During normal bodily function each day, the lining of the nose, throat, airways, stomach and the intestinal tract are known to produce around 1 to 2 quarts of mucus. Mucus is a thick and wet substance that helps to moisten the areas above and also helps to trap and destroy foreign invaders like bacteria.
On some days, the body may cause mucus production to increase therefore leading to a running nose. When the mucus starts to run towards the back of the nose to the throat, this is called postnasal drip.
Causes of Postnasal Drip
There are several things that trigger post nasal drip and some of them include colds, the flu, allergies, inflammation of the sinuses, pregnancy, medications like birth control pills and objects getting stuck in the nose especially in children.
Other causes include deviated septum which is the abnormal placement of the wall which separates the two nostrils, changing weather pattern, certain foods and fumes which are generated by perfumes, cleaning products and smoke.
Experts have also discovered that the problem may not arise as a result of mucus overproduction but rather from the lack of proper clearance. Other causes can be swallowing problems, which can lead to the build up of liquids in the throat.
ENT Birmingham – Treatment for Postnasal Drip
For an effective treatment plan it’s a good idea to visit an Ear Nose and Throat doctor as this is their area of expertise.
Your treatment plan will greatly depend on the cause of the problem. For example, a bacterial infection will be treated with antibiotics. However, the use of antihistamines and decongestants will help to eliminate the problem if the infection arises from sinusitis and viral infections.
Using mucus thinning medication, saline nasal sprays, turning on a vaporizer, covering your bed with dust mite proof covers, washing your sheets regularly, dusting and vacuuming your home regularly are other helpful ways to eliminate post nasal drip problems.
Call Shelby Ear Nose and Throat Associates if you’re looking for an ENT Doctor in Birmingham, Shelby County, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera or Hoover at (205) 621-8900.