Post Nasal Drip
Post nasal drip is a medical condition, characterized by inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, accompanied by the phenomenon when mucus, collected in the cavity of the nose, trickles down the back wall of the gullet into the tracheobronchial tree, causing the cough reflex. The cough is, truly, one of the most annoying side effects of the condition. As a matter of fact, any inflammatory process in the upper respiratory tract is characterized by the mucus drip down the back of the throat into the laryngopharynx.
But the effect depends on the position of the human body. When you are in a horizontal position, the secreted phlegm drips into the areas, which stimulate cough. Whereas, in a vertical position that doesn’t happen. The mucus is secreted, of course, but you swallow it responsively, preventing irritation of the receptors, responsible for the coughing reflex. That’s why trying to relieve annoying cough in this situation, first of all, just try to change the position of your body.
Why Does Post Nasal Drip Occur?
The condition is most often the manifestation of otorhinolaryngological diseases, such as different kinds of rhinitis (vasomotor, allergic, post-infectious, medicamentous, professional, etc.) or sinusitis (bacterial, allergic, fungal.)
The problem in the given condition is often mistaken for chronic bronchitis. A thorough examination of the upper respiratory tract organs, X-ray and characteristic symptoms of the mucus, dripping down the back wall of the gullet are required to diagnose the disorder. The cough, accompanying this condition, is typically dry but according to the patients’ complaints it’s characterized as productive due to the phlegm expectoration.
How to Treat Post Nasal Drip?
1. To get rid of the irritating condition, you certainly need to treat the underlying disease. Allergic rhinitis, for instance, requires steroid and antibiotic therapies. Sometimes a surgery is needed in order to restore the normal anatomy of the cavities in the nose and proper aerodynamics in them.
2. Some simple things you can do at home to relieve your condition, are:
- keeping humidity high;
- avoiding allergens;
- staying hydrated;
- using salty water gargles with a pinch of baking soda to get rid of excessive mucus.
The measures you are taking in order to relieve your condition should be aimed at clearing your respiratory tract off the phlegm. Consult your doctor about proper and efficient methods of treatment in your case.