I’ll bet you never thought that hay fever could cause bad breath, but it’s true. Hay fever strikes when you are having an allergic reaction to something in the air. In most cases it is some sort of pollen or fungus spores that sets off the attack. As you breathe these micro particles into your nose, throat, and lungs they become irritated. Then your body goes to work to get rid of the foreign substance. The eyes start to water and feel itchy this makes them look and feel puffy. As the eyes water they drain into the nostrils, which are already becoming inflamed themselves. This put mucus production into overdrive and your nose starts running. This causes post nasal drip. Odor causing bacteria love this environment.
Your breath will start to smell very bad very quickly. At this point you need a halitosis treatment that will work fast. Normally you won’t even be aware that you have a problem, your nose is clogged and you won’t smell what others smell. If your nose isn’t clogged then you could have a rancid smell coming from your nose as you breathe. This is sometimes referred to as having a halitosis nose. Our natural reaction when we begin to feel stuffy is to go straight for the antihistamine or some other cold medicine. The problem here is that while they work well to slow down or even stop mucus production which does stop the runny nose, it does this by drying out the nose and throat. This in turn creates the perfect environment for the odor causing bacteria to multiply. This can cause you to have a strong odor coming from your mouth and nose.
The best halitosis treatment for this is to head it off early by washing your face and hands as soon as you start to feel the hay fever coming on. Next drink plenty of cool fresh water. Taking the medication that will make you feel better is always a good thing, just be aware that they will dry out your mouth. If you keep your mouth moist and clean you can greatly reduce the chances of your breath becoming offensive. Oh course you must brush and floss your teeth as well as brushing your tongue at least twice a day or you will be doomed to failure before you’ve even begun your battle for fresh breath.
It is always a good idea to cut way back on dairy products when you are suffering with hay fever or a cold. The fat content in the dairy causes the mucus to thicken and make your cough worse. If you switch to a low fat skim milk temporarily until you feel better it will help. Again I mention because it is so important, drink plenty of water. It has been widely reported that you should drink six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water each and every day. The water helps on so many levels to help both you and your breath smell better. The water helps to remove toxins and bacteria from your mouth and your intestines by helping your body to flush them out.
If your nose gets real stuffed up and you want to clean it out here is an all natural saltwater solution that not only unclogs your nostrils it will help remove the odor causing bacteria hiding in your sinuses. Use an 8 oz. Cup of warm not hot distilled water (distilled water has fewer impurities). Add 1/2 teaspoon of non-iodized salt such as Epsom’s salt. The non-iodized salt seems to be less irritating to the nostrils. Mix well then add a pinch of baking soda and mix. You can use a rubber ear cleaning bulb and it will work fine or what works better is the little pot that you pour the salt water in one nostril and it flushes through your sinus cavity and comes out the other nostril. You will need to follow the instructions that come with the nasal pot. If you follow these simple steps you should get through your hay fever attack without offending anyone with your breath.