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Post Nasal Drip (Definition)

Post nasal drip is a term used to describe the common symptoms of sore throat and cough in the presence of a runny nose with sufferers experiencing a worsening of symptoms at night with mild relief during the day. Allergies or nasal/sinus infection cause excess mucous to "drip" into the throat when lying down resulting in congestion, irritation, and inflamation of ...Read more


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Can post nasal drip cause sore throat with swollen lymph nodes? What can I do to get the swollen down?

Can post nasal drip cause sore throat with swollen lymph nodes? What can I do to get the swollen down?

Strep vs. cold: The post nasal drip probably didn't cause the sore throat, but all these symptoms are probably attributable to a cold at best, strep throat at worst. Sore throat with swollen nodes, especially with cough, should be evaluated by a doctor for strep throat, because in that case one would require antibiotics, more than just simple cold remedies like chicken soup or tylenol (acetaminophen). Feel better! ...Read more

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Can post-nasal drip cause or be related to stomach acid? And how do I know which one is causing my sore throat?

Can post-nasal drip cause or be related to stomach acid? And how do I know which one is causing my sore throat?

Probably not: Your symptoms are probably unrelated but for a definitive diagnosis, you should be evaluated by your doctor. Although the symptoms can be just an annoyance they may be signs of a larger underlying problem having an evaluation by a doctor can give you better answers. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Does sore throat caused by post nasal drip and GERD get heeled and how much time is required after starting the medicines.chronic sore throat for 6 mn?

Does sore throat caused by post nasal drip and GERD get heeled and how much time is required after starting the medicines.chronic sore throat for 6 mn?

Sore throat: You have two different problems. The allergic post nasal drip will be solved with Flonase in a few weeks. The reflux will take a few months and will require Prilosec twice a day and Zantac at night. It can take 3 to 6 months to get better in most cases. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Can a very mild sore throat and post nasal drip throat be caused by gerd?Myegd showed gastritis but nothing else-can i fix GERD thru diet and exercise

Can a very mild sore throat and post nasal drip throat be caused by gerd?Myegd showed gastritis but nothing else-can i fix GERD thru diet and exercise

Yes you can: Bottom line is weight control, increased weight, fat, caffeine in diet, all that can lead to gerd, if you succeed in reducing only 10% of your weigh, t initially, you will notice the difference, good luck. ...Read more

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I have white spots on my right tonsil that come and go. No redness, no sore throat. Can this be caused by my post nasal drip? Or is this a sign of

I have white spots on my right tonsil that come and go. No redness, no sore throat. Can this be caused by my post nasal drip? Or is this a sign of

Tonsil Stones: Likely tonsilloliths. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/tonsil-stones-tonsilloliths-treatment-and-prevention#1 See ENT doc to confirm diagnosis. If diagnosis confirmed, no treatment indicated. ...Read more

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Why does post nasal drip causes sore throat and ear pain. How can I get rid of it??

Why does post nasal drip causes sore throat and ear pain. How can I get rid of it??

Perhaps: Post-nasal drips may irritate the throat but sore throat is uncommon. Ear pain is not caused by post-nasal drips although nasal congestion may lead to obstruction of the inner ear tube leading to infection. You need to get this checked out by a doctor (ENT, allergist). ...Read more

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When having post nasal drip, can a sore throat be really dangerous?

When having post nasal drip, can a sore throat be really dangerous?

Generally, no.: It's either going to occur or not (the sore throat, that is). I don't think presence of a sore throat with post nasal drip (source is usually rhinitis) would warrant worrying about it being dangerous. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip and now a sore throat. What's my best course of action?

I have post nasal drip and now a sore throat. What's my best course of action?

What to do.: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC for post nasal drip & sore throat that accompanies it? I have no other symptoms but it has been constant for several weeks

What is the best OTC for post nasal drip &  sore throat that accompanies it?  I have no other symptoms but it  has been constant for several weeks

Saline nasal spray: A saline nasal spray should alleviate your post nasal drip temporarily but you will need to have a more permanent solution if the problem persists, and you may prescription nasal sprays. A visit to the allergist can identify your triggers and guide you for long term control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is this from a sore throat from post nasal drip and a cold or is it strep?

Is this from a sore throat from post nasal drip and a cold or is it strep?

Not enough info.: These issues are usually viral as a post nasal drip is not associated with Strep. If concerned about Strep see a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat nausea from sore throat/post nasal drip?

How can I treat nausea from sore throat/post nasal drip?

A simple way to : Reduce nausea ; upset stomach is with ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger ; steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip.For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. ...Read more

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I've had intermittent sore throat for about a year. Same spot, can come and go within hours. Definitely not post nasal drip no inflammation seen.?

I've had intermittent sore throat for about a year. Same spot, can come and go within hours. Definitely not post nasal drip no inflammation seen.?

Throat red spot: Any persistent red spot of the throat particularly in association with a history of tobacco use should be fully evaluated including an assessment of the regional lymph nodes. A biopsy may be warranted. Seek evaluation by your primary care physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Still have a sore throat after sinusitis been 5 weeks. Congestion is gone but sore throat still present & switching sides. I have post nasal drip too.

Still have a sore throat after sinusitis been 5 weeks. Congestion is gone but sore throat still present & switching sides. I have post nasal drip too.

Re-evaluation: Is what you need, kindly visit your doctor, you may have unresolved chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis causing you all such symptoms, treatment may need to be prolonged if it is really a chronic condition, best wishes ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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