I have been suffering from post nasal drip for the last 3 years. Does anyone have any ideas on how to treat this condition? It is depressing.
By scuba one from Yonkers
Vitamin C is also good for post nasal drip and sinus problems. Good luck. (05/04/2010)
Having been a lifetime sufferer of allergies, I'm going to recommend the things that helped me.
First, I wouldn't necessarily say antihistamines (benadryl, Claritin, etc). Though if you do any, try the daily like Claritin - not the hourly like benadryl. You want a decongestant to actually dry the drip.
However, I'd put more emphasis on a saline nasal rinse for two reasons. First, often these drips can be because of a sinus infection. I had a horrible sinus infection for weeks, and finally was able to treat it with the rinses. It was amazing how quick that helped. The rinses will help shrink mucus membranes, decrease the irritation that causes the fluid dripping. It's amazing! You don't even have to buy the Neti pot, although I would recommend the saline packets. Of course, boosting your immunity also helps.
Also, examine your home environment - look under sinks for leaks and mildew, really consider your air quality, and treat your bedding for mites. These things can all cause great nasal irritation and go unseen. Good luck! (05/04/2010)
I used to have hay-fever really bad, in addition to having a slight allergy to my cats. Then I started taking 1 capsule of fenugreek every morning and am not bothered by any symptoms. In addition, since it is an herb, you don't have the added worry of taxing your kidneys and liver. (05/04/2010)
First, I'd get myself to a doctor asap. See what he says. Then I'd go to a doctor and find out if you have any allergies. But I have allergies, too, and what never fails is a saline nose spray. I buy it at any drugstore, Walmart, Target, etc. in the US. saline is non-addictive and it washes away whatever is in your nasal cavity or sinuses.
You can also try a Neti Pot which is like a little tea pot you fill with saline solution - they must give the recipe on the box. Same principal, but you have to put the spout in your nose and tilt the saline into your nose. Too much trouble for me, it sounds messy, but my step daughter uses it and is quite happy with the results.
Is it allergy time where you live; pollen all over the place? It is here in Houston, TX USA right now. I read this in a magazine and do it faithfully now:
Every time I go outside I change my clothes when I come home; I'm not bringing the pollen in too far into the house. Then I either brush out my hair vigorously and/or run baby wipes through it to take out the pollen. I take plain water and rinse out the hairs in my nose (or saline spray). I take baby wipes and wash my face, neck, ears, and every other part of my body that was exposed. Be especially careful and wash your hands right away when you come in.
Never sleep in the clothes you wore outside - sometimes I fall asleep in my clothes! Do this every single time you go in/out of the house.
Keep the windows closed in your house and car. In the car, use the air conditioner button that recirculates the same air in your car; not the button that takes the air from the outside and then cools it inside the car. Don't rub your eyes or nose while you're outside. Use the hose and hose down everything you can in your yard, car, what you can easily reach on the outside of the house, patio furniture, your deck or patio. Yes, you better believe it makes for a ton of laundry, but I hardly ever get allergic reactions from pollen now.
You also might try apple cider vinegar tablets. I buy these either from the drugstore by the vitamins or online. Vinegar takes away the acidity in the body; viruses can't grow in your body where the vinegar neutralizes your blood. Viruses only grow in acid blood. I usually take 1, three times a day. You can also take one tablespoon in an 8 oz. glass of water; it can't hurt you at all. Plus it detoxifies the body of impurities.
I don't take prescriptions hardly at all anymore. I think I've built up some type of immunity from the pollen, but if I don't do the above, I get the usual allergy symptoms.
Good luck to you. BUT, please go to a doctor first! (05/05/2010)
This is only a temporary solution, but when I feel that gunk going down my throat, I breathe through my mouth for half a minute or so. I purse my lips a bit, blow in as hard as I can, then blow out in the same manner. It dries up your mouth, but it also dries up a lot of that gunk. Good luck to you. I know how yucky that is. (05/05/2010)
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Cup some of the mixture into the palm of your hand, snort into your nose and throw back your head. Salt reduces swelling and swollen nasal membranes seem to be the culprit. The mixture will drain down into your throat as well, easing any discomfort there. I immediately blow my nose and have relief in minutes. It doesn't always last really long, but there's no problem doing it again in a few hours. It is the only thing that helps with my sinus pain. It must help reduce pressure put on nerves by the swelling. It's the best treatment I've ever tried for sinus pressure, pain and post-nasal drip. Do give it a try! Lots of luck! (05/05/2010)
I would start by seeing a doctor, possibly an ear, eye, and nose doctor. He or she will be able to tell you if you have allergies and if they are seasonal or chronic. I take a homeopathic "medicine" for allergies which helps. (05/05/2010)
Neti pot - while it sounds and sometimes is YUCKY, it has kept me sinus infection free and free of over the counter meds for post nasal drip. It comes with saline powder you mix with warm water to irrigate the sinus passages, it soothes and rinses out the sinuses. I do it in the shower, not every morning but every other morning during high pollen season, then taper off until I feel the post drip coming on. It's been a life saver. Get over the yuck factor and do yourself a favor, get a Neti pot, I've been buying it ($10) for everyone I know who is suffering with sinus infections, those who do it are eternally grateful, those who don't are still crying about their allergies. (05/13/2010)
In response to Kevin's post about grapefruit seed extract (gse) and alcohol. I have been using nutribiotic's gse for the past seven or so years, when needed, and it is great! It helps with an upset stomach and my sore throats due to pnd and earaches. I love the stuff, and it is not dangerous.
While hard alcohol might initially make you feel better with some immediate pain-reducing effects, you will pay later. Alcohol shuts down glandular functions, primarily that of the pituitary gland, which is responsible for generating serotonin (the stuff that makes us happy), and it will only make your head feel like it is in more of a fog than it already is from all the stuffiness and allergies. I'm a southerner and speak from experience when I say Granny's whiskey only made me feel worse as a kid.
Also, ditto on the neti pots - they're awesome. (06/18/2010)
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