Wouldn't you like to be able to have healthy sinuses, no post-nasal-drip (PND), without having to be constantly relieving and spending money to get some temporary relief? Most people can obtain that reasonable goal by eliminating the cause(s) of the problem. Does this make sense? That's the objective of the publication being offered at the top of the page. Yet some just want temporary relief of symptoms, thus for them the tips that follow:
Going for the cause of yellow mucus Chronic allergy irritation and certain foods can be devastating to our sinuses. By now we all should fully understand the obvious: Drugs, by the way of pills, sprays, drops, i.e., relieve symptoms only--they don't cure anything. Yet some are content, as we have already said, to just have a quick symptoms fix. Again, by going to the cause--allergy, food, sinus membrane irritation, etc.--and eliminating them, we can have permanent relief in most cases, feel better and begin to enjoy life again.
What causes it? Is it curable? What is the best remedy? What is it a symptom of?
These are valid questions for which those suffering from post-nasal drip (PND) should have a valid answer. Let's start with a definition and causes:
What is post-nasal drip?
It is simply excessive mucus trickling onto the throat area, from the posterior portion of the nasal cavity. The mucus would have, ordinarily, dripped out of the nostrils. Also excessive drainage from the sinus cavities running directly into the throat is also considered post-nasal drip.
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What are the causes of post-nasal drip?
PND is caused by irritation of the membranes lining the nasal and sinus cavities. The natural reaction of those membranes is to wash away the irritant by producing profuse mucus. Things that can cause nasal membrane irritation are:
Rhinitis - also known as runny nose, is an irritation and inflammation of the membranes of the nose
Acid reflux - more specifically, the laryngopharyngeal type
Birth control pills or pregnancy - due to the elevated level of estrogen hormones present in the body
Smoking - it dries out the nasal passage membranes causing irritation
Alcoholic beverages - same reason as previous line
The function of the nasal cavities and the passage membranes is to produce mucus. A healthy body produces between one and two pints of mucus everyday. It is watery and clear and we do not notice it until it thickens and tickles our throats. Mucus maintains those membranes healthy so that the cavities and passages may carry out their protective functions properly. The cilia--a very small one cell organisms with hairlike projections which are part of the membranes--are constantly sweeping and moving mucus and fluids in those areas toward the nose to avoid congestion. Care should be taken to preserve the integrity of those important mini-organs to avoid infection, so called green snot and other sinus issues. An excessive amount of mucus is usually and indication of irritation in the nasal or sinus cavity or an infection.
Rhinitis and post-nasal drip
One of the main causes of PND is rhinitis. Commonly known as runny nose it is an irritation and inflammation of the membrane lining the nose cavity and adjacent passages. It is caused by irritation of that membrane by things such as: allergic reactions to pollens, bacteria, viruses, smog, constant exposure to dust, chemical fumes, etc. and results in the production of excessive amounts of mucus dripping through the nose or the throat area. In the big cities smog can be the main cause of this ailment. Rhinitis has been linked to other disorders such as: insomnia, learning and ear problems. Relief: includes antihistamines, desensitization to the irritant--provided it is organic and that injectable serum can be produced, keeping away as far as possible from the irritant, surgery as last resort.
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During the plants growing season--April through September--possibly the single most common cause of post-nasal drip is allergy to airborne pollens. Most people have allergies, in various degrees, to certain pollens, but sometimes confused them with a cold. When the sensitivity to them is high then post-nasal drip, among other symptoms, can become an issue. Relieving rhinitis caused by allergies includes: lessening exposure to allergens, taking antihistamines, desensitization of the person to the allergens. There is another source of allergens that can play havoc with many people's noses, throats, eyes, breathing. It is: house dust. Unfortunately, many people suffering from PND don't know the allergic effect house dust can have. Relief: taking some antihistamines for temporary cases, allergy desensitizing injections for the long run. Sinus pressure is often a symptom of allergic reaction. To know whether you are allergic to house dust, for instance, you can do a preliminary test by getting down close to the carpet or a dusty area in the house and taking a good sniff. If you are allergic to the dust you will know it right away. Allergies can be the cause of sinus pressure if the mucus doe not flow freely.
Sinus infection-sinusitis- and the post nasal drip connection
Another common post-nasal drip cause is sinusitis, which may start with sinus pressure. It's good to know, therefore, a quick way to eliminate sinus pressure before it fosters other disorders. Technically, sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the membranes lining the sinuses. Often it begins with a "cold," "flu" or allergic attack. This irritates those membranes and mucus production increases dramatically. The sinus membranes swell to wash away the irritant. If the swelling continues it will block the small openings to the sinuses (called ostia) and mucus and air won't flow into the nasal cavities. Sinus pressure builds up with possible pain. The sinuses become excellent breeding ground for bacteria and an infection follows often accompanied by headache. If this situation is allowed to become a chronic condition polyps or other diseases of the breathing organs could develop. This is not good for the rest of the respiratory organs. Since the infected mucus can infect other organs, too, and produce phlegm and other unpleasant symptoms like pain in the sinus areas or even bronchitis. Knowing some of the casues of sinus pressure can be very beneficial.
Antibiotics A viral infection producing the nasal irritation that in turn is producing the PND would not be stopped with an antibiotic. They usually last a short time. A bacterial infection, on the other hand, can be successfully addressed with antibiotics. Infections in the upper respiratory tract: "colds," etc., are usually viral; while those in the lower respiratory system are bacterial.
Post-nasal-drip temporary relief
If a virus is involved the immune system itself should take care of it. Give it a couple of days or so. The initial stage produces a watery, clear mucus, with much body discomfort. Antibiotics won't touch it
Drink lots of fluids
frsh fruit juices
but not milk
If allergies are suspected an OTC antihistamine should be helpful to relieve the symptoms
talk to your pharmacist
try to ascertain the allergen(s) involved
get close to the suspected source and take a good sniff
evaluate the reaction
difficulty in breathing, etc.
consider leaving out mucus producing foods
If you have a bad chronic condition consider seeing an allergy specialist
Rest, relax as much as possible
If the virus is detected at the outsetherb EB will very likely stop it. Three Steps to Sinus and Mucus Relief has very valuable information on cure and permanent prevention of sinus problems which apply to post-nasal-drip
If after a week the problem continues it probably is not caused by a virus, but by a bacterial infection. An antibiotic will probably be needed. Only your physician can prescribe it. If not addressed the infection and discomfort will probably linger for weeks
On the other hand if this is a recurring problem relating to seasonal plants, then allergies are very likely the culprit. Depending on the severity of the PND, you would have to decide whether to consult an allergy specialist, for tests and possible allergy shots; to desensitize the body to that allergen.
You should be aware that chronic post-nasal drip's irritation of the nasal membranes can cause polyps over time and/or throat infection
In many cases this condition is preventable and changing some foods could be the key to permanent relief
Post-nasal-drip permanent relief
As with many other sinus issues PND can be beaten most of the time by following a rather simple protocol, which includes:
A combination of healing systems working synergistically (cooperatively) for your sinuses is the key to sinus healing
Combining empirical research and reading many sources of information is how I found this new approach
The right sinus relief is more than just taking medications. It involves: Right eating, botanicals, some regular medications & pressure points for the sinuses
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Disclaimer: I am not a physician nor a licensed health care practitioner. The statements made in this web site or in the publication: Three Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are intended to describe what I did or would personally do only, and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease or condition for others. The reader should continue to regularly consult a physician with regard to his or her health. Especially with respect to any matters or symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical care.