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What will dry up post-nasal drip?

Updated April 17, 2017

Our bodies naturally produce mucus to clear bacteria and dust out of our nasal passages. However, when there is an overproduction of mucus, it drips down your throat and causes wet coughs, throat clearing and pain. There are several ways to dry up postnasal drip and neutralise the symptoms, depending on the cause of the excess mucus.

Over-the-Counter Medicines

Over-the-counter medicines such as decongestants and antihistamines can provide relief of the symptoms of postnasal drip until your body is able to fight off the cause of the problem. If you suffer from asthma, and you believe this is the cause of your postnasal drip, consult with your doctor before taking any medications that might conflict with your regular asthma medications.

Prescribed Medicines

If allergies are causing your postnasal drip, your doctor may prescribe a nasal steroid spray to help decrease the amount of mucus. Antibiotics such as azithromycin may be dispensed by a physician if you have a bacterial infection that causes postnasal drip symptoms. Keep in mind that antibiotics will not work for viral infections like the common cold. Again, please consult with a doctor and specifically ask questions about any side effects that come with steroid or antibiotic use.

Natural Remedies

Salt is a great natural remedy for drying up postnasal drip as it absorbs all moisture it comes into contact with. Mix half of 1 tsp of salt in a glass of water and gargle the mixture. Skipping cow's milk is another natural solution because lactose in cow's milk can actually stimulate the production of mucus in your throat. Drinking more fluids like water and tea will naturally flush post nasal drip out of your throat and through your digestive system.

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Based in New York City, Adrian Archer has been writing professionally since 2009. While he strives for his big break as a screenwriter, he makes his mark with health and electronics-related articles. Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from the University of North Carolina.