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How do you differentiate mucus from the lungs and mucus coming from deviated septum/post nasal drip?

How do you differentiate mucus from the lungs and mucus coming from deviated septum/post nasal drip?

Symptoms & X-rays: The signs and symptoms are very different : sinusitis is typified by a stuffy nose and pain in the sinuses effected. Mucus from the lungs is typified by a deep cough and possible airway obstruction and difficulty breathing. ...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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I have an untreated deviated septum and post nasal drip has been aggravating my lungs. And causing dark mucus with blood to come up randomly. Why?

I have an untreated deviated septum and post nasal drip has been aggravating my lungs. And causing dark mucus with blood to come up randomly. Why?

Moisture is needed: Everyone has mucous in back of nose. If you are bothered by it it is because it is too thick (dry). Also dry nose will cause it to bleed. Deviated septum may cause turbulent airflow and worsen dryness. Hydrate, use humidifier, nasal saline spray, and you may try Guaifenesin 1200 mg twice daily to take with food and glass of water. ...Read more

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Deviated septum causing post nasal drip. Started Flonase and that isn't working. Got an air purifier that isn't working. It's affecting my breathing.

Deviated septum causing post nasal drip. Started Flonase and that isn't working. Got an air purifier that isn't working. It's affecting my breathing.

Post nasal drip: A deviated nasal septum most commonly causes nasal obstruction/stuffiness on one side. Post nasal drip can be related to mucus draining from the sinuses into the back of the throat from allergies or sinus infection. Flonase and other nasal steroids take several days to be really effective, but are the most effective treatment for allergies. An ENT or allergist may be able to sort things out. ...Read more

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Can a pretty bad deviated septum cause constant post nasal drip?

Can a pretty bad deviated septum cause constant post nasal drip?

Possibly yes: If the deviated septum contributes to sinusitis, then constant nasal drip may occur. Your history of allergies may also contribute to this. If the drainage should become purulent or bloody, you may benefit from antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can having deviated septum cause bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, snot will fall to my mouth and gag on it. Ent said sinuses are good

Can having deviated septum cause bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, snot will fall to my mouth and gag on it. Ent said sinuses are good

Unlikely: A deviated septum does not usually cause severe post nasal drip. If you have already seen an ENT doctor and sinusitis has been ruled out, I would consult an allergist. The major symptom of a deviated nasal septum is difficulty breathing through the side of the nose where the septal cartilage is deviated. ...Read more

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Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Broke nose month and half ago, dr's said my nose looked fine and wasn't crooked. Now im having post nasal drip, does this mean I have a deviated septum?

Broke nose month and half ago, dr's said my nose looked fine and wasn't crooked. Now im having post nasal drip, does this mean I have a deviated septum?

Not necessarily: It is possible to have internal nasal damage without any visible external damage after nasal trauma. If you are still having new onset nasal symptoms 6 weeks after nasal trauma, it is reasonable to see an otolaryngologist to assess the status of the nose. ...Read more

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Can having a broken nose cause post nasal drip? If so is that normal or does it mean you have a deviated septum?

Can having a broken nose cause post nasal drip? If so is that normal or does it mean you have a deviated septum?

Post nasal drips: A septal deviation with rhinitis can cause post nasal drip, similarly a post nasal drip can occur after acute injuries like fractures though in the latter case it is more likely to be bloody. In either case, it would be best to be seen by your ENT doctor or your plastic surgeon to get appropriate care. ...Read more

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Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Can untreated deviated septum cause constant mucus in chest? Is this post nasal drip? How is this treated? It's affecting my breathing substantially.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis or even GERD. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Would post nasal drip from allergies and a deviated septum cause constant sticky clear mucus and occasional dark brown mucus with blood in it?

Would post nasal drip from allergies and a deviated septum cause constant sticky clear mucus and occasional dark brown mucus with blood in it?

No: Post nasal drip from allergies is common, and it can produce clear mucous. The deviated septum will not produce discharge.
Someone should look to see if they can find the source of the bleeding. That is of concern. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for homeopathic remedies for deviated nasal septum and nasal congestion?

Any suggestions for homeopathic remedies for deviated nasal septum and nasal congestion?

Septal deviation: The only treatment is surgery. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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Do I have to fix deviated septum for constant nasal congestion? Is the procedure dangerous? I have allergies, deviated septum, atopic dermatitis.

Do I have to fix deviated septum for constant nasal congestion? Is the procedure dangerous? I have allergies, deviated septum, atopic dermatitis.

Septoplasty: If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist or facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi there, after a surgery of deviated septum and reducing of turbinates I am suffer from constant post nasal drip 24/7. No allergies?

Hi there, after a surgery of deviated septum and reducing of turbinates I am suffer from constant post nasal drip 24/7. No allergies?

Possibly: But it is best to first see your surgeon...If they check inside your nose and "all looks fine". Then see an allergist. Skin testing is easy. And they can prescribe very effective nasal sprays (minimal side effects).Also you can find out if you are allergic to your? Pets? Dust mites etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Unlikely: Having had a deviated septum myself, (car accident) this would very unlikely be the cause of your symptoms. A deviated septum typically only affect breathing through the nose. ...Read more

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Should I live with a deviated septum or get the surgery done? I'm having breathing problems from asthma/allergies and have bad post nasal drip.

Should I live with a deviated septum or get the surgery done? I'm having breathing problems from asthma/allergies and have bad post nasal drip.

Could be allergy: I would first see a board-certified allergist to determine if your symptoms are due to allergy & to what. The surgery would not help asthma nor underlying allergies. ...Read more

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Have a deviated nasal septum, don't want surgery. Been causing post nasal drip & bad breath for years, taking nasal spray & antihistamine. Not helping.

Reconsider: A deviated nasal septum can cause a lot of problems. My patients who have the surgery almost all wish they had it done sooner. Get in to see an ENT (maybe get a second opinion). He/she can give you more information pertinent to your case. Bad breathe and nasal drip can be a sign of sinusitis and if so, often needs antibiotics. So, a visit to a good ENT will be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Can a deviated septum and constant nasal drip cause mucus to build up on your upper lungs?

Not usually: It is highly unlikely that the mucus would end up in your lungs. Typically it is swallowed. ...Read more

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I have post nasal sinus drip every day from allergies and a deviated septum. Allergy relief meds only partially work. Any other ideas?

I have post nasal sinus drip every day from allergies and a deviated septum. Allergy relief meds only partially work. Any other ideas?

ENT Consult: Thanks for your inquiry, you should seek the opinion of an ENT surgeon in person, they may be able to offer both surgical and non-surgical options for your condition. ...Read more

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What is a deviated nasal septum?

What is a deviated nasal septum?

Septum=wall in nose: Septum is the latin word for wall and the nasal septum is the wall that divides the right side of the nasal cavity from the left. When it is deviated it shifts to one side or the other. If severe, it can alter. Slow or obstruct the flow of air on one side or the other. ...Read more

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What is a deviated nasal septum caused by?

Genetics, Trauma: Deviated septum is either caused by some form of nose trauma at any point in life, but it can also be caused by you inherited genes.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a deviated nasal septum?

Nasal blockage: The most common symptom of a deviated septum is blockage of the nasal passages. This usually affects one side more than the other and never goes away. If you suffer from constant nasal blockage then you should be evaluated by a qualified ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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Deviated nasal septum (right side), what to do?

Deviated nasal septum (right side), what to do?

See an ENT: A deviated septum only needs to be fixed if it is causing significant symptoms, typically nasal obstruction. Obviously, the term "signficant symptoms" is subjective and worth discussing with an ENT physician. ...Read more

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What are common causes of a deviated nasal septum?

Trauma: A septum can naturally grow to one side or the other and a trauma can deviate the septum. Either way the septum that is supposed to be straight and in the middle is blocking the airway on one side or the other and rarely on both sides. ...Read more

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What are some remedies for a deviated nasal septum?

What are some remedies for a deviated nasal septum?

Deviated Septum: A deviated nasal septum can make it more difficult to breathe through the nose and can make the nose look crooked. The breathing problem can be helped by surgery to remove or straighten the deviated septum. Health insurance may pay for this. Surgery can also be done to improve a crooked nose. This is a cosmetic procedure that most health insurance companies do not pay for. ...Read more

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What can be done to correct a deviated nasal septum?

Septoplasty: If you are noticing nasal blockage, you could consider a surgical procedure called septoplasty. This could relieve the obstruction from the deviated septum. ...Read more

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How much does it hurt to repair a deviated nasal septum?

Not much: Most of my patients complain of nose soreness rather than pain. There is some stuffiness and congestion that accompanies the recovery, but there should not be much pain. I should note that I do not use nasal packing after septoplasty...This was routinely done in years past and that nasal packing was quite painful. With these newer techniques, recovery is usually mild. ...Read more

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What can a crooked nasal septum or deviated septum cause?

What can a crooked nasal septum or deviated septum cause?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum can be corrected surgically to bring the septum to the midline. If there are symptoms like nasal obstruction, snoring or recurrent sinusitis, have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a recurring deviated nasal septum?

Uncommon: Recurrence of septal deviation is uncommon, but does happen occasionally due to the healing processes involved. Discuss this with your doctor befoer surgery. ...Read more

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