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Post Nasal Drip Explained

That Little Post Nasal Drip May Be Telling You Something

Seasonal allergies come with their fair share of fun and one of those good times is post nasal drip. Creating mucus is one of your body's lines of defense in attempts to flush allergens out of your nose, but if you're stuffed up and can't blow the mucus out, you'll experience post nasal drip. All that dreaded mucus builds up in your nose, leading to the sensation that mucus is dripping down the back of your nose and into your throat. It is not only a little bit gross, but it can also cause a chronic sore throat. The fun doesn't end there because the mucus can also drip into your lungs causing wheezing, difficulty breathing, and the need to clear your throat often.

The best means of warding off post nasal drip is to get to the root of your seasonal allergies and avoid those allergens. If you are allergic to the entire great outdoors (I exaggerate a bit, but sometimes it feels that way) you might want to try allergy medication. There are many over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, and Alavert. Decongestants may work for you too, such as Sudafed, but they can give you a super dry throat and unfortunate sexual side effects. Or you may benefit from getting right to the source of your nasal congestion with prescription nasal sprays such as Nasonex or Flonase. Once you deal with the mucus in your nose, then you won't have to worry about dealing with that annoying post nasal drip.

Fit's Tips: If you're not into taking medications to deal with your allergies, then pick up a neti pot and do some nasal cleansing.


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