Your body collects its share of mucus every day. This naturally mixes into saliva, then drips down to the back of your throat where it is swallowed. Saliva and mucous have many protective functions. Post nasal drip occurs when there is too much mucus being produced and it becomes thicker than it usually is. This comes out of the nose and also runs back down the nose and throat, resulting in an unpleasant situation.
Cold & Flu
One of the most common causes of post nasal drip is a cold or the flu. The infection causes the body to produce extra mucus to try to combat against the virus. This can create a very unpleasant sensation, causing a constant need to clear the throat, a runny nose and a difficult time lying down or sleeping. To treat this, the best thing to do is treat the infection that’s causing the body to produce the excess mucus. Visit a healthcare professional to prescribe the best treatment.
Fumes & Perfumes
A scent can completely change the atmosphere, inviting a certain mood or feeling, but it can also change the atmosphere in your nose and sinuses. You may be allergic or sensitive to certain scents or aroma. These can cause post nasal drip, along with symptoms that feel like the beginning of a cold.
Pregnancy is a most special time in a woman’s life in which the body undergoes a lot of changes. Some of them are to be expected, such as back aches and swollen feet, but there are other symptoms that you may not know are linked to pregnancy. Post nasal drip is one of these symptoms and can cause many women to worry that they’re catching a cold or the flu.
Some home remedies have become popular for pregnant woman with persistent post nasal drainage. One such home remedy includes gargling with salt water. Some patients in South Brunswick will say that gargling provides relief for their symptoms. One recipe involves dissolving about half a teaspoon of salt to one cup of warm water and then gargle with it.
Listed above are some common sources of post-nasal drainage. Of course, the list of causes for this common condition is quite lengthy. Sinus infections, allergies, inhalant sensitivities, along with many other conditions are associated with post-nasal drainage, and there are many good treatments for these conditions once a diagnosis has been established. As with all issues of the ear, nose and throat, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis from a doctor. The source of your nasal problems could be something completely different than you expected. Schedule an appointment today if post nasal drip is affecting your daily life.