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Bad breath due to post nasal drip

(7 Posts)
coconut0 Sun 02-Nov-14 20:46:55

Argh! I have general allergies for with I use a steroid nose spray, which improves but doesn't cure my nose problem, part of which is a post nasal drip. Basically I have snot dripping down the back of my throat fairly constantly, which can make my breath smelly in that sort of cold (achoo, not brrr) way. My teeth are in good condition, clean them twice a day, visit dentist etc. I can't gargle with mouthwash as it makes me retch really badly, but I have now taken to swallowing mouthwash instead. I am at my wits' end as to what to do now, especially as DD (8 years) has told me twice that my breath smells. Other than constantly crunching on mints, which don't actually solve the problem as the smell is from the back, not the front of my mouth.
Any suggestions so gratefully received ....

ignominious Sun 02-Nov-14 20:55:41

Would a neti pot help?

coconut0 Sun 02-Nov-14 20:58:38

Good thinking. I was using a wash a few years ago. Will start trying it again, although I hated it.

southeastastra Sun 02-Nov-14 21:02:48

i was thinking a neti pot, or wash. i had something similar and it was horrible. neti pot did wash away alot of 'gunk'.

coconut0 Sun 02-Nov-14 21:10:29

Ok ladies, I'm going to brave the wash tomorrow. It's a really good idea. Thank you for reminding me to use it.

ignominious Sun 02-Nov-14 21:13:34

If you're using the steroids and it's not helping you might be able to get referred for surgery

coconut0 Sun 02-Nov-14 21:24:12

I have been offered surgery, but it's got a really low success rate and can make it worse. I've had the rhinitis for ever, so can deal with that, but the stinky breath is upsetting.

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