What Is Post Nasal Drip?

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Home Health Show Low AZSpring allergies get all the attention, but fall allergies can be just as troublesome for some of us. Hayfever is here to help you sneeze, sniffle, and even cough your way through another week. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Keep reading to learn more about allergies and post-nasal drip.

What is it?

Post-nasal drip is where the extra mucus created in your nose drains down the back of your throat. Sounds a little gross, maybe, but it’s a completely normal occurance. In fact, it’s only aggravating when the mucus is thicker than normal, or if you have more mucus production than you normally do.

Causes of Post-Nasal Drip:

Post-nasal drip can come from so many different things in your life. If you have any of the below, know that post-nasal drip could be why you’re clearing your throat more, coughing, or even why you have a sore throat.

  • Allergies
  • Deviated Septum
  • Pregnancy
  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Dry air and cold temperatures from changing weather
  • Sinus infection
  • Fumes from smoke, chemicals, cleaning products, etc.
  • Some medications may cause post-nasal drip, like birth control

How Do I Treat It?

Post-nasal drip can be alleviated with the help of a little extra moisture and warm. Sitting in a warm, steaming shower can help loosen up the mucus that’s causing you problems. Also, a specifically-designed teapot can be used to rinse out your sinuses. If you don’t have that, then simply fill a bowl with hot water, and rest your head above it. Hold a towel above your head to help trap the steam and encourage it to help your sinuses.

Allergies and mucus production are some of the most common reasons why we get post-nasal drip, and it’s important to know where your post-nasal drip is coming from. Understanding why you get post-nasal drip is key to treating it.

So, if you have allergies, cleaning your home and changing the air filter may help. If you are trying to lower mucus production, consider cutting down on dairy products. Drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated, which can also help your mucus thin out.

Did you know that we offer walk-in clinics for those times when you just need to see a doctor right away? Contact us to find a location close to you and get those allergies looked at!

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