Post-Nasal Drip Can Cause Bad Breath, Especially During Allergy Season
SUMMARY: Suffering from post-nasal drip can be a real drag, particularly if you have seasonal allergies. Not only can sinus drainage lead to coughing and sore throat, but it may also result in powerful bad breath. This is a problem that TheraBreath offers numerous specialty solutions for.
Posted: September 19, 2011Suffering from post-nasal drip can be a real drag, particularly if you have seasonal allergies. Not only can sinus drainage lead to coughing and sore throat, but it may also result in powerful bad breath. This is a problem that TheraBreath offers numerous specialty solutions for.
You may have had nasal discharge for years without knowing it. Do you regularly get halitosis? Do you find yourself with the persistent need to swallow, cough or blow your nose? Do you get colds easily or suffer from allergies? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, post-nasal drip may be to blame.
The National Institutes of Health states that all of the above conditions can lead to nasal discharge, as well as flu, sinus infections and bacterial infections. That latter problem - an infection caused by microbes - is the key to explaining how nasal drip can cause bad breath.
You see, as nasal mucus slides down the back of your throat, it deposits microorganisms on the root of your tongue and on your tonsils. This thick goo creates a biofilm, meaning a living layer of bacteria, in your oral cavity.
These microbes, like many varieties found on the tongue, multiply and grow, consuming food particles and dead cells in the process. As a byproduct of their digestion, these bacteria give off aromatic molecules that give your breath a whiff of bad odor.
How can you avoid this form of halitosis, especially when a toothbrush can't be of help? Consider gargling with a specialty breath freshening rinse, which can loosen phlegm and clean the back of your palate.
TheraBreath makes a number of specialty mouthwashes and oral rinses designed to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and throat.
If gargling is not your thing, TheraBreath also offers Fresh Breath Throat Sprays and Sinus Drops. These products reach problem breath areas that other mouthwashes can't address.
Likewise, if you have seasonal allergies, you might do well to try taking an over-the-counter medication to reduce your nasal reaction to pollen. ABC News noted that this month's pollen counts have been sky-high, indicating that autumn may be one of the worst allergy seasons on record.
If you're unsure whether you are sensitive to pollen or dust, consider getting a basic test from your general physician or local allergist.