Post Nasal Drip
This problem is present when the mucus production is impaired. The mucus can belocated in the throat, one to two quarts of it, and it fulfills severalfunctions. It protects the body from allergens, bacteria, viruses and other.The mucus also removes any foreign objects from the nasal passages and it alsokeeps them clean. Another function of the mucus is to make air more humid whenit is inhaled in the body. The problem we are talking about in this textappears when the body produces excess mucus. Sometimes the mucus can be hard toremove from the throat and very thick. Some of the most common causes of thepost nasal drip are sinus infections, nasal polyps, pregnancy, smoke, dust, cold air, common cold, pollutants and allergies. Treatment ofthis problem includes tranquilizers, diuretics, and antihistamines.
Treatment for Post Nasal Drip
Some liquid decongestants like Neo-synephrine and Afrin, can be used for theelimination of the gathered mucus and the present inflammation. Another remedyis the salt water spray, along with some oral medications. These medicationsare called pseudoephedrines and they cause the constriction of blood vessels, which leads to the drying of the nasal passages. Remember not to use thesemedications if you have problems with thyroid gland, diabetes, high bloodpressure or if you are nursing or pregnant.
There are many home remedies that can be used and one of them is the mix of cupof water and half a teaspoon of salt, which should be used for gargling. Thismay eliminate throat irritation. Next mix that you can use is the one of bakingsoda, salt and warm water. Spray this mix in each nostril, and remember to tiltthe head several times. This will get the solution in every corner of thenostrils. When this ends, gently blow the nose and do this at least six timesduring one day. Take hot showers and steamy baths, since steam can reduce theproblems of post-nasal drip.
You can also inhale steam coming from the hotwater in which eucalyptus oil has been added. Also, during this treatment, youhave to put a towel over your head. Thinning of the mucus can be achieved by drinking at least eight glasses of water during one day. This can also be donein order to prevent the problem. Humidifier can be substituted with low heatboiling water, which can also help with the post-nasal drip problem.
Try toavoid smoking and passive smoking, along with the allergens like dust, pollensand dander. The problem may become worse if you consume dairy products, so tryto avoid them. Also, if children are having this problem, try not to give themmedications and take them to the doctor.