Post nasal drip is a common problem especially if you have a cold or allergic rhinitis. It would have affected everyone at some point or the other in their lives. What is post nasal drip or PND? The condition in which phlegm oozes out into the throat from the nasal cavity is called a post nasal drip. You need to spit it out and it keeps on coming.
This could be disturbing and irritating as you have to keep on expelling the phlegm through your mouth. When the post nasal drip is going on for a few days you feel throat irritation and congestion.
How to diagnose if you are having a post nasal drip? You can make out by the symptoms, that is, having excessive phlegm secretion on to your throat. Also, a physician would be able to tell by checking your throat whether you are having post nasal drip that even you are not aware of. What are the contributing factors for post nasal drip? Allergic conditions, fever, cold, sinusitis etc. are some of the contributing factors.
How to treat post nasal drip? If it is caused by fever or cold, as the fever and cold gets cured the post nasal drip also stops. If there are no fevers and cold or other symptoms associated with it, then decongestants would help. Undergoing a course of antibiotics also work in treatment of post nasal drip.
How to treat post nasal drip at home? Reducing the intake of phlegm producing foods like milk, curd, etc. would be helpful. Clearing your sinus cavities off any mucus accumulation can be done via a Neti pot or other nasal irrigation methods. You could use the steam method to clear the mucus and alleviate the symptoms.
Here is the method – boil the water, bring the container of the boiling water on to a table, and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Using a thick towel, cover your head as well as the pot and inhale the steam.
Having hot clear soup or just hot water will alleviate any discomfort in the throat and also helps you remain well hydrated. As for any illnesses, taking the right kind of food and adequate rest helps the body to heal by itself.