How to Deal with Postnasal Drip
You’ve had that annoying tickle in the back of your throat for weeks and no matter how many times you cough, clear, hack and swallow, you can’t get relief. It’s the postnasal drip that’s driving you crazy. Here’s what you can do to finally deal with it.
What is postnasal drip?
Postnasal drip is more common than you may think. The glands in your nose and throat are constantly producing mucus to moisten the nose, catch unwanted dirt or particles and fight infections. You’ll typically swallow it without even noticing it.
When your glands produce extra mucus, it may accumulate and drip down the back of your throat from your nose, making your throat tickle. This is what we call postnasal drip.
Aside from the annoying tickle in the back of your throat, common symptoms include:
- Bad breath
- Increased cough
- Need to clear your throat or swallow
- Sore or scratchy throat
Postnasal drip can be cause by anything from the common cold, a change in weather to a deviated septum. The increase in mucus is typically caused when the nasal lining is inflamed, irritated or in fight mode.
Common causes include:
- Change in weather or seasons
- Deviated Septum
- Side effects of some medications
- Spicy food
- Viral infection
What You Can do to Treat Postnasal Drip
There are several things you can do to relieve your postnasal drip. The right solution is different for everybody as there are a wide variety of treatment options:
- Decongestant spray or pill
- Drinking hot liquids
- Mucus thinner like Mucinex
- Nasal rinse
- Steamy shower or humidifier
- Staying hydrated
- Nasal Cryotherapy with ClariFix (Completed in-office in just a few minutes)
If you suffer from chronic sinus infections or find yourself stuck in a cycle of at-home remedies, pharmacy aisle visits and frustration from sinus suffering and postnasal drip, you may be a great candidate for a simple, in-office solution.
At ADVENT, we get to the root of postnasal drip so you can ditch the temporary fix, and finally get back on track to living better.