Post nasal drip is mucus that may have bacteria, viruses or fungi in it such as candida. When you are coughing up phlegm or mucus and sometimes you swallow it. But when it is swallowed it can affect your overall health as well as the health of your intestinal tract. But as well as this being a source of candida infection in the intestines, candida can also be the cause of post nasal drip.
Common causes of post nasal drip
Allergies – If post nasal drip is a common problem for you it could be caused by allergies that have not yet been identified. These allergies could be of foods you eat or something around you in your environment. It is quite possible you are having a delayed reaction to something as sometimes a reaction can take place weeks after the food that caused it was eaten. Allergies cause the nasal passages and sinus cavities to make a lot of mucus and since it cannot drain out of the nasal passages sometimes, it flows down the back of the throat.
The problem is what the mucus contains. Post nasal drip and candida organisms are something that some people have a real problem with. The Post nasal drip and candida can lodge in various membranes, as it passes down the throat, esophagus, stomach and then causing problems in the intestinal tract. Therefore identifying and dealing allergies is important not just for the sake of relieving the symptoms but also for preventing candida infection.
90% of people have candida growing in them, but it is usually controlled by the immune system and good bacteria, which prevent it from growing into numbers that cause health problems. If that defense system is disrupted candida can be the cause of a wide range of health issues and symptoms, from digestive problems to respiration problems and this can lead to post nasal drip.
Patients on antibiotics are more at risk because these kill the good bacteria that hold the candida in check. Other triggers can be too much sugar and processed foods in your diet. Post nasal drip and candida need to be dealt with in order to get complete relief. Look to root causes rather than quick treatments, and identify any and all allergies you may have.
What to do with Post nasal drip
- When you can spit out the mucus, it is much healthier, just find somewhere you can do discreetly and where it can be washed away.
- Identify your allergies and try to avoid situations that stimulate them.
- Try over the counter or natural allergy products to help clear out the mucus.
- Identify the root cause of candida overgrowth and deal with it.