Winter is about the hit hard and you should be prepared for what it brings. While the cold spreads throughout the area, illness such as flue, common cold and nasal drips become far too common. No body like a runny nose. It is irritating to suffer from and annoying to look at. However, they can be easily treated at home without using any expensive medicine.You might not know that your body produces about a litre of mucus on a daily basis to keep you throat and nose moist. Mucus also helps to clear out foreign material from the nose and throat. You swallow the mucus throughout the day without paying any heed to it.
The reason why runny nose or nasal drips are common in the winter is because the cold causes the mucus to thicken which makes it hard to swallow and thus it starts to drip down the nose. Nasal drip are also caused due to head colds, allergies, hormonal changes and certain foods.
Here are some of the tricks you can use to prevent or treat nasal drips at home this winter.
Drink lots of fluid
Make sure to drink 5-10 glasses daily. In the cold there is nothing better than a Hot bowl of soup. Keeping your body hydrated helps to replace the lost fluids caused due to flu and prevent nasal drips.
Aviod drinks that cause dehydration
Certain drinks cause dehydration instead of hydrating the body and should be avoided in during the episodes of nasal drips. Alcohol and caffeinated drinks might get your ears up but they cause inflammation and dehydration which adds discomfort.
Vitamin C is the enemy of the thick mucus that causes runny nose. It is a powerful antioxidant and boosts the immune system to defend the body against various types of infections. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C and taken with warm water and honey is all you need to take care of that nasty nasal drips this winter.
Drinking warm herbal teas in the winter season not only help to clear the irritation in your throat but also eases the passage of mucus. Ginger and thyme are the best for this remedy since they have antimicrobial properties that inhibit the production of mucus.
When the winter get into its full swing the air gets dry which causes the overproduction of mucus. To tackle this problem make sure to have a humidifier or a vaporizer close by to increase the moisture levels around you. This will not only make sure you breathe easy but also prevents the production of unnecessary mucus.
Menthol is a substance that naturally exists in mint plants such as peppermint or eucalyptus. It can also be used in cases of nasal drips since it has been scientifically proven that menthol clears the nasal passage. You can add some drops of menthol into the humidifier to ease your irritation.