What’s causing those Symptoms?
There’s a good chance mucus could be behind your misery. Scroll down or pick a topic below.
- MUCUS CAN BE A PAIN.... EVERYWHERE
Your lungs feel full-and it's not of air.
It's the body's way to shake things up in there.
Feel like you have a big head? It's not your ego; it's your sinuses.
You're more congested than a freeway at rush hour.
That river of mucus is annoying but your body is just trying to help.
That scratching in your throat feels like cats' claws... what is it really?
Mucus isn't to blame for your fever and neither is disco. What is it then?
What’s worse than a pain in the neck? A pain in the head.
Something has tickled your insides and now it wants out. Achoo!
Is Mucus Causing Your Kid's Symptoms?
Maybe it’s just a tickly throat or maybe it’s a full-blown cold— this section is dedicated to helping you find what your sick youngsters need.
You’ll find Fever 101, important medication reminders and tips on when to call their pediatrician.
Or click here to browse Children’s Mucinex® products.
What does mucus do?
Your mouth, nose, throat, sinuses and lungs are lined with mucus membranes. These membranes contain mucus glands that produce—surprise—mucus.
Mucus-producing membranes line specific passages in your body, like the respiratory and digestive tracts, for protection and support.
Mucus is a mixture of water, sugars and proteins (and other things that have long, scientific names). But even though this slippery, gooey liquid is far from glamorous, it plays an important role in your health.
The mucus that’s produced in your respiratory tract has 3 important jobs:
- Mucus protects. Mucus moistens and warms inhaled air and keeps little hairs called “cilia” lubricated. (These little hairs line the top layer of mucus membrane cells.) Cilia help to remove inhaled particles that have gotten trapped. They need to stay moist to do their job.
- Mucus acts as a barrier. Mucus traps inhaled particles (like dust, allergens, bacteria or viruses) and keeps them from getting in to your lungs. Mucus also keeps them from invading the cells lining your airway and entering your system. The cilia transport everything toward your throat, where it could either get spit out or swallowed.
- Mucus defends your body. Mucus contains antibodies, enzymes and proteins that work to help get rid of whatever could make you sick.
But sometimes, your mucus will trap a particle (or let something slip by) that irritates your airways. This could be bacteria, a virus that’s getting passed around, or an allergen (like pollen) that will aggravate your respiratory tract.
One of the ways your body might react to an irritant is by producing more mucus. Your mucus may get thicker and change color, too. Just one way your body attacks the thing that’s making you sick.
What color mucus is normal?
Many people believe that the color of your mucus will tell you what kind of infection you have. This just isn’t true.
When you’re sick, it’s possible to have clear, yellow, or green mucus.
In fact, you usually produce clear mucus at the beginning of your illness. As your body starts to fight off whatever’s bothering it, your mucus changes color. Yellow and green hues may be caused by certain bacteria, or come from the enzymes your white blood cells release when they’re fighting an infection.
Your mucus may even change color throughout the day.
It can be one color in the morning but clearer in the afternoon. (This is because mucus accumulates and dries while we sleep, but once you start moving around, your mucus can flow normally again.)
How do Mucinex® products work?
Each Mucinex® product contains one or a combination of medicines to relieve your most annoying symptoms.
See the table below for an explanation of all the types of medicines Mucinex® products contain to help you feel better. Check the product labeling for more important information about these ingredients.
|name||What is it?||What does that mean?||What symptoms does it relieve?||How does it work?|
|Guaifenesin||Expectorant||Thins and loosens mucus making it easier for you to cough it up.||Chest congestion||Guaifenesin thins and loosens mucus to help make your cough more productive.|
|Dextromethorphan HBr||Antitussive (or cough suppressant)||Decreases the urge to cough.||Cough||Dextromethorphan works in the brain to suppress your cough reflex.|
|Pseudoephedrine HCl||Nasal decongestant (taken orally)||Decreases swelling of your nasal and sinus passageways so you can breathe easier.||Stuffy nose
|Pseudoephedrine shrinks your swollen mucus membranes to decrease congestion and increase drainage.|
|Phenylephrine HCl||Nasal decongestant (taken orally)||Decreases swelling of your nasal passageway so you can breathe easier.||Stuffy nose
|Phenylephrine reduces swelling of blood vessels in your nasal passages to decrease congestion and increase drainage.|
|Acetaminophen||Analgesic (pain reliever)
Antipyretic (fever reducer)
|Reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pain from headaches, colds, sore throats and more.||Fever
|Acetaminophen employs several mechanisms to interfere with pain signals.|
|Blocks the histamine receptor and cholinergic pathways.||Sneezing
|Diphenhydramine (DPH) blocks the histamine H1 receptor. (Histamine is a chemical that causes inflammation and sneezing.) DPH may also work through another mechanism to dry your runny nose and calm your cough.|
|Oxymetazoline HCl||Topical nasal decongestant||Opens up your nasal passageways so you can breathe easier.||Stuffy nose
|Oxymetazoline narrows blood vessels in your nasal passages to decrease congestion and increase drainage. Comes as a nasal spray.|