Airway Clearance: Controlled Coughing
Constant, uncontrolled coughing can wear you out and make you short of breath. Sitting in the correct position and using deep breathing can help you control coughing and remove mucus more easily. Whenever you need to cough, repeat these steps until you bring up the excess mucus.
Note: Be sure to keep a box of tissues beside you and wash your hands when you are done.
Follow These Steps for Controlled Coughing
Sit on a chair with both feet on the floor. Fold your arms across your upper abdomen.
Take a slow, deep breath through your nose and hold for two counts.
Lean forward slightly.
Cough twice—two short, sharp coughs. As you cough, use your arms to push on your abdomen.
Relax for a few seconds.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 as needed.