How Do I Get Rid of Post Nasal Drip?
Flu season is upon us and this year feels especially brutal. The New York Times reported that the 2017-2018 flu season has been among the most expensive and dangerous. If you feel sick, stay in and nurture yourself when needed. Also, please take care to protect the young and the elderly from exposure.
Of course, once this flu season - and the frigid winter that accompanied it - finally end, we're still not out of the woods. Perhaps this has happened to you: You catch a cold, a bad one, a mini-plague that knocks you out for the better part of a week. Then, slowly, you finally start to recover. The fever disappears, you stop sniffing so much and even start to feel like your old self.
There's just one thing: You can't lose that sore throat. You're still coughing. And if you're not hacking, it feels like you're clearing your throat every other minute. Your cold may be gone but, unfortunately, it's left one last parting gift: post nasal drip.
What is Post Nasal Drip?
Despite being a little gross, mucus is normally awesome. It fights bacteria and helps protect the mouth and throat from infection. However, once it gets thickened - a process that is unfortunately common when a cold or other respiratory disease occurs - it can become very discomforting. The amount builds up and actually drips down into the throat from the mouth. This causes all that throat clearing and coughing and can quickly turn the whole area sore. Untreated, the problem has the potential to get worse. Thickened mucus can actually block the Eustachian tube, which exists between the nose and the ear. If this happens, expect a lot of pain and a good chance for an ear infection.
Home Remedies for Post Nasal Drip
1. Salt and Water - Luckily, there are remedies to fight against the symptoms of post nasal drip, some of which don't even require you to leave your home. The simplest of these only requires salt and water. Michigan Medicine also recommended using a little bit of baking soda. The mixture will help break up the mucus and give your throat needed necessary relief. Just be sure that you boil the water beforehand if you're using tap water. It is unfortunate to say, but sometimes the liquid from the sink brings along extra materials with it, some that would not help in this case.
2. Keeping Your Space Clean - A bit of spring cleaning can also fight that post nasal drip. Dust is a well-known irritant, not just for the eyes but for the mouth as well. That extra thick mucus is more likely to trap the dust, aggravating your condition. Cleaning out your room can work wonders.
3. Nasal Irrigation - The Hydropulse nasal irrigator was developed by an ENT specifically to relieve problems like sinusitis, allergies, post nasal drip, and general congestion. It is the most advanced system on the market and the preferred choice for effective natural relief of allergy and sinus symptoms. When used correctly, it's so effective that many patients with chronic sinusitis say they needed no other treatment at all!
Bringing in TheraBreath relief
However, even with effective home remedies, you could still have bad breath from your post nasal drip. Fortunately, TheraBreath offers a variety of products designed to fight the bad breath associated with post nasal drip. Our most direct is the TheraBreath Plus Nasal-Sinus Drops. They are designed to alleviate bad breath by directing our formulas to your nasal, sinus and throat areas where bad breat bacteria thrive. They are especially helpful to people who suffer with Post Nasal Drip.