How To Huff Cough - Huff Coughing Technique for Lung Disease Sufferers
From Stacey Lloyd
Huff coughing is a controlled coughing technique used primarily by patients suffering from a lung disease, such as COPD, emphysema or cystic fibrosis. Since forceful coughing typically causes the airways in patients with a lung disease to collapse, huffing is not as forceful as a cough but can work better and be less tiring. By using the huff coughing technique, patients can effectively clear the airways of mucus that obstructs the airways and causes respiratory distress.
Time Required: 15 minutes
1. To prepare the lungs and airways for the huff coughing technique, you must first expel all the stale air in your lungs and airways. Begin by slowing down your breathing. Take slow gentle breaths, ending with one slow exhalation lasting three to four seconds.
2. Inhale slowly using your diaphragm. This is called diaphragmatic breathing or "breathing with your belly". This inhalation should be a slow comfortable breath; do not overinflate your lungs.
3. After inhaling a breath slowly, hold it for 3 seconds. This is done to control your breathing and prepare for an effective huff cough.
4. Tilt your chin up slightly and use your stomach muscles to make a series of three rapid exhalations with the airway open, making a "ha, ha, ha" sound. This helps to open the epiglottis in your throat and better allow the expulsion of the mucus in your airways.
5. Gain control of your breathing again by taking a couple slow breaths.
6. Repeat the huff coughing technique until the mucus has reached the back of your throat.
7. Once the mucus has reached the back of your throat, cough to expel it.