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    Post-nasal drip

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    I am trying to get rid of my Post-nasal drip. I have been on paleo for 5 months, and typically don't have phlegm. Any ideas to get rid of it without taking allergy medications??

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    Post-nasal drip is either your sinuses malfunctioning or a reaction to something. You'll need to find out the cause before you can treat it effectively.
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    Are you doing any dairy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twa2w View Post
    Are you doing any dairy?
    I second this. Dairy will clog your sinuses in a heartbeat.

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    Nope no dairy

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    Well that's good, although that's the easy solution off the table.. My next step would be, eat lots of vitamin C. Pineapple might help you out. If you drink coffee, try doing without it for a couple days and drink green tea w/lemon instead. It could just be the fact that it's getting colder, in which case there's not much to do but learn to live with it (at least for me, since I don't trust medications...designed to sell product, not heal you...plants on the other hand...)

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    Investigate histamine intolerance. That worked for me. There is no allergy.
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    If not doing dairy, any other potentially inflammatory foods? If so, try cutting them out and see what happens.

    For me, much of my sinus issue is related to weather changes and barometric pressure.

    I find saline nasal irrigation to be helpful (pulsatile, especially, but any sort is better than nothing for me), to varying degrees.

    If you do need to resort to meds, there are steroid-free antihistamine nasal sprays that dry up post-nasal drip but don't have the same systemic effects as oral antihistamines. If nothing else is helping, I find these sometimes prevent a progression of illness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aventurine View Post
    If not doing dairy, any other potentially inflammatory foods? If so, try cutting them out and see what happens.

    For me, much of my sinus issue is related to weather changes and barometric pressure.

    I find saline nasal irrigation to be helpful (pulsatile, especially, but any sort is better than nothing for me), to varying degrees.

    If you do need to resort to meds, there are steroid-free antihistamine nasal sprays that dry up post-nasal drip but don't have the same systemic effects as oral antihistamines. If nothing else is helping, I find these sometimes prevent a progression of illness.
    + 1 in my experience on your first two points. Sudden changes in temperature when switching between indoors/outdoors induce chronic catarrh for me. I also have found that cutting down on inflammatory foods in general has eased my symptoms significantly.

    I find quercetin and caffeine powerful natural antihistamines. I'm interested in the steroid-free antihistamine nasal sprays that you mention - details would be much appreciated.
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