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A 39-year-old female asked:

i have a heavy post nasal drip and a scratchy feeling in throat since last night. this morning, i spit out mucous with dark red/rust colored spots. should i be worried?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
URI: It sounds like you may be coming down with an upper respiratory tract infection (the sore throat) and that you have bronchitis (the rusty colored mucus). This may have to run its course but you could see your doc if it's chronic.
Dr. Dave Burns
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Normal: Most sinus infections that cause post nasal drip are loaded with molds, fungus, virus and bacteria.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Scratchy throat: The mucus from your post nasal drip is irritating your throat. The dark red blood is old blood possibly due to old irritation of your sinuses and nostrils. Living in florida in a highly allergic area it might be worthwhile for you to get n allery workup.
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
See a doctor: Sometimes coughing extremely hard or having some sort of "trauma" can cause this to happen, but i would play it safe and go see a doctor.

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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does post nasal drip make it feel like there is something stuck in throat? Not near tonsils but further down my throat doesn't feel like mucus

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Yes: you can keep doing those nasal washes to clear your nasal passages and drain your congested sinuses, but if that doesn't work you need to see your doctor as you might an antibiotic for sinus infection

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