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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

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 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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