Sometimes a cold stays a cold. But sometimes it leads to worse things like a sore throat and when that happens, fever can kick in.
If you wake up with a sore throat, a hacking cough, or simply clearing your throat every morning — or you may just feel as if something has settled in the back of your throat, that could mean that you’ve got postnasal drip, says HowStuffWorks.
Postnasal drip happens when mucus production goes haywire and when there is an overproduction of mucus, it gives you that typical dripping sensation in the back of your throat. The mucus is clear, thin, and very runny but when it’s really bad, it can look yellow or green. This kind of mucus occurs when mucus production slows down and thickens, hanging around in the throat.
There are many over the counter meds to clear up your mucus problem but if you want something natural, try this remedy.
1. Mix 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of baking soda.
2. Get a nasal syringe and squirt the mixture into your nostril, closing off the back of your palate and your throat. Tilt your head back, forward, and to each side for eight to ten seconds in each position to get the solution through all four of your sinus cavities.
3. After you swish everything around, blow your nose.
4. Try squirting in three or four bulbs full of the solution on each side of your nose. If you don’t have a bulb syringe, you can snort the mixture out of your cupped hand.
You can try this process up to six times a day when you’re dealing with postnasal drip. If you want to avoid future problems, do it twice a day.