• Weight loss - see healthy eating plan - THIS ACCOMPANIES ALL SOLUTIONS
  • Stop smoking - cigarette smoke irritates nasal lining.
  • Drink more water
    • 2l/day – thins down mucus so it flows easily (thus stops post nasal drip)
  • Cut down caffeine
    • promotes water loss through diuresis – dehydrates body and causes mucus to thicken up = post nasal drip
  • Nasal Steroid spray:
    • Like Nexomist/ Avamys; 2 puffs into each nostril at night
    • Get your doctor to prescribe
    • Safe for lifelong use – especially if you live in an allergic place like Cape Town
    • It dampens down the way your nose reacts to the outside – thus decreasing the swelling of your nasal lining and opening your nose

Failure to respond to these conservative solutions requires referral to an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist


  • Always bend head forward when using a nasal spray so that spray bottle aimed up and slightly towards your eye


  • Mandibular Advancement Splint

    • Keeps jaw forward while sleeping, thus keeping the back of your tongue away from the back of your throat.
    • Trial device R450;  Custom made device R3400 excl VAT and delivery
mgaurd breathebetter3

    • This device blows an extra puff of air through your nose or mouth as you breathe in while sleeping
    • This forces air past any floppy obstruction
    • Obviously it will work better if the nose is open and throat not obstructed