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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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bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Thanks dameneko - I just ordered mine online today from Amazon UK. It's one by a company called SinuCleanse and it comes with saline sachets - I hope it works, because I totally had a sinus infection this weekend and don't want to go to the doctor for antibiotics! I'm excited to get my neti pot and try it out ... I think it will really help me.
dameneko dameneko 9 years
@bigestivediscuit -- i got mine from a yoga studio. i have also seen them at the health food store. whole foods may carry them in some locations. if not, try looking for one online. good luck!!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Wow, thanks for your guys' advice! I have bad allergies and sinus problems (always prone to sinus infections) and have been wanting to try the neti pot for a while, but don't know if I could actually do it. I guess I will just have to buy one and experiment. Where did you both get yours?
emalove emalove 9 years
I always have post-nasal drip, even using the 2 allergy medications that I'm prescribed. I hate it!
dameneko dameneko 9 years
neti pots are awesome! i still have to take a claritin if i get a sudden allergy attack (like when i go to a friend's house and i'm allergic to their pets), but i have been able to quit using allergy meds every day since i began using a neti pot. it DOES take some getting used to and that initial leap of faith, but i think it's worth it. good luck!!
sabrebelle sabrebelle 9 years
bigestivediscuit - I use a neti-pot when my sinuses start giving me a lot of trouble, and it's the best treatment I've ever used for sinus trouble -- much better than the myriad drugs that the allergist has had me try. I recommend watching some of the videos on YouTube of people using them, and then trying it for yourself. It takes a leap of faith to dump water up your nose the first time, and it takes some time to get the water temperature and amount of salt right, but the relief is unbelievable when you finally get it. Just make sure to blow your nose in the way that is recommended after using the neti-pot (NOT like you blow your nose normally). It's very important to dry your sinuses after use. Good luck!
kia kia 9 years
My husband has bad allergies. He had to get a sinus surgery last year after not being able to smell for five years. He frustrates me with his infrequent use of the neti pot and all these other tips. I'll let him know about the chronic sore throat and other effects to perhaps scare him to be more diligent about how he handles his "drip" and everything else.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I can't tell if I have the remnants of a mean cold or if I have allergies, but either way, I'm tired of being alternately drugged-up and coughy/sniffly. So not fun.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
My doctor always prescribes Nasacort. It does help. Post nasal drips are the worse when you're sleeping, I cough all night because of that itch in my throat due to the drip.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I really want to get a neti pot after seeing it on Dr. Oz/Oprah - has anyone ever tried it before? Fit, are you an expert neti-pot user? :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I have a sore throat right now and have had major sniffles. Ugh!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
urg I have the worst ones imaginable! I since I have pretty bad athsma, I have to be VERY careful of the medications I take for allergies!
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