A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Postnasal Drip
I had a question the other day about postnasal drip.
Your nose and throat make mucus all the time.
This mucus keeps your nose and throat moist, and it clears away bacteria and other things that can cause infections and allergies.
Most of the time, this mucus is swallowed and you don’t even notice it.
But when you have a cold, congestion, or allergies, the amount of mucus can increase, build up, and thicken.
The feeling of this mucus draining down the back of your throat is postnasal drip.
It often causes a sore throat, coughing, and problems swallowing.
The increase in mucus that leads to postnasal drip can be caused by a cold, flu, allergies, sinus infections, or hormonal changes.
>Gargle with warm salt water to help get rid of throat soreness. Stir 1 teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Gargle as often as you like—the more often, the better.
>Drink more fluids to soothe a sore throat. Honey and lemon in weak tea may help. (Don’t give honey to children younger than 1 year.)
Clean the inside of your nose with a saltwater solution.
This may help reduce postnasal drip.
You can buy a saline solution at your drugstore, or you can make your own at home.
>Mix ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of distilled water (too much salt dries out nasal membranes). If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it’s lukewarm.
>Place the solution in a clean bottle with a dropper (available at drugstores). Use as needed. Make a fresh solution every 3 days.
>Insert drops while lying on a bed. The person should be on his or her back and hang the head over the side of the bed. This helps the drops get farther back. To avoid reinfection, try to avoid touching the dropper to the nose.
>If the bottle doesn’t have a dropper, the solution can be snuffed from the palm of the hand, one nostril at a time.
To deal with postnasal drip it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Balance Omega-3/Omega-6 essential fats.
*Decrease toxic household cleaning, laundry, and personal care products and/or poor air quality.
*Decrease possible triggers, allergies, sensitivities; eliminate dairy products.