How are post-nasal drip and nausea related?

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Many people experience nausea with severe post-nasal drip because the mucus that flows down the back of the throat usually transports toxins or irritants and then ends up in the stomach. Mucus is the body's response to infection or potentially harmful substances.

SinusWars, a Delaware-based company focused on providing information and holistic remedies for sinus problems, indicates that nausea as a result of post-nasal drip is most common in the morning after significant drainage has occurred overnight while a patient has been sleeping. The company urges those suffering with nausea that they suspect is a result of post-nasal drip to discuss relief with their doctors, as some traditional nausea alleviation methods only aggravate post-nasal drip. Nausea caused by post-nasal drip can often be relieved by eating crackers or ingesting some form of ginger.

Dr. Steven Park, a New York MD, reports that in some cases both nausea and post-nasal drip are symptoms of a migraine headache. According to Park, migraines attack the nerve endings of the sinuses which in turn causes sinus pressure, post-nasal drip and sometimes nausea. In this case, both symptoms tend to respond to traditional migraine headache medications, as well as to abstaining from foods and beverages such as caffeine, alcohol and many cheeses that spark migraines in the first place.

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