Postnasal drip is when mucus accumulates in the back of the nose and throat leading to, or giving the sensation of, mucus dripping down the naso-pharynx (back of the throat). Post-nasal drip can be caused by excessive or thick secretions. Post-nasal drip may lead to chronic sore throat or chronic cough. Allergic rhinitis is a very common cause of rhinitis. It is caused by allergies and is characterized by an itchy/runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion. Vasomotor rhinitis is thought to occur because of abnormal regulation of nasal blood flow. Vasomotor rhinitis can become pronounced with humidity and temperature changes.
The following may cause thickened secretions:
- low humidity
- sinus or nasal infections
- environmental irritants (tobacco smoke, smog)
- hormonal problems
Prompt treatment of infection by your physician, with antibiotics, along with supplemental medications will help to re-establish the normal drainage pathways. Allergy medications, such as antihistamines, are used for allergic rhinitis and post-nasal drip. Allergy medications, such as antihistamines, are also frequently used to allergic rhinitis and post-nasal drip. Oral decongestants temporarily reduce swelling of sinus and nasal tissues leading to an improvement of breathing and a decrease in obstruction. They may also stimulate the heart and raise the blood pressure and should be avoided by patients who have high blood pressure.
You should not take oral decongestants without a doctor’s approval. By treating Post Nasal Drip with Holistic remedies, the causes as well as symptoms are addressed – resulting in a long-lasting solution to post nasal drip. Irrigating the nose with salt water is very useful therapy. Steam from a hot cup of tea, bowl of soup or a humidifier can help clear out nasal passages, reducing post nasal drip. An aromatherapy combination of eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary or peppermint oil with water in a humidifier during the day, and the essential oil of lavender at night, can help clear the nasal passages and aid with sleep. Chinese medicine generally uses herbs brewed into tea and drunk at regular intervals for the treatment of many ailments.
Upper respiratory infection prevention may include:
- if you are ill, remain at home until you are no longer contagious;
- avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth;
- cover the cough and sneeze
- wash your hands often