Post Nasal Drip Remedies
Post nasal drip remedies for your relief
Changes to normal mucus production are usually caused by sinus infection, side effects of certain medications, allergic reactions or dry environment.
The body naturally produces one to two quarts of clear, thin and runny mucus, which acts as a broom that clears out nasal passages.
Once the mucus production goes awry, there may be an increase or decrease in mucus production, which causes a person to experience postnasal drip.
The overproduction of mucus causes a drippy feeling or irritation right at the back of the throat.
When the mucus production slows down, the mucus tends to thicken causing it to become sticky and cling on and hang around the throat.
Post-nasal drip is a relatively mild condition. However, it can possibly cause serious complications when not immediately treated. An untreated post-nasal drip causes irritation and soreness of the throat. Aside from feeling discomfort, a lump in the throat may develop when the condition worsens.
Thankfully, these throat symptoms usually clear up with immediate and effective post-nasal drip remedies.
Post-nasal drip symptoms include feeling mucus and pain at the back of the throat, broken or cracking voice, more frequent clearing of the throat, difficulty breathing, chronic sore throat, crystals in the tonsils, coughing, bad breath and nausea or vomiting due to the accumulation of mucus in the stomach.
If you already are experiencing two or more of the said symptoms, you will need to try some of these remedies to clear out your nasal passages and relieve your throat symptoms.
Most Common Post Nasal Drip Remedies
One of the simple solutions to relieving throat symptoms is by gargling salt-water solution. Simply mix ½ teaspoon of salt to a cup of water.
To clear up the mucus problem try squirting a mixture of baking soda, salt and water into the nasal passages. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt and a pinch of baking soda in a cup of warm water.
After blowing your nose, swish three or four bulbs of the solution on each side of the nose using nasal syringe.
In addition, drinking lots of water keeps the mucus thin and helps in alleviating other symptoms.
More Durable Post Nasal Drip Remedies
While these remedies are effective, they only deliver temporary relief. Changing some of your habits can improve the post-nasal drip symptoms.
Try blowing your nose regularly. This simple act of blowing your nose prevents excessive postnasal drainage.
Drinking milk is healthy; however, you need to refrain from drinking milk when you are suffering from post-nasal drip. Consumption of dairy products such as milk and ice cream stimulates mucus production.
Also, the sugar that you get from dairy products (lactose) feeds the bacteria and molds present in the throat.
Decongestants may help but avoid overusing them or you are bound to suffer adverse effects. Doctors warn people of using nose drops and sprays for more than a few consecutive days.
If you are at home and happen to have a humidifier, turn it on. A good alternative would be boiling a pot of water until all the fluid dries up. This should keep your home humidified, which helps keep nasal passages moist especially during winter months. This will also prevent the mucus from drying out or from thickening.
Post Nasal Drip Remedies and Allergies
Allergies are one of the possible causes of post-nasal drip; however, it would be best not to take antihistamines.
Taking plain decongestants precisely to your doctor’s instructions would be a better alternative.
Also, try drinking some herbal teas. Drinking them or inhaling the steam is helpful in clearing out the nasal passages. Adding peppermint, pulped horseradish root, lemon and spices like garlic to your usual tea delivers a nasal decongesting effect.
Drinking an infusion of elderflower or goldenseal was also found to help alleviate throat painful symptoms.
The techniques in aromatherapy using lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus are also great in delivering antibacterial and anti-catarrhal benefits.
Conclusions on Post Nasal Drip Remedies
If you happen to seek remedies for your post-nasal drip condition, it would be wise to take everything in moderation.
Treatments that involve a combination of antibiotics, nasal irrigation, antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids and nasal crolom is not recommended for long-term treatments for they pose serious health risks with repeated or extended use.
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