What are the Most Effective Cures for Post-Nasal Drip?

Madeleine A.

Some of the most effective cures for post-nasal drip are antihistamines and allergy medications. Antibiotics can also be useful when symptoms are related to bacterial infections. Typically, post-nasal drip causes mucus to run down the throat, and produces constant throat clearing, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes, an upset stomach. In addition to infection, post-nasal drip can be caused by allergies, hay fever, and eating spicy foods.

Regularly blowing the nose may help prevent the dripping of nasal mucus into the throat.
Regularly blowing the nose may help prevent the dripping of nasal mucus into the throat.

Before a successful treatment plan can be put into place, the exact cause of the post-nasal drip needs to be determined. This can sometimes be difficult, and the condition is often chronic and resistant to common remedies. Medical professionals will sometimes refer the patient to an allergist if traditional treatments do not work.

Post-nasal drip often causes a sore throat and constant throat clearing.
Post-nasal drip often causes a sore throat and constant throat clearing.

Antihistamines are widely prescribed as effective cures for post-nasal drip. They work by counteracting the body's reaction to allergens, helping to prevent the body from overproducing mucus that could drip down the throat. Although antihistamines can relieve congestion, they may also cause a dry mouth, urinary retention, sleepiness, and morning grogginess. Decongestants may also be used, since they can also reduce nasal inflammation and mucus production. These medications may cause palpitations, restlessness, and insomnia, however.

Gargling with warm salt water may help cure post-nasal drip.
Gargling with warm salt water may help cure post-nasal drip.

When allergies are the culprit in post-nasal drip, allergy medications are often recommended. These medications help the patient become desensitized to known allergens, which can help relieve symptoms. Allergy suffers often have this chronic condition throughout their lives, however, so it's difficult to treat post-nasal drip caused by them.

Allergy related post-nasal drip is typically caused by outdoor plants.
Allergy related post-nasal drip is typically caused by outdoor plants.

A disturbing complaint of those who suffer from post-nasal drip is gastrointestinal distress and nausea, which occurs when mucus is swallowed. Over-the-counter antacids are usually helpful in relieving stomach symptoms, but when nausea persists, a patient should talk to a medical professional.

Nasal sinus infections are sometimes triggered by bacteria or another pathogen.
Nasal sinus infections are sometimes triggered by bacteria or another pathogen.

Certain people are susceptible to the effects of spicy foods on the sinuses. For these individuals, eating hot and spicy foods can trigger the sinuses to produce excess mucus and post-nasal drip, which can last for many hours. When the offending foods are eliminated from the diet, however, symptoms generally go away.

Antihistamines can help treat post-nasal drip by drying us excess mucus and reducing swelling.
Antihistamines can help treat post-nasal drip by drying us excess mucus and reducing swelling.

Although there are no permanent cures for post-nasal drip, there are effective treatments that are useful in relieving or reducing symptoms. A medical professional can best recommend a treatment plan based on the cause of the condition and whether the patient will be able to tolerate the side effects.

Antihistamines to treat post-nasal drip may cause sleepiness.
Antihistamines to treat post-nasal drip may cause sleepiness.
Morning grogginess is possible after taking an antihistamine for post-nasal drip.
Morning grogginess is possible after taking an antihistamine for post-nasal drip.
Some individuals may experience nausea from post-nasal drip.
Some individuals may experience nausea from post-nasal drip.

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anon158371

Are there no long term solutions to PND perhaps surgically?

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