Instead of turning to antibiotics, Alan Conway, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare in Tomah, suggests some alternative methods of treatment. Dr. Conway says, “First of all, you should give yourself enough rest. Your body needs the time to fight the infection with full force, especially in the first few days when symptoms are the most severe.”
Dr. Conway suggests drinking warm beverages to help loosen and drain mucus build up. Warm water and tea are among the most popular and effective choices.
Don’t forget to take breaks to breathe in warm, moist air from a shower or kettle steam. These will also have a similar effect as the warm beverages in fighting mucus buildup.
Dr. Conway recommends lying with a pillow propped behind your head to help prevent post-nasal drip reaching the back of the throat.
Drinking warm water mixed with a half of a teaspoon of salt to soothe the throat.
You may want to consider rinsing your nose with salt water sprays or nasal irrigation kits, these often provide nasal relief. Be sure to follow the directions.