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A 24-year-old member asked:

Do rhinitis & post nasal drip cause ear & throat problems?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 32 years experience
You bet!: When your nose is stuffy, the tubes behind your ear drums [the eustachian tubes] can get stuffy too. This can lead to ear pain, muffled hearing & crackly/popping sounds. The same germs that cause the common cold can also cause middle ear infections. Drip-drip-dripping in the back of your throat can make your throat sore. It's all connected.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Yes, and vice versa: Post nasal drip can cause sore throat and can possibly cause inflammation that can block your eustachian tubes to your ears.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I address the post-nasal drip that is causing tickle in ears and throat?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Mosley
General Practice 21 years experience
Allergy medicine: Over the counter allergy meds work very well, but aren't enough on their own for about 50% of us. Instead of stopping the otcs, f/u with your family doc and get some allergy nasal spray to add on to your otc allergy pills. You'll find that your symptoms resolve much better and life gets less drippy and sneezy.
Last updated Oct 24, 2017


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