Can Sinus Drainage Make You Cough? A Nurse's Guide

If you've been experiencing a lot of mucus or phlegm in your throat you may be wondering if it's from your lungs or your sinuses. Or maybe you did not know that it could be sinus drainage.

In any case you may be coughing a little or a lot and may not have connected it to your sinuses. People usually think they have bronchitis or a lung infection or even worry about pneumonia. But it's perfectly normal to cough when you experience a bit of sinus drainage. It may be little coughs here and there or have progressed into more serious coughing especially if you have a sinus infection.

A cough will often accompany a sinus infection or sinusitis. It can be severe and hang on as long as you have the infection. But if you use proper natural treatment methods at the first sign of an infection you can ward if off and actually get rid of it in a couple of days or so. I mean without sinus medications or drugs which can actually make your sins worse and carry with them risks to your body.

If the coughing is extreme you do want to take proper methods to get rid of the cause as soon as possible. Sinus drain normally flows down into the back of the throat. A quart of mucous has to move through the sinuses every day. That's a lot of fluid if you think about it. It can easily trigger your cough reflex located in your throat area and cause you to cough.

If you find you're clearing your throat a lot, that also may be a sign of heavy drain. Drainage is good though.

You want to try to remove the source of any sinus problems if you're experiencing coughing regularly. Something may be irritating your sinuses and causing an increased amount of drain. Look around your house or apartment and look for excess dust, mold in bathrooms around sinks, bathtubs, toilets and windows. Remove any hiding in plants from your bedroom, run air cleaners in the bedroom and living areas. Is there smoke in the house? Do you live in a smoggy area? Is the air quality good outside where you live? Are you walking or running in it?

It's also possible you may be allergic to dust mite droppings. Dust mites are so small you can not see them. Nor can you see the droppings. Mattresses and carpeting in bedrooms may contain a lot of droppings. Try vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum cleaner to see if you can remove some of them. Use zippered cases on pillows and mattresses if at all possible. But you may find there are other obvious sources to your sinus drainage and coughing problems and may not have to resort to using special cases.

In any case, yes sinus drain can cause you to cough. But if your coughing continues and is annoying there may be a sinus infection brewing. Also, you need to rule out other problems like bronchitis. But you can clear up symptoms such as coughing with natural treatment. Always choose natural treatments that work, over prescription or over the counter medicines and drugs, to protect your health.