Post Nasal Drip Bad Breath: Tips On How to Get Rid Of Halitosis
Post nasal drip occurs when excessive mucus (a thick substance that moistens your nose, throat and stomach as well as traps and destroys foreign particles such as viruses and bacteria) is produced and further accumulated at the back of your nose or throat. Usually, it’s a minor occurrence that may disappear sooner or later, but it can also be a signal of a more serious medical condition like sinusitis, rhinitis or some kind of infection. Unfortunately, post nasal drip may be also responsible for another inconvenient condition called halitosis, also referred to as bad breath.
What Is Halitosis & How Can It Result From Post Nasal Drip
Halitosis, or bad breath, is a condition of having an unpleasant breath smell that other people notice when you breathe out or especially speak. Usually, when you experience bad breath, the smell comes from a build-up of bacteria within the mouth (in food debris, in the coating of the back of the tongue, or in gum disease). As a rule, good oral hygiene, like regular teeth brushing, cleaning the tongue and between the teeth, and mouthwashes is enough to solve the problem, but if the condition is persistent, then your halitosis may result from post nasal drip. Why does it happen?
Having post nasal drip means having your glands in the nose and throat produce excessive and thick bacteria-containing mucus that can cause halitosis. Post nasal drip bad breath is a very common and rater irritating symptom, which, luckily, can be cured if specific steps are followed.
How to Treat Post Nasal Drip Bad Breath
- Drink plenty of fluids (water and tea) to get rid of bad breath. For example, water cleanses your mouth and throat of mucus, making your post nasal drip symptoms, bad breath included, disappear.
- Take over-the-counter decongestant or antihistamine to reduce the production of mucus in your nose and throat.
- Use a humidifier to humidify the air in your home. Moistening the air will help to prevent post nasal drip and bad breath.
- Don’t eat spicy foods that can aggravate your nasal secretions, thus leading to bad breath.
- Cleans out bad smell causing mucus and bacteria by brushing your teeth and tongue and flossing every day.
- Eat mint every time you have a bad breath (stimulates saliva production and cleanses your mouth).
- Irrigate your nose 2-3 times per day to break up thick mucus secretions.
- Use over-the-counter saline nasal spray to moisten your nasal passages & break up any nasal secretions.
- If you have persistent bad breath that results from post nasal drip, visit your doctor’s office.