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Readers Respond: What Affects Your Post Nasal Drip and How Do You Treat It

Responses: 13


Updated June 20, 2009

From the article: Post Nasal Drip
Many people suffer from post nasal drip. It can be caused by the common cold, seasonal allergies, food allergies and more. Do you have a great tip for battling post nasal drip? We'd love to hear it.

post nasal drip

I have post nasal drip as they say...what can I do for it please help
—Guest Felicia U

Post nasal drip

I usally drink a lot of water and suck on hard candies to soothe my throat. Post Nasal drip sucks but I guess it could be worse
—Guest Cait

post nasal drip

I've had post nasal drip for some years now and this seems to be getting worse. The mucus which comes out tastes salty and it dirties my tongue, leaving some sort of sour taste in my mouth which makes me to brush most often. Lastly I seem to have some odor in my mouth which my friends tells me its not a bad odor. I would be grateful if you could help me on this. Also, I'm from Ghana.
—Guest Emmanuel

Dairy is my arch-enemy!

I noticed a slight sensitivity to dairy in my teens. It started w digestive issues. Over time I noticed a massive buildup of mucus in the back of my throat, constant dripping, even having a "cold" year round. After going on a date in my early twenties and having both digestive issues and the sinus issues following a milkshake I realized it was all connected. Over the past few years I've tried to pull all dairy from my diet. My doctors have all said tests show no allergy, but at this point even a bag of Doritos is enough to set me up for 2 months of constant battling with post nasal drip. I've built up such resistance to remedies. Neti pots, homeopathic tablets, Asian organic teas, over the counter drugs, nothing works. Benadryl makes me groggy while I wake every 2 seconds throughout the night to cough out itchy phlegm drips. Here's my solution: ask before eating, read all ingredient labels. If its normally cooked w cheese, most likely there's cheese in it. Stay alert. Dairy sucks!
—Guest Remnant - MI

Ugh, nasal drip

Is it possible to get a bad sore throat and a headache from post nasal drip?
—Guest Joseph

Bee Proplis

I find that bee proplis helps with my nasal drip.
—Guest Esther

Bad Allergies

I have really bad allergies and chronic post nasal drip year round. If I forget my allergy medication, even just for one day, I get sick to my stomach and get a bad headache. So my best remedy is to take my Zyrtec every day! When I start to get even more congested (like I'm getting a cold), I used saline spray and rinse my sinuses. It is so effective at helping to manage the mucous and always makes me feel better immediately.
—Guest Kristi


I am horrible about living mostly on sodas, so I am chronically slightly dehydrated. The condition worsens when I drink alcohol, especially at night, setting me up for a nasty attack of post nasal drip in the morning. Since mine is usually from dehydration, I find that drinking plenty of water generally helps. I like chewing gum or sucking on mints also, to get the saliva flowing.

Dust and Dander are Culprits

Breathing the purest air possible helps. Air purifiers in home and office do help keep the sinus passages clear of contaminants.
—Guest lila

Neti Pot

My post nasal drip is the first sign that I am run down. I immediately break out the Neti pot and more often than not, I break the cycle of getting sick. My kids think it is weird but they see that I am not sick all the time like I used to be.
—Guest ellieC

Stay Away from Dairy Products

Some people suffer from post nasal drip if they're allergic to dairy products. To find out, try staying away from milk and all milk products like cheese, ice cream and even yogurt. If this helps, you know you've got an allergy to milk. btw, there are lots of great non-dairy "milks" on the market. You can find them at your health food store or some supermarkets: rice milk, almond milk, soy milk , etc. --Singing is my hobby, and I have to stay away from all dairy when I have lessons/student recitals. A fellow student came to class one day and she had just enjoyed a milk-based smoothie. She complained of a clogged throat and stuffy sinuses, and she swore she'd never drink a milk product before singing.

Post-Nasal Drip Sucks--So I Do, Too!

When I get post-nasal drip and it's threatening to make my throat sore, I end up sucking on losenges (especially the homeopathic ones) or drinking a lot of water. It soothes my throat.
—Guest Elizabeth

Benadryl to the Rescue

I follow many of the tips you shared in your article and I also take Benadryl at night. Avoiding milk and staying hydrated are the two best defenses during the day.
—Guest Connie G.

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