Post nasal drip in the winter
SUMMARY: Read a "Game of Thrones" take on how to defeat post nasal drip during the colder months.
Posted: October 8, 2013
"Winter is coming," as all "Game of Thrones" fans know. But even if you're not battling the lifeless wights, you might be trying to ward off post nasal drip when the cold, dry months arrive.
Dryness may induce post nasal drip, which is defined as the excess mucus that falls in the back of your throat. We all know the sensation of having a running nose - the drip is the same, except it leaks back into the body. The new temperatures can affect the mucus glands by zapping the moist areas that the body normally uses to trap foreign bacteria.
Another reason December, January and February are culprits of the drip is because people frequently get sick during these months. Germs and colds spread like wildfire on Blackwater Bay. Often, colds, allergies and the flu triggers the bothersome mucus, as well as bad breath.
So, what's the best way to fight back?
Get a humidifier, vaporizer or air purifier for your room. These devices will put more moisture into the air and can serve as a start to post nasal drip remedies.
Wash your hands frequently. People are sneezing and coughing like they're infected with the disease that killed Khal Drogo. Before eating or after shaking a person's hand - especially if you saw said person blowing their nose into it - head to the restroom or pull out your hand sanitizer. Avoiding getting sick or recovering from a cold could even solve bad breath.
Use saline nasal spray to moisturize the nasal passages and wash out the extra mucus.
If post nasal drip lasts for longer than a few weeks, consult your doctor. Sometimes over-the-counter medications can do the trick, but medical advice might be the answer.
After all, we don't have Dragonglass to defeat it.