Post nasal drip remedies

Post nasal drip is a condition that affects a lot of people. For those who do suffer, it might feel more like they have a waterfall or steady steam instead of just a drip! Most of us don’t even know where all of this fluid comes from, but when you take a look at the nose you’ll better understand what post nasal drip is and what causes it.

Do you wonder where all of the fluid that is dripping down the back of your throat is coming from? If so, you should consider that every day 2,500 gallons of air are passing through your adult nose. It is the job of your nose to make sure that this air is heated and is humid as it makes its way to your lungs. If the air is not both warm and moist, it can actually cause injury to the lung tissue. What does this have to do with your post nasal drip? Because the nose has to ensure that the air you breathe is moist, it requires that you have glands in the lining of your sinus cavities. Each day, those glands will need to create two quarts of fluid to aide the in lubrication of the mucus membranes in the sinuses, nose, mouth, and throat.

All of this lubrication usually just flows down the back of the nose and throat. The problem is that in some instances the mucus will become dry and stickier. This will slow down the rate at which it can be swept down through the nose and throat by the cilia and suddenly you have post nasal drip that is driving you crazy. Treading post nasal drip is a matter of returning the mucus back to the watery substance it should be so it does not make you feel like you are choking or having a waterfall in the back of your throat!

One of the best post nasal drip remedies is very simple but will work. You need to blow your nose on a regular basis. When you blow your nose, you will get rid of some of the excess drainage from the front of the nose. Don’t assume that the more you blow the better it will get, just blow when you have something to blow.

Another of the popular and effective post nasal drip remedies is to flush with salt water. All you need are salt, water, and an aspirator to wash away the post nasal drip blues. Simply dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Draw the water into the aspirator and put the tip of it in your nostril. Next, hold your nose straight back and the aspirator in a right angle to your face and then breathe in to bring the water into your nostril. Repeat on both sides. When you are finishes blow your nose. You can repeat this same process three to five times a day.

Yet another option to treat post nasal drip is to gargle with saltwater. You’ll use the same strength as you did for the nasal irritation, so you’ll dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Gargle the water in the back of your throat to remove any post nasal drip.

Drink plenty of water. The best way to keep the mucus watery is to make sure that you are getting all of the fluids that you need. Water and fluids that do not contain a lot of sugar and caffeine are ideal when trying to consume plenty of fluids. Simply drinking more will help you to remedy the post nasal drip and will allow you to get back to living your life without the constant drip, drip, drip in the back of your mouth!

Last updated on Jan 13th, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “Post nasal drip remedies”

  1. Barbara says:

    I recommend the CLEANOZ Saline for all ages, Natural, Preservative Free in single use containers more hygienic than the big saline bottles that you keep for weeks….

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