Aug 272010

What is the most effective post nasal drip treatment?

SinuPulse Pulsating Nasal Sinus Irrigation System to treat Post Nasal Drip due to Allergies or Sinus Infections
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In this post I explain the reasons why post nasal drip and bad breath go hand in hand. I also explain why antihistamines usually make a chronic halitosis problem even worse, and why regular use of a sinus irrigation system – such as the SinuPulse oral irrigator or the Grossan Hydro Pulse oral irrigator – is an extremely effective post nasal drip treatment.

A good sinus irrigation system will relieve post nasal drip symptoms caused by sinus infections, sinus congestion or allergies.  Allergy symptoms can include all those associated with hayfever or  rhinitis, for instance. In addition, regular use of a sinus irrigation system has been shown to be one of the most reliable ways to achieve a durable halitosis cure. Post nasal drip and bad breath can indeed be successfully treated together!

Having suffered from chronic halitosis for over 12 years, I can now tell the difference between post nasal drip treatments that work and those that don’t. Here I will review oral irrigation systems and explain the connection between post nasal drip and bad breath.

There are millions of people out there who suffer from allergies and sinus congestion (perhaps not aware that they may be suffering from halitosis as a consequence). Those who have become dependant on the constant use of drugs (usually antihistamines) to keep the symptoms at bay would benefit enormously if they started using a sinus irrigator regularly, as a sinus congestion or post nasal drip treatment. A sinus irrigation system will not only be good to alleviate the symptoms, but most importantly, it will eradicate the problem from the root. And not only post nasal drip but bad breath as well.

I personally suffer from chronic rhinitis and I use the SinuPulse Sinus Irrigation System when my condition flares up and causes post nasal drip and thus more bad breath (certain times of the year / also associated with a few allergies – dust, etc). In my case, the causes of my halitosis were multiple (it is very common) and so it took me a while to find out that my allergies were also playing a role in my bad breath problem.

I cannot thank a work colleague enough for suggesting that I tried using a sinus irrigation system as a post nasal drip treatment, because it has made a huge difference in terms of how I feel, relieving my sinus congestion and mucous, but equally importantly, helping me find a durable halitosis cure.

I had previously used numerous types of over-the-counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines. The main problem is that I was dependant on them and also they were making my mouth very dry (given I already had a tendency to get a dry mouth, that was making my problem a lot worse). Now, dry mouth will in turn cause more bad breath, so in fact, I was making my halitosis problem even worse.

So we now come to the reasons why sinus problems and post nasal drip will in many cases be a contributing factor to a chronic bad breath problem.

Hydro Pulse Pulsating Nasal Sinus Irrigation System to treat Post Nasal Drip due to Allergies or Sinus Infections
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First, the mucous that collects at the sinuses and at the back of the tongue and throat, will contain proteins which are a favourite food for all the anaerobic bacteria that would normally already exist in your mouth. Thus they can then reproduce very rapidly and, in the process, will create foul sulfur volatile compounds which not only will smell really bad, but will also leave an awful taste in the mouth. The second reason is the use of antihistamines: as mentioned above, if regularly used, they will dry the mouth which, in turn, will increase the bad breath problem, as bacteria will be highly concentrated and create even more sulfur volatile compounds.

There are numerous scientific reports showing evidence that regular use of pulsating sinus irrigation systems can remove bacteria by a factor of at least 100 over non-pulsating systems. Pulsating sinus irrigation has been shown to stimulate the nasal cilia (who are in charge of defending against foreign bodies entering the nose and sinus) and will help restore their natural protective function.

I personally use the SinuPulse sinus irrigation system, but most people seem to agree that the Hydro Pulse sinus irrigation system, from Grossan, is also a very good post nasal drip treatment.

What I like about the SinuPulse is that it includes a throat irrigator tip and an advanced tongue cleaner. I thought I would not really ever use the throat irrigator but I gave it a go one day when I realised I had had a really annoying cough every morning for over a week. I could not believe the difference it made, as my cough really did go away – so since then, I regularly use each of the different tips and function to get the best results. I also like the fact that it has adjustable pressure, as I like to change it depending on how my nose and throat feel each time. In additon, the SinuPulse sinus irrigation system comes with a 2-year warranty which is a real bonus.

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To conclude, if you suffer from post nasal drip and bad breath, regular use of a sinus irrigation system such as the SinuPulse or the Hydro Pulse sinus irrigator will provide enormous relief to your sinuses as well as help get rid of bad breath and thus, provide a very reliable and durable cure for your halitosis, provided there are no other factors involved. In my opinion, this is without any sort of doubt, the most effective post nasal drip treatment available on the market today. I hope this sinus irrigation system review has been useful to you. 

If you suffer from chronic halitosis, it is very likely that your bad breath is caused by several other contributing factors, apart from post nasal drip. Lear the EXACT steps you need to take to determine and treat ALL the conditions and factors that are contributing to your chronic bad breath problem:

How to Cure Halitosis – Step by Step Guide

Other articles you may find useful:

Relationship Between Tonsil Stones and Bad Breath

How to Deal With an Infected Wisdom Tooth

Review: Tongue Cleaning With an Ora Brush

Treatments for Halitosis – Diagnosis of Bad Breath

  12 Responses to “Post Nasal Drip & Bad Breath – Post Nasal Drip Treatment: Sinus Irrigation System Review”

  1. It seems like there is hope. I have suffered from post nasal drip and halitosis for 15 years. I have tried all the antihistamines and antibiotics but there is no cure. I cannot afford the oral irrigator. I will appreciate if you offer any help to me. Halitosis has really reduced my self esteem. PLEASE HELP ME.

    • Hello Mary,

      I am really sorry to hear you are suffering. I feel for you, I know how difficult it is to live with chronic halitosis because I suffered from it for 12 years.

      First, I wanted to clarify that an oral irrigator is different than a sinus irrigator. An oral irrigator is used to clean your gumline and interdental spaces, and some of the low pressure ones can also be used very successfully to treat tonsil stones. On the other hand, a sinus irrigator is mainly used to irrigate your nasal passages and sinuses (although some sinus irrigators also have a tongue and throat irrigator attached to it as well, which comes in very handy).

      If you cannot afford an electronic sinus irrigator I suggest you use a neti pot or a bottle that uses low positive pressure to wash the sinuses. I regularly use Neilmed and I am very happy with them, and ceramic or stainless steel neti pots can also provide relief:

      Neilmed sinus rinse
      Ceramic neti pot
      Stainless steel neti pot

      On the other hand, it is very important that you determine for sure what the underlying causes of your halitosis are. It is of course clear that your post nasal drip is playing a role so it is wise that you take steps to minimise your post nasal drip symptoms and that you take care of your sinuses. But it is possible that there are other factors playing a role in your halitosis, and it is vital you identify those too.

      I have written a guide where I explain, step by step, all you need to do to determine the causes of your bad breath and how to tackle them, one by one. All the little tricks and techniques I used are also explained in detail. Click here for more info.

      I hope you can find some improvement soon and that eventually you can get rid of your bad breath once and for all.

      Best wishes,


  2. I have suffered from this chronic disease for a while, and I have noticed a massive improvement in my symptoms since I started using nasal irrigation. Just thought I would write a line to let you know, as I was a bit skeptical to follow your advice at the start… Hopefully, this will keep my post nasal drip and bad breath at bay this winter. Thanks for all your help!

  3. I suffer from post nasal drip and it can get really bad in winter. I find irrigation extremely helpful and I have been told that my bad breath goes is no longer noticeable when I irrigate my sinuses. I am now looking to buy a portable irrigator, I will try the panasonic one I think; thanks for the review!

  4. I did not know about these gadgets. If they really can alleviate the constant pressure on my cheeks and forehead, not to mention my halitosis, I will give it a go. Thanks for the review. Andrés

  5. I knew I had a problem with mucus running down my throat but I did not realize this is what is called post-nasal drip. I feel embarrassed to ask my friends if my breath stinks but I am quite certain it does because of people’s reactions. Thank you for sharing your experiences, I will try nasal irrigation and see if it works for me.

  6. I tried using saline solutions with a conventional neti pot and although it helped somehow, I wasn’t convinced. Then I saw your post and decided to try an electronic nasal irrigator instead.

    I have noticed a huge difference between the two; the electronic device is a lot more effective and the pulsating technology must be what makes the difference as I use the same type of solution as I used with the neti pot.

    Just thought I’d come back to write my two cents since I am seeing such an improvement both with the amount of mucus and also the intensity of my bad bad breath.

  7. I tried using nasal irrigation using an hypertonic saline solution but it was too strong for me. I then switched to an isotonic one and it did not hurt or cause any discomfort anymore.

    I find that using Cetirizine helps as well, although it tends to dry my mouth and eyes a little bit. I use both remedies regularly with great success.

  8. I have used a neti pot for a while. I can now afford a pulsating device so will see if it really makes a difference!

  9. I didn’t know about these gadgets either. Sounds like a very natural way to deal with post-nasal-drip. Thanks for the info.

  10. I have just been told for the third time that I have bad breath so I need to do something about it. I suffer from allergies causing nasal congestion all the time so I think this may be the main problem… Thank you for the info, was not aware that bad breath can originate in the nose because of mucus. It makes sense of course but never thought about it until now. My boyfriend was the first person who told me about my breath, then it was my mum and now my best friend, when I asked her, so I am sure now that I have a chronic problem. Hopefully the irrigation will help!

  11. Post nasal drip is a nightmare but it is trued that nasal irrigation helps. I have tried several methods and electronic irrigation seems to be by far the most effective. Neilmed is also good.

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