lungs. Inhale steam to break the mucus and clear your air passage.

4. Sit close to a fan

A study suggests that cool air can help provide relief from the problem of breathlessness. When feeling uncomfortable and finding it difficult to breathe, sit close to a fan. Feeling the force of air while breathing helps you calm down.

5. Pursed lips breathing

This simple breathing technique can help you manage the problem of breathlessness. It can slow your pace of breathing, making each breath deeper and will provide you comfort.
How you can do it:

Sit down on the floor or a chair in a comfortable position with your back straight. Slowly inhale through your nose for 4 to 5 seconds. Fill your abdomen with the air, instead of your lungs.

Purse your lips and breathe out for 4 to 6 seconds. Repeat the same 10 to 20 times to return to a normal state.

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