Green Tea and Nasal Congestion

by Bernie Morningstar
(Ljamsville Md USA)

I drink a couple of glasses of green tea every evening. By the time I go to bed my nose is stuffed tight. I began to wonder if the tea was causing it. I stopped the tea and now I don't get the nasal congestion.

Answer:

Bernie, I am not aware that drinking green tea may cause nasal congestion, perhaps it is for other people to commment on this.

On a related point, I don't generally recommend other people to drink green tea in the evening as it contains caffeine and may affect sleep quality.

If you experience similar things to Bernie, could you please add your comment below? Thank you.

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Sep 10, 2009
Green tea and nasal congestion
by: Anonymous

Yes, I've noticed experiencing this as well. And when I stop drinking green tea, my nose clears up in a few days. I've rechallenged and dechallenged several times and I am quite certain green tea caused the nasal congestion.

Jan 01, 2010
Association of Caffeine with Congestion
by: Anonymous

I have experienced similar nasal congestion but after consuming Darjeeling variety tea in the evenings. I have found a decaffeinated variety of Darjeeling which is my preferred type of tea and will report if my congestion improves.

I also have been diagnosed with a mildly deviated septum which aggravates the congestion problem. I will measure caffeine levels for comparison.

I have learned that to earn the designation "decaffeinated" for label copy, one merely has to demonstrate that one-half of the original caffeine that was present before the process has been removed.

I am an analytical chemist and have personally verified this to be in line with my testing results.

It is interesting that I found Crystal Light instant teas and flavored instant teas that I have tested contain no significant amount of caffeine.

Mar 07, 2010
Pre-existing condition
by: Anonymous

I have had chronic sinusitis for years and recently began drinking green tea regularly, and for a while it caused pre-existing congestion to drain down from the upper sinuses out through the nose, in the same way that taking vitamin C during a cold often causes the sinuses to drain down.

Agreed that green tea contains a caffeine-like substance that can keep you awake. I drink it only in the morning and early afternoon so it does not cause insomnia.

Apr 06, 2010
Green tea?
by: Tina

I just looked up to see if afternoon nasal congestion was common. Maybe some kind of allergy.

Interestingly enough I just started talking green tea pills for energy at work this week. By 2 in the afternoon for the past week I get completely stuffed up. Could it really be the green tea???

Jun 01, 2010
I'm allergic to green tea.
by: David

So far I've been taking Green Tea Extract for 2 weeks, I've noticed I don't feel bloated anymore but the bad news is I also feel drowsy very slow, but I been taking also vitamin C since a few months ago, I decided to also take multivitamin and vitamin B too, I noticed when I take vitamin B I feel a little better.

I will see how it goes taking Green Tea I will give it another week, but I will keep on taking vitamin B.

Jul 07, 2010
Green Tea and Nasal Congestion
by: Anonymous

I get congested from drinking green tea.

I drink it daily in the afternoon for the health benefits and every time, by the time I'm done my green tea, my nose is quite stuffed.

It clears after a few hours though. My wife thinks I'm nuts but it's a fact. This seems to happen with every green tea i've drank (loose leaf, processed bags, Jasmine, etc).

It doesn't seem to happen as badly with black tea though. I also get congested by beer and wine which leads me to believe it might be tannin related but I can't explain why green tea has more effect than black tea.

Other than that, I've got no known allergies other than I'm generally susceptible to sinus congestion (which may mean other allergies exist.)

Aug 05, 2010
Kidney stones
by: jerry

I have been drinking Lipton Green ice tea for a few months now. I love ice tea. My question is Will Ice tea cause kidney stones or ice tea may cause kidney stones. The thought of me getting kidney stones worries me so I have stopped drinking ice tea unfortunately. Should I stop drinking ice tea altogether or cut down on drinking ice tea.

Thank you
Jerry

Oct 02, 2010
Weird
by: Anonymous

I've had the opposite effect with green tea. When I'm congested, I drink green tea to *relieve* me of congestion. It instantly breaks it up and brings relief.

Green tea also gives me a nearly instant energy boost. I know I'm in the majority since a quick Internet search shows that most people experience the same great results as I have.

That's why this thread makes no sense to me. The only downside to the green tea for me is that it tastes horrible.

Dec 01, 2010
Allergy to any organic tea
by: Tony

I have a bad reaction to any organic tea with a constant drip down the back of the throat, incessant cough, and retching. Need prednisone to remove symptoms which can last up to a week.

Am ok with non organic teas except for reaction to caffeine. Can drink some herbal teas especially rooibos, and chamomile. Have been unable to drink coffee for last 20 years, same symptoms appear as they do decaff coffee.

I suspect some form of mold or fungus not removed by processing to ordinary tea. Anyone else have any ideas?

Dec 17, 2010
Sinus congestion
by: Anonymous

Yes, I have also experienced stuffed nose, mildly tight throat, and sinus pressure/shoulder aches from drinking only certain brands of green tea (nonorganic) and organic chai. The reactions arise in about 20mins but go away after a few hours. I suspect I might be sensitive to some of the chemicals in the tea from the processing.

Also, my father gets a skin rash if he drinks green tea. I have been tested for allergies and are allergic to only certain types of tree pollen.

Sep 08, 2011
Green tea allergy
by: Anonymous

I have had the same problem. I had a good friend bring me a lot of green tea straight from China. I started drinking it regularly and noticed my nose was stuffed and I was losing sleep due to not being able to breath. The reason I noticed it was the tea is because I drank it in the morning once and the rest of the day my nose was stuffed, whereas it was only happening in the evening in the past. I am glad I figured this out!

Dec 05, 2011
Green tea allergy
by: Paul

I love all the things they say about the good things in green tea, but I have had to stop because it makes me feel congested and very on edge. Coffee does not do this to me, so I know it's not the caffeine. Dark tea has a lesser effect on me than green tea.

Jan 03, 2012
Yes, green tea causes mucous response
by: snowheart

Yes, unfortunately green tea causes a mucous reaction in my upper respiratory track , almost immediately. The back of my throat and upper lungs will produce phlegm as a reaction to green tea. My ears even clog up. This can happen with red wine sometimes but since I don't drink a lot of red wine, I don't have much to report on there.

Mar 06, 2012
Nasal congestion
by: Anonymous

For several years I was congested after drinking my morning coffee so I switched to black tea in the morning. The same things happens though not to such a severe degree. There must be some connection.

Jun 08, 2012
Mucus in throat
by: Anonymous

I had constant phlegm in my throat for 6 months before I figure out it was the green tea causing it.

I quit drinking green tea and it completely went away. But now I have the phlegm back so I think I must have a tannin allergy and need to cut out red wine etc.

I love red wine so this is really hard for me but the phlegm in the throat is annoying enough that I will have to stop drinking it. Glad to find others with the same reaction. I thought I was crazy!

Aug 15, 2012
Are salicylates in green tea and red wine the issue??
by: Anonymous

Hi all, Yes I too get a cough and tight throat almost instantly from drinking green tea and with some red wines and seemingly from a vast range of what seem like unrelated foods.

My doctor suspects it may be "salicylates".

Apparently green tea and red wine is high in this, and so too lots of other foods.

Avoiding salicylates seems very hard. She has recommended supporting the immune system and detoxing system (liver) with, among other things, a good liver tonic, selenium and Vitamin D.

She thought the selenium in particular would be helpful.

Starting the selenium (200 microgram)tomorrow.Here's hoping it helps.

Sep 02, 2012
vasodilatation => congestion
by: Anonymous

tea, especially green one, is known for having vasodilator properties. while generally a good thing, it can increase nasal congestion too.

Sep 11, 2012
TEA AND SINUS PROBLEMS
by: Anonymous

I DRINK ICE TEA FROM THE TIME I GET UP TILL BED TIME THE ONLY PROBLEMS I AM HAVING IS SEVERE HEAD
ACHES CAUSED BY SINUS PROBLEMS, AM SEEING A EAR
NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALIST SOON SO LETS SEE WHAT HE REPORTS

Oct 24, 2012
Congestion from green tea
by: tia

Ok this is Great! I also have the same problem, and am just now realizing what is happening. I love tea, all kinds of tea, and now im paying attention to what kinds make my congestion better or worse. I hope its just the specific bracd, maybe its because it itsnt organic? Could be pestacides... Glad we are all figuring out what ales us.

Good Luck!

Feb 12, 2013
Organic green tea=mucus
by: Anonymous

I have been drinking green tea, morning , noon, and night. It's a great relaxant.

However, I just realized that the coughing I've been getting lately is associated with the drinking of tea. So glad to hear from others that it's not my imagination.

Don't know what I'll do now without the 6 or 7 cups of tea per day.

Feb 12, 2013
Cause colds
by: Anonymous

When I buy a 6 pack of Diet Lipton green tea I start to get a cold!?!? My nose starts to run and my throat gets sore. But when I buy the individual bottles this doesn't happen!

Feb 15, 2013
Nasel congestion
by: Anonymous

I started drinking green tea a few months ago for the health benefits,ever since then I seem to have always been blocked up, only I have only just realised that it might be the tea, I will now not drink for a few days to test out this theory.

Apr 05, 2013
Same!
by: holly

I have just noticed the same thing!! I love love love my green tea, disappointed and surprised that it was that which was causing me to have such painful sinuses :(

May 22, 2013
Me Too
by: Anonymous

Just starting drinking green tea trying to get off diet cokes. Drank a big glass Monday night after cutting the grass and suddenly I was completely stopped up. Thought it might be allergies from the grass cutting so I drank several more glasses on Tuesday but felt terrible all day. Thought I had a sinus infection but started questioning the tea because it seemed to get worse every time I drank a glass. Woke up Wed. not nearly as bad. Was up for about 2 hours then had a glass of tea and before I could finish it I was completely stopped up again. I think there has to be a connection. Going to have to give it up I think.

May 24, 2013
thickens my mucus
by: Zuzu

I adore green tea, I don't think i can be without it, but I have noticed that it thickens my mucus, at first I didn't want to believe it's the green tea, but I am most certain now that it is, its a shame because I haven't been able to stop myself from drinking and I will have to because its causing lots of problems for me with breathing.

Jun 05, 2013
Green Tea
by: Joyce

Yes I too am concerned that I experienced stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, throat irritation, and sinus pressure after drinking green tea regularly (daily). I have tried several different brands of green tea and I continue to have the same affect. However, when drink green tea periodically it doesn’t seems to be a problem.

Oct 19, 2013
Black vs Green vs White?
by: Conny

I've got a chronic sinus infection for the last year. Strong black tea seems clear it up a bit, so I thought green tea would be even better. But after reading all of this it probably will not help. Has anyone tried white tea and had a sinus reaction with that?

Nov 19, 2013
I drank tea 2 hours ago
by: Guchi

Same for me! after reading all benefits of green tea. I've used it for about 1 year. but til now I felt good 2 hours ago, then I am feeling my nose stuffy and get headache. I suspect because tannin and the amount I consumed.

I will lower doses. but for the moment I have to give up drinking tea.

Nov 19, 2013
Happening to me
by: Anonymous

Same with green tea infusion using infuser. I think too much tea.

Dec 11, 2013
Me As Well
by: Fred

I just did this search on Google because of it. It's really a shame because I just bought the best green tea directly from China for $120. Doesn't matter if it's hot or cold. Not worth the side effects. Interesting Cure: Hot coffee clears it up much faster than waiting.

Feb 09, 2014
Hot coffee
by: Guchi

Interesting, I am looking for ways to clear up my nose, same happened to me to vitamin c, thing is that I took both green tea and Vitamin c for long periods that somehow became allergic, I asked Doctor, she said that my Evastel will help to clear those provoked allergics.

In the mean time will try hot coffee to see if clears up.

Mar 18, 2014
Another 'Sufferer'
by: John

I've been drinking green tea for 15 years, and, I have been rather stuffed up and minimal sneezing for many years as well! I have eliminated and re-introduced various foods or drink through the years, but now feel called to eliminate my green tea consumption altogether to see what helps. I used to drink coffee before that, but it was harsher as I would get a skin rash after 2-3 cups after a few years. I also react in similar ways to red wine. I have tested 'negative' for many foods/drink after two rounds of alergy tests over the past several years, and was diagnnosed decade or so ago with Perinial Rhinitus. I'll quite today, and try to remember and post here in a month or so with my findings. (I am going to miss my caffeine pick-me-up!)

May 16, 2014
Green tea stuffiness
by: Danielle

I too have experienced this concern about green tea. I currently have 3 cups a day, and I started about 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, it causes me to cough up thick mucus throughout the day and night. I am sad to know that I cannot benefit from its healing properties...

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