The glands of your nose and throat produce mucus to fight infection and filter out allergens. The mucus traps microorganisms, irritants, and other irritants under a layer of moisture that can easily be flushed out.

Postnasal Drip can occur when this mucus is dripping down the throat. This can feel as:

  • Constantly needing to clear your throat or swallow
  • a sore throat
  • bad breath
  • Nausea or upset stomach

It is a sign that your nose wants to get rid of something. Usually, it’s an infection or allergen. This can be caused by a deviated nasal septum which restricts the passage of one nostril and prevents mucus draining.

Why and when does it become noticeable?

Your nose and body will often remove dangers before you notice them. Your mucus catches them and expels them, or sends them on to your immune system for treatment.

Postnasal dripping Can become visible when:

  • Low humidity and insufficient hydration makes the mucus viscous
  • Smoke or dust, which are irritants, can increase mucus secretion
  • Allergens decrease moisture and increase permeability in blood vessels and tissues
  • Chronic infection of the Sinuses
  • Increased nasal secretion due to pregnancy, menopause or diabetes
  • The throat is damaged or malformed
  • Hypersensitivity to anxiety and stress

In simpler terms, it can be caused by mucus that is too thick, or your throat not being able to remove it.

Postnasal Drip can be confused with acid reflux , which also causes throat irritation. However, the stomach acids are splashing out of your stomach instead of flowing down your nose.

What can you do about it?

Antihistamines and pseudoephedrine, which are available over-the-counter as decongestants, can be effective in relieving postnasal dripping.

Saline nasal drops can help to moisten your nasal passages and make mucus flow more easily.

Netipots and sinus rinses are effective ways to remove excess mucus from your nose.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hot tea or soup will also open your sinuses, and help keep them moist.

Preventing postnasal dripping and eliminating the cause are the best ways of preventing it. Avoid any allergens or irritants that are making your nose work harder.

Keep your house as clean as you can. Change your air filters regularly.

See a doctor if you have a virus or bacteria infection. You may need antibiotics to treat the infection.

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