I have suffered from severe post nasal drip since 2008. I do not understand why. I went to an allergist but that did not seem to help. It drips so bad that it is collecting in my throat and cuts off my airway. It seems to be getting worse since I started my allergy shots.
I am desperate to find something that will stop the post nasal drip. I also need to find something that will clear that mucus out so I can breathe better. I feel like I am suffocating. I do not know how to get it out. I spit most of the day but that does not really help much. Please help me.
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I have the same problem of post nasal drip, not as bad as you though. Its constantly building up and dripping at the back of my throat and can cause bad breath, yuck! I actually cut out all sugar and dairy from my diet (switched to unsweetened soy milk) and ate fresh veggies, some fruits and whole grains, meats, etc. I noticed a huge difference within a couple of weeks! I was doing well for nearly a year until I recently started eating a whole lot of cheesy foods and lots of sugar again and wow, my post nasal drip came back! Time to cut all that crap out and I know it will go away again. It's worth trying, you end up feeling great all over anyway b/c you are eating better!
Forget the Neti pot, to messy. Use NeilMed. Just squeeze the bottle into one nostril after inserting a packet of solution and warm water. It will return out the other nostril bringing out the "stuff" with it. Wonderful.
Make it your daily routine.
Try the saline spray. It's cheap and it usually cuts down on the post-nasal drip even if it doesn't entirely stop it.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is not harmful it is a natural substance. I used a NeilMed Sinus Rinse bottle. I filled it with warm (previously boiled) tap water and 8 drops of Nutribiotic GFSE and following the directions cleaned my sinuses (after feeling like I was coming down with a sinus infection) I feel much better.
Are you taking blood pressure meds? These will sometimes cause this. Talk to your DR if so. A decongestant made from natural plants is Musinex. It works for a lot of people.
Stop eating dairy foods if you do.
Anyone have any real remedies, not something that masks or temporarily removes it? My body laughs at the saline crap, and the netipot can't get through the gunk in one nostril let alone two. I haven't gotten a good night's rest in about 3 months! Real advice only, like what I should ask for when I see my doctor.
By Spanish Girl07/21/2010
You need to cut coffee, dairy and sugar from your diet. These three things make allergies worse and your post nasal drip. Try it for a week and see how you go. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
Suggestion would be to reconsider the shots, if they aren't making it better. And neti pot type nasal irrigation.
Carol, I'm sorry to hear about your suffering with this and for so long. I relate. I'll tell you what I learned, maybe it will help.
I was tested by an allergist Dr. and found I was allergic to my cat and cigarettes. I smoked. I kept my cat.
If I were you, I'd get tested first to see what's going on. Sometimes a person has nasal polyps (growths) in the sinuses that causes drips; not just allergies do. But I'd find out first by an allergist doctor (ear, nose & throat dr), then by holistic means. Something to think about.
Then many years later I went to a holistic dr. who tested me and she found I was allergic to wheat. I started eating bread, etc. made with spelt and my drip went away. Completely.
She also said for me to stop eating: products made with yeast; fermented food like pickles. Now believe me this cuts down on most of life's food normal people eat. Like catsup, crackers. I started shopping at the health food store, but it got too expensive. I guess I could have made my own bread & crackers from spelt (I used to do these things, but ran out of time and inclination. Call me lazy.) A loaf of spelt bread ran - 15 yrs. ago - almost $5. And it was two of us eating at my house.
But now I manage with saline nasal spray. You can buy it at any drugstore, Walgreens, CVS, buy it from their sites too. Whenever I start with pollen problems I use it, or stuffed nose. You can use it as often as you want because it's harmless - cheap too. I do throw the bottle out after I've experienced a pollen problem though; like now it's recommended to throw out a toothbrush after a cold.
I try to wear only natural fabrics, cotton, silk, but especially when it's pollen time. I know you get drips all the time and so do I but these things help me.
I change my clothes every time I go in and out of the house; yes, tons of laundry, but it's helped so much I do it gladly.
I use the air conditioning in the car and house only; no open windows in either. Not refreshing, but it works for me.
When I come in from shopping or outdoors I always wash my hands (I do this anyway), face, run some lukewarm water in a little up my nose - gets rid of pollen on nose hairs. Brush my hair really well too. Sometimes I just use baby wipes and run them over my hair too.
All this has really helped me. Plus I take grapeseed, olive leaf, oregano oil supplements for my immune system. Unbelievable results!
I have Epstein Barr (immune disease) anyway, but following all of the above, I almost never get a cold and it's been years since I got the flu.
I'm not cured, but I feel better.
I so hope you find a solution. Maybe somethings here will help you. Get better soon. Bless your heart.
Try a neti-pot. It has helped me.
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I have a major problem with post nasal drip and have tried everything over the counter. I have been to the doctor 2 times and nothing he gave me helped. What can I do? it's driving me nuts.
Julie from Watertown, NY
By Lynn from CA
Dr. gave me Allegra samples to try, but that only dried me up really bad. He gave me some Nasonex samples and that seemed to help. I am not sure if that cured me or it just finally ran it's course, but I'm not having the problem anymore. Nasonex is by prescription and is a nose spray. It says it's for nasal allergies. I hope I never have that problem again because it was sure the pits. Oh, and at the same time I had a stuffed nose and woke up with headaches and my nose all full and crusted over, yuck. I hope you find relief. (01/17/2006)
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By Cheryl from MO
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By Matt B.
Nettles are also called 'stinging nettles' in the health food store and come in liquid and pill form. When my allergies get going, I use a multi-pronged approach: nettles, bromelain pills, nasal irrigation (or just "Ocean" brand saline nasal spray daily), drink lots of water, run the air filter cleaners in every room I am in for a prolonged period of time. If you can't take an air filter cleaner to work, then running one in your bedroom might help. Sears is the best for these air cleaners, because they carry the filters long after the cleaner machine has been discontinued, so you don't have to get additional filters via mail order. Get the best one you can afford.
Take the nettle pills several times a day. Also, use NasalCrom (no longer a prescription) to calm those allergies in your nose. Although the back of your throat might be the involved party, the NasalCrom might help to substantially minimize the side effects.
Many years ago, the allergic child of a friend was prescribed NasalCrom by the allergist. This seems to have made a huge difference in the quality of his well being. When it became available to the general public, I tried it, too, and have been quite pleased. The instructions say you can take it year round, if need be. Might be worth $12 for you to try it. Target has their in house brand of this item for a little less money. (02/18/2006)
By Tom H.
ent-consult.com Having suffered for weeks, and nearly strangling to death 3 times, I followed the articles ideas and used the nasal moisturizer "Nasal Comfort" from CVS for $10 (by the makers of Zicam), a hot wet cloth under my eyes and over the top of my nose plus a hot cup of tea. Two hours later I'm breathing fine, the stuff in my throat is almost gone and I can tell that the mucus from my nose is no longer flowing slow and thick as it had been. In fact, at one point I noticed the mucus seemed to be accelerating, but not congregating in my throat.
I hope whatever method you use takes care of the problem for you. (04/13/2008)
Hot liquids seem to help, and also hard alcohol. If you're over 21 take a shot, or notice how during a night of drinking the hard liquor you'll have no throat drip. This is because ethyl alcohol (aka booze) found in high levels in hard alcohol kills bacteria. Do not drink beer for this problem, it has low alcohol and also contains yeast and which aggravates post nasal symptoms. (05/09/2008)
What I found in my studies: first of all, sinus troubles come from the immune system not being up to par. The best way to get it back to par is with Zinc. And just to get you thinking about it, think about why the doctor is telling you to take something. Then google that issue. Study the organ, why it works, how it works, what other organs/parts effect it, what helps it to work and what hurts it. The body is a fascinating thing if you just break it down into sections. Just like a car, bike, computer. Some things help it some don't. But to make it run at top performance you have to "think like it works". Learn. (07/26/2008)
By Dripping in FL
The first is silent acid reflux. It can give the sensation of post nasal drip in the throat without any sign of heartburn. It can also cause a chronic cough. Prilosec is what I will take temporarily and I am avoiding acidic foods and drinks while I heal my stomach and esophagus.
The second is sinus disease. Any caffeine/alcohol drinkers out there? These can cause the mucous membranes in the nasal cavity to virtually "dry up". I bought the NeilMed Nasal Rinse bottle and have been "rinsing" with it 3 to 4 times per day until this is under control.
Guess what? After 6 to 8 weeks of this regimen, the chronic cough is gone and I can breathe freely. The sad part is, I never realized my nose was congested. The nasal rinse is a little gross in the beginning, but I look forward to it because it makes me feel great.
Note: I was tested for allergies, asthma, lung problems, and sinus deformities and everything came up negative. Good luck. (11/03/2008)
By Amanda From Saskatoon
The amount of salt that you put in water to rinse your sinus is very important, even critical. if you put too much, you may cause problems if you put less, it will not help you. You need to use slightly higher concentration of salt than we have in our blood, this is called Plasmolyse. Water in our body and even in vitro moves always from concentrated to less concentrated area. That is why salt in water will stop the dripping mucus/water from the cell to outside the cells, and keep the water inside the cell, this is a Isotonic equilibrium, that way the drips stops. Thanks. (04/13/2009)
She finally prescribed me with something called Z-Pack. It was a five day pill treatment that is kinda expensive, but well worth it. She also told me to use Clariton-D and make sure that it had the D label. The combination of both of these medicines had me cleared up within 10 days. It worked and I'm relieved. The total cost for both was about $70 it is well worth it.
I'm sorry I don't know the real name of the medicine, because I threw the packaging away, but a doctor should know. I'm now living a normal life and I'm not embarrassed to talk to people close range anymore. Please don't give up. I hope it works for you. Also make sure to drink water frequently to prevent its return. (05/17/2009)
I have been suffering from post nasal drip for the last 3 weeks. I am currently using a nasal wash (saline), Vicks Vapour Rub, a decongestant cough syrup, garlic, C and Horseradish tablets (Nature's Own), and I have also started drinking a lot more water.
The symptoms seem to have reduced a little, but I still have the lump in my throat which is very annoying and frustrating. I find it hard to sleep sometimes, although laying down seems to make it feel a lot better than sitting up. I was using a nasal spray as well which I used for approximately 2 weeks, but I found was making me feel worse.
I find talking a lot seems to make it a lot worse as well, which makes it hard considering I work as a customer service representative. Can anyone recommend anything else for me to try? Thanks.
By Mel585 from Australia
The active ingredient is cromolin sodium, which was used in breathing treatments for asthma. Best of luck to you, but do try the doctor first if at all possible. There are many serious health problems that could be the cause of your condition. (08/17/2009)
Bring water to a boil, add ginger and cloves, steep for 10 minutes. Pour into a glass quart jar. Add lemon juice, honey, and enough water to fill the quart jar. Strain and serve hot. May also be kept chilled in fridge and heat as needed. Leaving the ginger and cloves in the lemonade increases the strength. If the pieces of ginger are large, chop in a food processor along with a few tablespoons of sugar, store in an airtight container.
*Sometimes sold as crystallized ginger. (08/21/2009)
Green phelm means infection. However in the mean time he recommended taking over the counter items to stop the drip at night (which is when mine occurs most often), lozenges during the day so you don't feel drowsy or groggy at work. Read the box at the store to find what you need. You don't need a product that covers 50 ailments just the minimum. You can take something during the day too to open the sinuses to drain and stop clogging at night, but that depends on what your issues are during the day. Hope this helps. (09/03/2009)
This usually keeps me from getting a sinus infection, which if not taken care of immediately, it then turns to bronchitis and then to pneumonia. It is very wise to go to the doc even when you just blow yellow from your nose as this means the start of a sinus upset and green simply means the infection is worse. I have also had the lump in my throat that is very annoying. Usually, once I took the antibiotics for the sinus infection, the lump also went away.
There are also a few medicines that I can't take because they cause a lump inside my throat. Most pharmacists, or their computer read-outs on a product, will tell you (under side effects) that if you feel a lump in your throat to contact your doctor immediately. Some long-term medicines can also cause this after being taken for a long time and the prescription has to be changed for a while. (09/08/2009)
By Juanita S.
I tried this and can say now that this worked absolutely fine for me. I drink 7-8 glasses of green tea a day now, but without adding milk and sugar. I want you too to try this and I am confident that it will give you at least a major relief from your cold related problems. Please remember that it will be difficult to drink green tea without sugar and milk initially, but you will definitely get used to it and it will definitely bring you results. All the best. (03/17/2010)
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
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 help.
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)
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)
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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