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How to Get Rid of Post Nasal Drip

Updated on October 17, 2013

Post Nasal Drip

Post nasal drip is that icky feeling you get when mucus has settled in the back of your throat. You usually experience this when you are suffering from the flu, a runny nose or an allergy. Your sinuses just seem to drip nonstop and it makes you want to clear your throat every minute. While post nasal drip is not dangerous itself, it’s very annoying and it can make you feel very uncomfortable.

If you want to relieve the discomfort, read on to learn the causes and how to get rid of post nasal drip.

What Causes Post Nasal Drip?

Did you know that mucus does an important role in keeping your body safe from infections? It cleans your nasal passages and keeps irritants such as dust and dirt from reaching your lungs. The problem begins when there is too much nasal discharge. Post nasal drip happens because of overproduction of mucus. This may be due to several different reasons including sinusitis, colds, the flu, exposure to dust and smoke, menstruation, and pregnancy. It is important to keep these causes in mind when trying to stop post nasal drip.

How to Get Rid of Post Nasal Drip Fast

1. Gargle salt water.

Salt water can dry the mucus in the back of your throat. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to a cup of water. Gargle the solution whenever you feel necessary.

2. Use a decongestant.

Using a decongestant is one of easiest ways to clear your sinuses and stop post nasal drip. It improves breathing and makes you feel a lot better. However, those who have high blood pressure and heart disease should avoid using a decongestant as it stimulates the heart. Also, you can try cough medications because these treatments help thin mucus.

3. Use antihistamines.

Allergies can cause post nasal drip. You can work your way around this by using antihistamines. Antihistamines block allergic reactions. Antihistamines come in oral forms or sprays.

4. Blow your nose.

Sometimes, all it takes to get rid of post nasal drip is to blow you nose. Just grab a tissue and blow those mucus away!

5. Drink plenty of water.

Drinking plenty of water helps thin mucus and cleans your nasal passages. It is generally recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Avoid drinking milk when you have post nasal drip as it can thicken the mucus.

6. Treat infections.

If you are suffering from colds, the flu, a runny nose, or sore throat, it is best if you treat the infection immediately before it triggers post nasal drip.

7. Use a humidifier.

Dry air can make you feel more uncomfortable. Use a humidifier to increase moisture in the air. Make sure that you clean the humidifier properly to avoid breeding of bacteria.

8. Avoid triggers.

In some cases, you can easily get rid of post nasal drip if you stay away from the things that trigger it. Irritants such as smoke and dust are the common culprits in causing overproduction of mucus. Avoid these triggers by wearing protective clothing and carrying a handkerchief so you can cover your nose and mouth whenever necessary. Also avoid second hand smoke. It will not only irritate your sinuses; it can also cause severe health problems.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Eugene OR

      I have been plagued all my life. The BEST solution, and that is a key word, is Neilmed bottles with the saline solution they sell. It is available in nearly every country, every pharmacy and big box store, not expensive, and the best way to flush out "stuff" from your sinus.

      Prior to doing this process once or twice a day, I took every OTC sinus med on the planet. I have had sinus surgery, and have been diagnosed with "non motile cilia" from Whooping Cough, Pertussis when I was a child. Bottom line, if I keep this Neilmed solution and flushing bottle up every day, I have very little problem. I also find that taking costco's sleep aid which is really an antihistamine, takes care of the night postnasal drip and sleep problem at one time.