Although this statistic may be gross to some, people generally produce about two quarts of mucus through their nose and throat on a daily basis. This mucus is used to help keep the areas moist and clean by preventing a buildup of bacteria and other particles. Most often, this mucus gets swallowed without being apparent. However, many people experience a thickening of this mucus or have a hard time swallowing. This can lead to post-nasal drip: a condition in which a person feels the mucus collecting or constantly running down the back of their throat.
It’s not just people with colds or respiratory tract infections that experience post-nasal drip. Some people experience it round-the-clock and have no idea why. Post-nasal drip can be caused by a large number of things, ranging from allergies to bright lights. Post-nasal drip can lead to a number of other symptoms. While these usually aren’t serious, they can be uncomfortable. Things like a mild cough (more intense in the morning or in the evening), a sore throat, and a tickling sensation in your throat can all accompany post-nasal drip.
If you’ve been experiencing post-nasal drip for some time and you’re wondering how you can put an end to this irritating problem, then you should try some home remedies before going to the doctor. Since post-nasal drip generally doesn’t indicate a serious health concern, you won’t risk developing a serious condition while you experiment with some of the home remedies listed in this article.
Home Remedy #1: Hydration
Hydration might not completely eliminate your post-nasal drip, but it can certainly make it less uncomfortable. If you become dehydrated, chances are that your mucus will become much thicker. Thicker mucus moves a lot slower, and it can become much more apparent that you’re struggling with post-nasal drip if you’re dehydrated.
On the flip-side, drinking enough water can loosen up and dilute the mucus so that it passes down the back of your throat a lot easier.