Your Health Remedy: What is POSTNASAL DRIP?

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What is Postnasal Drip?

Postnasal drip is when the nose and sinuses produce too much mucous. The body produces mucous to help push out germs and other irritants; therefore, postnasal drip is often due to allergens if chronic or bacterial infection if acute.

Common Symptoms:
mucus in the throat, nasal congestion, sore throat, constant wiping of nose, couching or clearing throat

Naturopathic Treatments:

  • The first thing that needs to be addressed is the bedroom ( bedding). Often times, old mattresses, pillows and bedding are the sole culprits. It is best to replace them and wash bedding regularly ( at least one time a week).
  • I often suggest to people to keep their bedrooms a sanctuary where no dirty shoes or clothes are present. Laundry hampers are in the bathroom and dirty shoes taken off outside.
  • Allergy tests: environmental and food ( both IgE and IgG) are recommended if symptoms do not get better.
  • N-acetylcysteine ( NAC), a form of the amino acid, cysteine, has shown good benefits by breaking down mucous and dissolving it. dosage: take a couple caps in the morning.
  • Most importantly, drink plenty of water.

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Do You Have a Cold or Allergy: How to Learn the Difference

Do you have a cold or allergy?  Hard to decipher especially this time of year; It can be very hard to distinguish between them  but there are some true tale signs.

The Common Cold

Or commonly known as a upper respiratory tract infection. Unfortunately, viruses ( and maybe some bacteria) that cause the common cold are constantly bettering themselves making it quite difficult for humans to build up an immune resistance to them all. However, on the flip side, our immune systems, if strong, can fight these germs off fast and swiftly ( with maybe just a day in bed).

Symptoms:

  • slight headache
  • nasal congestion
  • slight fever
  • possible cough
  • sore scratchy throat

Treatment:

Usually one day of rest, lots of fluids will prevent days of illness.

Lesson to be learned: if you feel sick get to bed with a glass of water or a cup of tea.

The Spring Allergy

With a chronic exposure to one or many foreign substances ( from pollen to dust)  that may irritate nasal passages, throats etc, our immune system has two possible courses of action:

1. An exaggerated immune response where the immune system goes into overdrive, working very hard to eliminate the allergen.

2. Normal immune response where the allergen is eliminated.

In the case of the exaggerated response, a cascade of chemical events will occur with in the immune system and ending with the release of histamine from the mast cells. Histamine is what causes most allergic symptoms, and is the body’s outward way of saying,”I need help!”

Symptoms:

  • the real key symptom is itchiness: nose, throat, skin and eyes
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • loss of smell and/or taste
  • post nasal drip

Treatments:

If in an acute situation, sometimes having a hot shower can help relief the symptoms.

The key is to find out what is triggering the allergy ( be a detective), doing your best to stay away from it and keeping your immune system strong and healthy.

To do some preventing, I suggest to people to make their bedroom a complete sanctuary – meaning all dirty clothes are taken off before you enter the room, keep animals out and wash you pillows and bed linens very regularly.

Vitamin C and quercitin are great mast cell stabilizers, so taking these regularly might be of great help.

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