Post-nasal drip is a common healthy problem in daily life. Actually, it is a nasal mucus nature. In normal condition, nose moistens and cleans the air you breathe in and out. In order to perform this function, the nose has the epithelium of para-nasal sinus, which produce mucus drains through small passageways into nasal cavity and lower to trap debris in the air and humidify the air, and many tiny hair-like structure called cilia, which sweep the mucus posteriorly to pharynx in order to maintain these functions.
Therefore, when the weather is too dry, the cilia cannot perform its function well, as a result, the mucus stagnates in posterior nasal septum and causes the sound during you breathe. And now you suffer from post-nasal drip cough. Beside, nasal infection, sinus infection, or allergies also cause this problem because of the excessive mucus in nasal cavity.
It is thought that the best option to ease the post nasal drip is home remedies even though there are so many type of the OTCs (over the counters). Obviously, all medication have side effects.
You should choose the appropriate solution depending on the cause.
If the reason is dry weather, there are some advice for you:
1. Gargle with salt water
It is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce the symptom. It helps thinner the mucus, keeps your mouth clean and removes bacteria. Beside, your throat could be soothed by gargling with salt water.
- Mix a half of teaspoon of salt with a quarter of liter water
- Stir to dissolve completely salt. Now we have isotonic solution is safety for human body.
- Gargle this solution several time a day to get the highest effectiveness.
2. Steam inhalation
One of the benefit when you applying this method is an immediate decrease of mucus production. Because the hot steam help the blood vessels in the nose become dilation and then air passage widened help you breathe easier.
- Boil water, pour into a bowl
- Add some drop of eucalyptus oil or salt in hot water. It depends on yourself.
- Drape a clean towel over your face, hold the face and the surface of hot water parallel
- Breathe deeply in 10 minute
- Repeat this 2-3 times a day until the symptom is relieved completely.
Note: you must make sure that the water isn’t too hot to harm your skin.
3. Drink more water
Drinking 2-3 liters water per day helps your body working well and sometimes sweeps sputum away your throat, then the producing mucus is reduced.
If the post nasal drip appeared because of infection in nose or sinus, common cold, flu or allergies, you can apply these method below:
It is known that ginger is a natural decongestants as its content is an antiviral, antibacterial agent. In addition, ginger and its derivation also clear the air passage. There are several way of using ginger but ginger tea is the most traditional and convenient way. Putting a teaspoon of sliced ginger into a cup of water and boil these in about 10 minute, adding a little honey to make a good taste. Another way is chewing raw ginger but you do not have to swallow it. Repeating the method twice or three times a day to get the high effect. See more functions of ginger for skin tag removal.
Garlic is famous for the perfect ability of killing infectious agents like bacteria and virus with powerful antibiotic compositions. Therefor any symptom of nasal and sinus infection can be reduced promptly, especially post nasal drip.
- Chewing some small piece of garlic several time a day helps you recover so quickly.
- Garlic supplement is another option for you but it need a consultation with your doctor.
Note: Using garlic causes the bad smell in mouth
6. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is an antihistamine properties helps to reduce any symptoms of allergy including post nasal drip and soothe your throat. Consuming a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper mixed honey twice to three times per day until you recover completely or you can add it while cooking.
7. Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays an important role in immune system. It helps your physical function more healthy and improves the ability of fighting all illnesses related to immunity. Vitamin C presents in many kind of fruit and vegetable in nature, it is so easy to consume. Broccoli, kiwi, citrus fruit, dark leafy greens are some food sources of vitamin C you can use. In order to keep more vitamin, you should try eating raw it and diminishing soaking time.
One of the most well-known source of vitamin C is lemon. Lemon tea adding a little of honey or sugar and salt is not only a tasty drink but also improving the body’s resistance to infections. It is prefer to drink in the morning before breakfast to control the overproduction of mucus.
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