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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

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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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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?

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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Broke nose month and half ago, dr's said my nose looked fine and wasnt 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 wasnt 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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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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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Deviated Nasal Septum (Definition)

A deviated nasal septum is a clinical finding in which the middle hard part of the nose is not centrally located but instead has shifted to one side of the face, typically ...Read more


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Nasal Congestion (Definition)

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