Postnasal drip occurs when excessive mucus builds up in the back of the throat and creates a dripping sensation. The problem can lead to chronic cough and sore throat. Treatments for postnasal drip focus on the cause of the excessive mucus, which could be an allergic reaction or non-allergic rhinitis. A visit to the doctor to determine the cause of the problem is an important first step in relieving post-nasal drip.
Method 1 of 3: Removing Allergens from Your Environment
Step 1. Remove allergens from the environment whenever possible
Allergens - such as dust, dust, animal hair and mold - can irritate the nasal cavity and cause post-nasal drip.
- Bathe animals to remove dandruff that can cause irritation that could lead to post-nasal drip. It may be necessary to remove pets from the house if the allergic reaction and runny nose are severe.
- Remove plants (flowers or not) from your home.
- Cover disused plastic pillows and mattresses to minimize allergens during sleep.
Step 2. Use an air purifier to remove allergic irritants from the environment
A humidifier can add moisture to the air and relieve irritation in the nasal cavity. When the nasal cavity is irritated, it produces excessive mucus in response.
Step 3. See an allergist or take an allergy test
Chronic nasal drip could be caused by a hidden food allergy that you didn't know about or that has recently developed. See an allergist to see if you might be allergic to something without knowing it.
- The two main allergies are wheat/gluten and dairy. Dairy products are usually linked to respiratory, throat or sinus problems. Wheat is usually associated with problems in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Since dairy is likely to be the culprit, try removing them from your diet for a month. If you don't experience any change in your symptoms, dairy is probably not an allergen. If you feel a change for the better in your body, you will understand that your system responds to dairy by producing more mucus. After all, studies do not indicate a clear link between dairy and mucus production..
Method 2 of 3: Using Doctor Recommended Treatments
Step 1. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
Dehydration can worsen the symptoms of rhinitis and postnasal drip. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can cause dehydration. Water is your best choice to stay hydrated while suffering from rhinitis and post-nasal drip.
Look at your urine to determine if you are drinking enough water during the day. If your urine is yellow, you are not drinking enough water. If your urine is clear, perhaps a little yellow, you are probably well hydrated
Step 2. Blow your nose frequently to remove excess mucus from your nasal cavity
Blowing your nose can remove irritants, which cause a buildup of mucus. For mucus that cannot be removed after blowing your nose, some people prefer to snort and spit out the phlegm trapped in the back of the throat, preventing halitosis and dry mouth.
Step 3. Dry the nasal cavity to remove mucus-causing irritants
Over-the-counter saline kits and nasal sprays can be found to clean the nasal cavity. Saline solution removes irritants from the nasal cavity, thins mucus and soothes the membranes of the nose.
Try using a Neti pot to remove mucus from the nasal cavity and back of the throat. Be aware, however, that using a nasal cavity irrigation device could remove natural antibiotic agents that kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi
Step 4. Use decongestants to relieve symptoms of mucus build-up and post-nasal drip
Oral decongestants can compress blood vessels to reduce the level of congestion in the nasal cavity. Decongestants can also be found in nasal spray form.
Step 5. Only use decongestants for three days in a row
If symptoms do not improve after three days, discontinue use of decongestants. Using decongestants after three days may seem more harmful than helpful.
Step 6. Remove mucus with medications to thin the mucus
Medicines such as guaifenesin (Mucinex) are sold over the counter and taken in tablet or syrup form.
Step 7. Ask your doctor for prescription medication to relieve mucus buildup and irritation
Your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, antihistamines, and anti-drip sprays to alleviate your problem.
- Corticosteroid sprays treat the inflammation that occurs with non-allergic rhinitis.
- Antihistamine sprays can affect allergic rhinitis effectively, but they are not effective against non-allergic problems.
- Anticholinergics, or anti-drip sprays, are medications used in asthma inhalers that can help treat post-nasal drip.
Method 3 of 3: Unproven Natural Remedies
Step 1. Make a salt and water rinse
Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 200ml of hot or lukewarm water and gargle after tilting your head back. To help cut even more mucus, add 1/2 lemon juice to salt water and gargle.
Step 2. Do a good cleaning
If allergens are disturbing your nasal cavities, the only home treatment you need is at home. Try the following suggestions for removing dust, pollen and dandruff from your home before it all comes back to harm you – on your nose.
- Wash clothes, sheets, pillowcases and mattresses regularly in hot water. The hot water will kill any bacteria that might be causing your symptoms.
- Use HEPA air filters in your home. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air.
- Vacuum regularly with true or absolute HEPA filters. Vacuuming with HEPA filters ensures that any allergen is collected during the vacuuming process.
Step 3. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods
All three things greatly worsen mucus production.
Step 4. Use steam treatments with herbs or oils
Try a DIY steam treatment by covering your head with a towel and placing yourself at a safe distance from a pot of hot water. Make an aromatic steam treatment by adding tea (ginger, mint or chamomile, for example) or essential oils (lavender, rosemary, etc.).
Take a hot shower. Let the steam from the hot water reach your lungs and nasal cavities as you bathe
Step 5. Try the lemon cure
For this you will need 3 cups of tea (1 large cup) and hot water. Add sugar to taste and a little honey. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 dark green lime into the mixture. Always drink this infusion in the morning on an empty stomach. The lemon will clean your liver and stomach (full of last night's mucus from post-nasal drip). You will feel a lot of energy throughout the day.
- Steroid drugs can cause serious side effects if used long term. A physician should monitor the use of these medications.
- Decongestants can cause increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, insomnia, loss of appetite and anxiety. Decongestant nasal sprays should not be used for longer than three or four days due to post-nasal drip. The medicine can make the congestion come back with even worse symptoms.