In an abbreviated form, Post Nasal Drip is also called PND. Post Nasal Drip is a condition where the nasal mucosa (mucous lining in the nasal cavity) releases access mucous, which if not expelled accumulates in the back of the nose or throat. The presence of mucus in abundance causes a feeling of dripping down the back of the throat, congestion in the throat, itching of the throat, coughing, and a constant need to clear the throat.
Nasal mucosa releases mucus to keep nasal cavities moist to trap foreign particles like dust, pollen and any other foreign matter. When foreign particles are not filtered through the nose and enters into the respiratory system they can cause severe respiratory problems. Mucus assists in combating such respiratory problems but when excess nasal mucosa is released it is called Post Nasal Drip or Upper Airway Cough Syndrome.
The accumulation of mucus in the back of the throat and nose may also cause swelling and bleeding in the nose (nasal cavity). A person suffering from Post Nasal Drip often feels the need to drain the excess mucus, which feels like they have a cold, but in fact, this is not cold.
Symptoms of Post Nasal Drip may include the following:
A constant need to clear one’s throat
Halitosis (bad breath)
An excessively sore throat that is not caused by a cold
Nausea or vomiting
If Post Nasal Drip is left untreated, it could lead to other more serious conditions such as an ear infection or bronchitis.
A Person suffering from Post Nasal Drip may also complain about having Halitosis (bad breath) due to mucus being high in protein. Bad breath can be easily treated if it is caused by Post Nasal Drip. By controlling mucus production, bad breath is eliminated.
Sinus headache occurs when a sinus infection causes swelling and inflammation to the sinus membrane. This then results in a feeling of pressure and pain around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes.
The causes of Sinus Headache
Persons prone to respiratory conditions such as colds or flu, hay fever etc. are likely to experience frequent sinus headache each time they suffer from such respiratory conditions.
Physical conditions such as surgeries on the nose may lead to persistent inflammation of the sinuses.
Sensitivity to environmental factors like sensitivity to dust, smoke, and pollen can trigger sinus headaches
Mucus build-up due to inflammation of the sinus membrane
Flu infection or a cold
The symptoms of Sinus Headache
Pain and pressure in the cheeks, gums, forehead, head, and around the eyes area
Inability to taste food, combined with a cough or fever
Suffering a sinus infection that lasts for days and weeks and is also accompanied by sinus headaches
Achy feeling in the upper teeth
Fever and chills
Nasal pressure or congestion
Yellow or green discharge
Sinus headaches that tend to get worse as you bend forward or lie down
Treating Sinus Headache
In order to treat a sinus headache, you have to know what’s causing it. Also, a major difference between a sinus headache and other headaches like migraines is that a sinus headache is not usually accompanied by vomiting or nausea. A diagnosis from a doctor may be necessary.
Ever heard your nose grows throughout life… imagine if this statement were actually true!
Our noses do not grow every year up until we gracefully expire but rather gravity takes a hold of our noses, dragging them downwards. This means that our noses do not grow but may seem larger due to gravities endless pull on them.
As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to deteriorate resulting in a loss of skin tone and strength. With a decrease in elasticity, our noses are pulled down and less able to withstand the pull of gravity.
With this said, how does gravity affect the normal flow of nasal mucus? If gravity pulls the nose downwards, this may have an effect on the ostia or exit ways for nasal mucus to drain, decreasing the diameter and size of these essential holes. Less drainage means more mucus accumulation and stagnation and the start of sinusitis.
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Have you even wondered what smoking does to your sinuses, you don’t have to look far… just look at the filter at the end of the cigarette. This filter is covered in black or brown gunk which provides a clear indication of what’s happening to a person’s lungs and sinuses.
The lining of the nose and sinuses is the same as the lining in the lung which has cilia (tiny hair-like structures), that clean the nose, sinuses, and lungs of airborne particulate matter, bacteria and mucous. When one smokes the cilia lining the nose, sinuses and lungs stop working which predisposes the smoker to increased infections of the lungs and sinuses.
Normally, all that mucus travels to the back of your throat and you swallow it. When the cilia are damaged and stop moving the mucus out, it backs up in the sinuses and bacteria start to multiply there.
The weaker the sinuses become, the greater the impact it will have on a person. The sinuses become more congested and more blocked due to the mucus membranes becoming irritated and inflamed causing more build up of mucous. This can then lead to a sinus infection with pain, headache, pressure, congestion, a runny nose, difficulty breathing and a reduced sense of smell.
Exposure to a secondhand smoke appears to be one of the factors that predispose you to Chronic Sinusitis with more people diagnosed with it after being exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can have the same affect on your nose, sinuses, and lungs as it does on a primary smoke and has been linked to snoring, respiratory infections, and ear infections in children. Smoking is not just bad for your health, but also for people living around you.
Under normal circumstances, glands in the nose and the throat routinely produce one to two quarts of mucus per day. This mucus functions to moisten and clean the nasal membranes, humidifies air and traps and clears inhaled foreign particles. It is however excess mucus that can pose a problem as it can accumulate and cause a backward flow of mucus down the throat. Pregnant women are more susceptible to developing post nasal drip as a result of hormone fluctuations and will usually experience an uncomfortable condition of severe nasal congestion and rhinitis which can occur anytime during pregnancy and can last for the entire pregnancy.
During the first trimester, women experience hormonal changes that can cause swelling of the linings of the nose. This can result in congestion that may lead to complete nasal obstruction in severe cases.
The symptoms may differ from one pregnant woman to another. Some may experience sneezing, coughing, a runny nose (Rhinorrhea), facial pressure and headaches. Treatment of post nasal drip during pregnancy will depend on the severity of the above mentioned symptoms, as any use of medication for treatment during pregnancy should be well researched and where necessary, advised by a Physician.
Alternatively, in order to reduce the swelling of the linings of the nose a saline nasal rinse can be performed using salt water to rinse the nose; this often helps pregnant women maintain open nasal airways.
A steamy shower room can help relieve congestion as the expectant mother feels the effects of steam inhalation; just ensure the water is not hot as it can burn the skin and at times steam may cause shortness of breath.