Common cold and its allied symptoms create havoc in the course of our lives. Be it an early morning Zoom meeting or book reading to kids at night, when sore throat, headache, cough, and post nasal drip strikes, all plans go for a toss. There is a myriad of choices available to effectively address these symptoms. However, they remain a roadblock when the common cold charade shows up at your immunity’s door.
What is post nasal drip?
Post nasal drip is excess mucus that goes down to the back of the throat to cause coughs and congestion. They are common when you have a cold and sinusitis. This could be due to allergies, rhinitis, sinus infections, cold temperatures, chemical irritants, dry air, and many other reasons. The stumbling block is not the production of mucus but the fact that it is not removed from the nasal tract.
Symptoms of post nasal drip:
- Sore throat
- Excessive mucus in the throat
- Nausea due to excess mucus in the stomach
- Running/blocked nose
- Foul breath
- Coughing spasms
Breathe healthy without post nasal drip:
It is advisable to treat these symptoms early at home and prevent discomfort from escalating. Post nasal drip home remedies are easy and go a long way to alleviate the uneasiness caused. Try these effective home remedies for immediate comfort.
1. Vapours to the rescue
This is the primary option to be considered to treat a post nasal drip. Vapors or steam when inhaled can help unclog our respiratory tracts. While inhaling, use facilitators of respiratory passage for better breathing and thus multiplying the effectiveness. This method is most effective in treating sinus infections.
RespoLite, a respiratory protectant tonic created with the goodness of Eucalyptus and Methanol is recommended for vaporization. It is easy to use by pouring a few drops in hot water and inhaling deeply.
Studies prove that a combination of Eucalyptus and Menthol has been the best with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
This helps in humidifying the nasal passage, relax muscles, and removes mucus clogs. Increased humidity in the nasal passage thins out the mucus. Thus, it clears the passage. This product is not reserved to a post nasal drip remedy but it is also effective in reducing the headache due to sinus infection. Hence, this product is a holy grail for acute sinus infection relief.
Several over the counter medications are also available to address post nasal drip symptoms that dry out the mucus. For instance, antihistamines for allergies or simple nasal sprays. Each of these is effective in their own ways depending on the cause of the symptoms.
2. The gentle touch of naturotherapy
When considering post nasal drip remedies at home, one cannot ignore naturotherapy and its benefits. These are the easiest to put to use and often work as a preventive measure against the condition. Avoiding allergens is the most important. Drinking juices and enough water can thin the secretions. Naturotherapy suggests taking herbs that fight infection. Yoga is another effective method suggested by advocates of naturopathy and has been proven effective. Naturotherapy also suggests several massage techniques that give you immense relief.
3. Breathing exercises for relief
The respiratory system is aided by muscles that help us to breathe effectively. While we cannot directly clean our lungs or nasal passages, we can practice breathing exercises that will keep our system active. There are several breathing exercises such as deep, co-ordinated, paced, alternative breathing, and others.
Here’s a look at how to practice diaphragm breathing, an easy exercise particularly beneficial for those hard-pressed for workout time.
1. Lie down or sit straight and place one hand each on your heart and stomach.
2. Draw in a deep breath through your nose and hold it for 5 seconds.
3. If you feel your chest expand and your stomach goes in, then you are performing the exercise correctly.
4. Repeat the exercise five times each day for healthy lungs.
The emphasis now lies in keeping ourselves healthy with home remedies and treatments being the best choice. Remember, a healthy nose leads to healthy breathing. Try these harmless and effective post nasal drip remedies and unclog your life. Nonetheless, consult a doctor when the symptoms persist for more than a week. Share your experience with us in the comments below.
Disclaimer: As much as TCT supports the natural and alternative remedies for treatment we request our readers to consult a doctor if the problem persists.
by Sharanya Munsi