PND is a widely-spread disease, especially during the cold period of a year. Symptoms of post nasal drip are generally similar to the ones of a respiratory viral infection, but there are certain differences. The most characteristic symptom of post nasal drip is chronic cough, which is usually worse at night or in the morning. That’s why another name of this disease is upper airway cough symptom. Post nasal drip can also cause symptoms similar to pharyngitis and bronchitis. We will give you general recommendations how to treat post nasal drip and what steps you should take to avoid this disease.
Usually, the only way to treat post nasal dip is to treat the main disease, which was the origin of post nasal drip. In most cases treatment includes long term antibiotic therapy. In certain cases there is no other way but surgery. If post nasal drip is caused by allergy, the best way is to remove all the allergens. You should follow the calendar of flowering plants and take steps in advance to prevent damage to your health. If there is no way to keep away from allergens, you can use various nasal sprays, based on corticosteroids. It will give you temporary relief, but the effect vanishes when you stop taking this medicine. Also, there are simple recommendations that are helpful in addition to medicine:
- when you are cleaning your flat, use a facemask to prevent dust from irritating the nose and throat.
- if air in your apartment is too dry, use a humidifier.
- try to avoid smoke and other irritants.
- do not use perfumes and aerosols that can cause allergic reaction.
- drink plenty of water, it will help to make your mucus more liquid and ease the symptoms of PND.
How to Treat Post Nasal Drip at Home
If you are not going to visit a doctor or take antibiotics and steroid sprays, there are methods to treat PND based on natural remedies. The first method is to make a salt water (or soda) gargle. You need to dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt or soda in a glass of warm water and gargle your throat. This will help you remove excess mucus and reduce irritation. Even a greater effect could be reached, if you add lemon juice to the mixture (one half of a lemon will be enough). Another method is steam treatment using various herbs or oils. You will need a pot of warm water. In the pot you can add either some herbs (mint, ginger or chamomile) or some aromatic oil. Then you should place your head over the pot, cover your head with a towel and inhale steam. This inhalations help to clear your upper airways and remove the cause of PND.
Remember that prophylaxis is always better than treatment. So, if you know that you are vulnerable to virus infections of upper airways, you should better dress warmer, especially during cold periods of a year, give up unhealthy habits (like smoking and drinking alcohol) and pay more attention to such childish diseases as running nose.
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