Post nasal drip is actually a condition where your sinuses produce an extra amount of mucous that starts to accumulate in the back of your throat, and in the back of your nose. There are several different causes of this condition, and several ways you can prevent the occurrence.
Symptoms of Post Nasal Drip
There are three common symptoms associated with the condition known as post nasal drip:
- A continuous need to clear your throat
- A sore throat
- A persistent cough
The symptoms are annoying, and can cause you loss of sleep. You do not necessarily need to seek medical attention for the treatment of post nasal drip. The best thing you can do is learn some of the methods of preventing the problem from occurring.
Causes of Post Nasal Drip
Post nasal drip is mostly associated with allergies and allergy causing agents. The most common allergens are:
- Animal dander
- And some foods
Of course the majority of these causes can not be avoided all of the time, so you have to take steps to help reduce your exposure to the different allergens that can cause the condition to flare up.
An ounce of prevention is said to be worth a pound of cure, some of the more common ways you can prevent post nasal drip from occurring are:
- Wear a protective mask when you are in situations like mowing the yard, or dusting in the house
- Regularly change or clean the filters on your air conditioners and indoor heaters
- Air purification systems can reduce the allergens inside your home
- Put a plastic cover over mattresses
- Switch to synthetic pillows or pillows and comforters that are filled with cotton instead of down or feathers
- Place a humidifier in the house
- Keep your windows closed during the worst pollen months of the year
- Bathe your dogs regularly to help reduce the amount of pet dander
- Do not have house plants
Cats generally have more pet dander than dogs do, and you may have to get rid of your indoor pets, or get an indoor pet that has less shedding. There are also irritants that can cause you to have the same symptoms of post nasal drip that allergens cause. Avoid being exposed to these irritants as much as possible. The list of irritants includes:
- Cigarette smoke
- Strong perfumes
- Exhaust from automobiles
- Aerosol sprays
This is going to sound painful, but actually it is not. The best treatment for post nasal drip is to wash your sinuses out using a saline solution. That is right, you need to flush your sinuses with salt water and cause all of the mucous to become thinner so that it can easily flow out of your sinuses and nasal passages. You can purchase this over the counter in convenient to apply bottles, and you can use this treatment several times a day without causing any injury to your body, and with no adverse side effects.
There are many other treatments for the condition, but consult a doctor before you take over the counter medications such as decongestants to relieve your post nasal drip.