Well, most of the time it is. You see, our bodies produce mucus daily, which can drain down back the throat. And this is something you wouldn’t notice…usually.
It’s when mucus becomes thicker than normal that you get a runny nose or postnasal drip. Now, many things can cause postnasal drip – a cold, allergies, sinusitis, weather changes, fumes from perfumes or smoke, just to mention a few.
Keep in mind that postnasal drip can trigger a cough, or give you a sore, scratchy throat, or a painful ear infection.
Too much mucus can also cause a sinus infection. This results in headaches, fever, coughing, pressure around the nose and sinuses, and fatigue.
How to Deal with Abnormal Sinus Drainage
Now that you know how postnasal drip can sometimes develop into sinus issues, beware that antibiotics aren’t your only treatment option.
Here are five other remedies to try instead so you can get much-needed relief from sinus pain.
1. Stay Hydrated
Since thick mucus is the source of the problem, you’ll need to thin it out. One of the best ways to do this is to drink lots of fluids. Using a humidifier or vaporizer can also help.
Just make sure to keep your humidifier clean. A dirty humidifier can breed mold, which may worsen your condition.
2. Flush Your Sinuses
One way to aid sinus drainage is to use a saline solution to flush out your nasal passages. If you’ve never done one before, you can check our previous post where we talked about the different ways to flush your nasal passages.
It’s actually very easy to do. You don’t even have to buy a prepackaged saline mixture. You can make your own by dissolving a teaspoon of sea salt in a pint of distilled water.
3. Try Good Ol’ Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is good for congestion. It’s also better than plain hot water if you want to move mucus through your nose.
And while you might think it’s just a load of mumbo-jumbo, you may be surprised to know that there’s an actual study that suggests it has mild anti-inflammatory properties. Less inflammation, of course, means less sinus pain.
4. Use Warm and Cold Compresses
Alternating warm and cold compresses can help improve sinus drainage. To do this, you need to lie down and drape a warm compress across the upper half of your face. Keep it there for three minutes.
Replace with a cold compress and let it stay for 30 seconds. Repeat up to three times daily. For faster relief, do this a maximum of six times each day.
5. Talk to Your Doctor
Okay, this one is a bit of cheat as it’s not a home remedy. But you have to know there’s no substitute for sound medical advice.
If your symptoms are not improving and you’ve had sinus drainage for more than 10 days, it’s time to see a doctor. You might find more relief from undergoing a balloon sinuplasty.
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Without treatment, sinus problems can get worse. The sooner you do something about it, the faster you’ll recover.
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