Nobody likes bad breath, if you do then it’s weird. Bad breath can create a bad first impression. The strong mouth odor can be persistent if you are treating it without addressing the root of the problem. Maybe you have tried everything within your power such as breath mints, mouthwashes, chewing gum, and even improved your oral hygiene but they did not work. The first step you should take if you want to cure bad breath permanently, is to identify and treat the source or cause of the odor.
In most cases, bad breath comes from the foul-smelling gases produced by bacteria that accumulated in the mouth. These foul-smelling gases usually contain high level of sulfur, which gives them their stinky smell. if your bad breath is as a result of poor oral hygiene, the simple way to treat such is to stick to regular brushing and flossing. Specialized tongue brushes and scrapers can also eliminate or reduce the the level of odor-causing bacteria and dead cells on your tongue.
However, bad breath from nose is very common but it is usually overlooked. You may not know that blocked sinuses often contribute to the cause of chronic bad breath. Smelly secretions from your nasal passages, sinus infections, or the presence of bacteria in your nose can all lead to bad breath.
Bad breath from nose
Blocked sinuses and nasal infections are among the causes of bad breath that dentists see often. Naturally, the glands in the nose and throat are specially designed to secrete mucus, a thick substance that moistens and cleanse the nasal membranes. This mucus helps the body to destroy and get rid of foreign inhaled matter such as dust, infectious bacteria and viruses. The mucus usually mixed with saliva as they drip from the back of the nose down the throat.
Post nasal drip is a health condition, which involves the excessive secretion of mucus from the glands found in the throat and nose. When excessive, thick mucus are being produced in the body, they may lead to persistent bad breath, bad taste in the mouth and nasal infection.
Causes of bad breath from nose
1. Post Nasal Drip
According to studies, excessive secretions can cause adverse effects to your respiration and voice. For example they can pill into the voice box (larynx) and breathing passages (trachea and bronchi), causing coughs and hoarseness. (1) Here are some common causes of post nasal drip:
- Medication – certain medications such as blood pressure and birth control pills.
- Allergies – it can be as a result of allergic reactions.
- Sinusitis – the infection that causes inflammation of the sinuses.
- Influenza – common cold or flu.
- A deviated septum
Symptoms of Post nasal drip
- Frequent clearing of the throat when speaking. You will experience throat irritation when the mucus drains and collect on your throat.
- Constant swallowing because you will always feel like there is lump on your throat.
- Occurrence of sore throat and bad breath is common for patients suffering from post nasal drip. This health problem can cause the cilia on the surface of the throat and nose to stop functioning properly. This can lead to frequent inflammation and irritation of the nasal and throat lining.
- Difficulty in breathing – steady accumulation of excessive mucus in the nose, can make breathing from the nose to be very difficult. In the other hand, sore throat and coughing can make breathing through the mouth difficult too.
2. Sinusitis and Nasal Congestion
Nasal sinuses are hollow passeges that are located right within the cheeks, around and behind the nose. The main function of the sinuses is to moisten and purity the air entering into the nasal cavity. Sinusitis is known as the inflammation of the nasal sinuses. Depending on the severity of the inflammation, sinusitis can lead to chronic nasal congestion, bad breath and difficulty breathing. Here are some of the symptoms of sinusitis:
- Frequent blockage of the nasal passage
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Chronic bad breath
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Severe headaches
- Sore throat and coughs
- High body temperature (fever)
- Post nasal drip
Remedies for bad breath from nose
Antibiotics are very effective for treating infections caused by bacteria. In most cases, post nasal drip caused by sinusitis are being treated with antibiotics. But if its too severe then surgery might be recommended to open the blocked sinuses. Eliminating foods and liquids that triggers post nasal drip is also very important. You should try to avoid excessive alcohol and caffeine, also avoid pollen in spring. Here are some effective home remedies that you can try:
- Steam Inhalation: Boil a hot bowl of water and add some few drops of any essential oil and inhale the steam. This remedy is very effective as it helps to control excess mucus production that causes post-nasal drip.
- Chew on ginger: ginger has a powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can chew some slices of raw ginger several times a day. It helps reduce mucus production and aids clearance. Alternatively, you can prepare a ginger tea by boiling some pieces of ginger with a small amount of water.
- Gargle with salt water: prepare a solution of half teaspoon of salt and one cup of warm water. Gargle with this solution several times each day. The salt water will help to eliminate the irritants present in the nasal passages. It thins the mucus, making it easier for your body to get rid of it.