A 62-year-old female asked:
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what can i do about persistent sore throat caused by, i think, post-nasal drip which i definitely have? i don't have a fever or cold.

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Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Stop the drip.: Problem is in nose. Treatment of throat not likely to be effective without treating the underlying cause. Lots of potential treatments for this depending upon cause. Some need decongestants, some need antihistamines, others may benefit from treatment of sinusitis with nasal steroids or less likely antibiotics. Another option would be ipratropium nasal spray. Sometimes combo therapy is required.
Answered on Dec 3, 2013
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Treat the drip..: Treating the cause/drip is the way to go... Currently, steroid nasal sprays are first-line treatment for nasal allergies. Antihistamines such as zyrtec/claritin/allegra/benadryl (available otc) may help, but steroid still the best. Often nasal allergies/congestion cause you to breath via mouth during sleep and thus inducing the sore throat. I suggest consulting your doc for eval/treat. Good luck.
Answered on Dec 14, 2013

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