Glands lining most parts of the internal organs of the body secret about 2 liters of mucus, which is approximately 8 cups of coffee. Mucus plays a huge role in the body, helping in the entrapment and destructions of external invaders before they cause harm to the body.
Nasal mucus is not noticeable as it drops slowly to the back of the throat, mixing up with saliva, in a gradual and continuous manner.
This mucus becomes a problem when it is produced in excess. It becomes thick and noticeable. The excess comes to the front of the nostrils as a runny nose. When this thick nasal mucus drips down the back of the throat, it is called Post Nasal Drip.
What are the causes of Post Nasal Drip?
There are different causes of Post Nasal Drip. This is triggered by excess mucus production, the underlying cause of the excess is the culprit of Post Nasal Drip. The causing conditions include; colds, allergies, flu, sinusitis, foreign objects in the nasal pathway, pregnancy, certain medications such as blood pressure and birth control pills.
Other conditions that trigger Post Nasal Drip are a change of weather deviated septum and certain foods such as spices and other hot foods.
Symptoms of Post Nasal Drip
Nasal congestion with the urge to clear nasal pathway regularly, coughs (worse at night), sore throats, painful ear infections and sinus infections are the general symptoms of Post Nasal Drip. Fevers, wheezing, can also be symptoms but due to the gravity of the last two symptoms, doctors should be contacted immediately.
Treatments for Post Nasal Drip
The treatment of Post Nasal Drip depends on the causative underlying problem. For bacterial infections, antibiotics are prescribed to treat the Post Nasal Drip.
Colds and flu are treated with their normal medications. Antihistamines and decongesting medications are used to alleviate Post Nasal Drip caused by Sinusitis, viral infects and allergies.
Thinning of the nasal mucus can be another option for the treatment of Post Nasal Drip. This will alleviate discomfort associated with the condition and prevent blockages of the ear and Sinuses, preventing infections. To thin the mucus, drinking water constantly is very efficient.
Other treatment methods for Post Nasal Drip includes:
Using saline sprays or undergoing nasal irrigation, taking mucus-thinning medications, increasing the humidity of the air using a humidifier, using pillows that don’t allow a pool of mucus to settle behind the throat, covering pillows and bedding to prevent dust mites, always cleaning living areas, and washing of beddings regularly.
Post Nasal Drip might look like natural condition, but the after effects could be grave, causing sinusitis and ear infections. Therefore, Post Nasal Drip should be treated immediately to avoid the situation getting worse.