9. Drink More Water
Increasing your fluid intake will help thin the mucus and promote quick recovery. It will also keep your body and nasal passages well hydrated. Dehydration can aggravate your symptoms and make the condition even worse.
- Drink an ample amount of water throughout the day. For best results, drink warm water.
- You can even drink hot lemonade, green tea, chicken soup, vegetable soup and broths.
Avoid caffeine, alcohol and soda, which can cause dehydration.
Note: If you have kidney-related problems, consult your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.
10. Increase Vitamin C Intake
When suffering from post-nasal drip, it is important to eat more vitamin C-rich foods. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system and builds resistance to various kinds of infections.
It also helps lower the production of histamine in your body which is involved in allergic reactions.
- Eat more vitamin C-rich foods like lemons, oranges, bell peppers, kiwis, berries, dark leafy greens, broccoli, tomatoes, and papayas.
- You can also take vitamin C supplements. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.
- Blow your nose frequently to remove excess mucus from the nasal cavity
- Use a tissue to blow your nose, and throw your used tissues away immediately.
- Wash your hands after blowing your nose.
- Get plenty of rest for a few days to help your body recover quickly.
- Maintain adequate humidity inside your house.
- Stay away from possible allergens that may be aggravating your condition.
- Steer clear of smog and other pollutants.
- Avoid cigarette smoke, or quit smoking.
- Suck on menthol candies or lozenges to soothe an irritated throat.
- Stay away from some dairy products, including milk and ice cream, as they can trigger post-nasal drip.
- Keep your house clean by vacuuming and dusting a couple times a week.