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Post nasal drip always tend to lead to a sore throat, well at least in my case if I don't nip it in the bud sooner than later.
It usually rears its head when mucus continue to drain from the sinuses. If the sinuses are not cleared either by blowing the nose, by using the neti pot or a times for me a decongestant, it will tend to get worse leading to that sore throat which then sometimes lead to hoarseness and then to a lost voice, which has happened to me.
If the mucus continues to build without being cleared, it could lead to a stomach ache from post nasal drip as well.
Yes, I know sounds crazy but so many experience having an upset stomach from mucus including myself.
When I first notice that I'm getting a sore
throat, these are some of the steps that I take:
Tackling that drip issue can help prevent your sore throat as well as awful stomach pain.
Kiddos get sore throats too! Tackle the soreness before it starts.
Definitely not a fun feeling to have a stomach ache from post nasal drip, ugh!
For me, I find that the neti pot works best because it flushes my sinuses and aides tremendously with both allergy relief and mucus relief.
It gets down deep into my sinuses which allows me to blow out the mucus that was "stuck" within my sinuses.
After the mucus comes out, I tend to pass a bit of gas (I know so weird) but when this happens, my stomach feels so better. Yay! Hallelujah!
If you do not want to try the neti pot just yet,you can just start with a saline spray.
Once you use the spray, try to blow your nose.
If mucus still does not come out, trying a neti pot may work.
Well for starters everything is connected,
which means if you have mucus draining into your throat, you probably have mucus that is accumulating in your ears as well.
This also may be the case for you. If you find that your ear is starting to fill up, clear it up immediately and hopefully you will not have to deal with the dreadful post nasal effect.
If it's blocked, then it could be too late. You will probably need to pay a visit to your doc to receive ear drops and/or possibly antibiotics to clear it up.
Also, when I feel off balanced occasionally in the mornings, I notice that one of my ears may be more affected than the other by having more mucus accumulation. If you are feeling dizzy, always contact your physician but in my case its because of mucus in my ear. Read more about my experience.
Additionally, think about going to see an allergist.
I discovered for myself that always having a blocked ear or ears was one of many symptoms of food allergies as well as seasonal allergies.
Why? Because anything the body rejects, the body goes into attack mode causing excess mucus production to begin.
If you find yourself in a situation which I have often been in, where the mucus reaches your stomach (or is released in excess when you eat something) and doesn't seem to move even with using a neti pot. You know that feeling of being full also mixed with bloating. Omg...ugh! Let me share what has worked for me but first ..
Please, please keep in mind that everyone is different and it may take a little bit of this and a little bit of that to find what works best for you but please remember to be patient with yourself and listen to your body. If you're cool with that, allow me to share five things that tend to help me.