How to Stop Sinus Drainage in the Throat


Authored by Deborah Dera in Diseases
Published on 10-04-2009

Those suffering from allergies or chronic sinus conditions know how annoying and bothersome continuous sinus drainage into the throat can be. Sometimes it feels as though you are drowning in a sea of your own mucus. There are a few things you can do to stop sinus draining in the throat, whether you experience this condition on a regular basis or are merely suffering from an acute cold or illness.

Identify the Cause of your Sinus Drainage Problems

Believe it or not, in many cases simply identifying the cause of your sinus drainage problems is the first and most effective step toward finding a cure. If you are suffering from a simple head cold or virus you may be able to take measures to control your symptoms until you shake your illness. If you have sinus drainage as a result of an allergy, on the other hand, you may be able to take action to eliminate the triggers in your environment (pet dander, laundry detergent, flowers, etc) so that the sinus drainage stops altogether.

Avoid Spicy Foods

Spicy foods are supposed to be good for you, right? In the case of sinus drainage, this is not the case. Spicy foods contribute to the activation of your sinuses and will actually promote excess drainage. Avoid spicy foods until you are feeling better and you’ll notice a significant decrease in the amount of mucous draining to your throat.

Drink Plenty of Water

Make sure you are getting the daily recommended allowance of water (or non-caffeinated beverage) each day. Staying hydrated will actually help to reduce the amount of mucous that drains into your throat. Drinking water will also help to thin whatever mucous is there, making it easier for you to move it out of your throat comfortably.

Over the Counter Antihistamines

You may have success in stopping sinus drainage in your throat by simply taking an over-the-counter antihistamine product. There are several different types available, including the well-known Benadryl. Make sure you check with your doctor before adding any type of medication to you regular routine. He or she will be able to determine if an antihistamine is right for you, if an antihistamine will interfere or react with any other medications you may be taking, or if there is a more suitable alternative for your particular situation.

Sinus Irrigation

One of the best ways to clear up sinus drainage is to practice sinus irrigation. Sinus irrigation can be done in one of two ways. Some people prefer to shoot a mixture of water and saline into the sinus cavity, allowing it to cleanse the cavity and drain right back out of the nose.

Others prefer using a gentler method of sinus irrigation by incorporating a product known as a neti pot. When using a neti pot you will mix a solution of warm water and saline into a small pot. You’ll insert the tip of the pot into one nostril and then tilt your head slightly so that your sinuses can gently fill with the solution. As they fill, the water will gently drain out the other side of your nose. The trick to using a neti pot is to continue breathing through your mouth throughout the entire process. If you forget to breathe the fluid will drain down your throat instead of out your nose.

There are several things you can do to stop sinus drainage in your throat. Try one or two and don’t be discouraged if you don’t find the one that’s right for you right off the bat. Keep searching and you’ll eventually find the solution that is perfect for you and your body.


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