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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 tried just about everything for constant post nasal drip. I was taking nasacort (triamcinolone) for a while until I felt it wasn't helping. Would Flonase work?

I have tried just about everything for constant post nasal drip. I was taking nasacort (triamcinolone) for a while until I felt it wasn't helping. Would Flonase work?

See an ENT doctor: You probably have chronic sinusitis as well, nasal sprays alone might not help, see an ENT specialist or an Allergist, if have one in your area, goodluck ...Read more

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I have had post-nasal drip for two years now and I have tried everything, flonase, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, cingulair. Nothing seems to work. What should I d?

I have had post-nasal drip for two years now and I have tried everything, flonase, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, cingulair. Nothing seems to work. What should I d?

See physician: Different potential causes for long-standing post nasal drip are numerous and several potential interventions exist that you have not tried. Discuss with a physician who can examine you (preferably an allergist or ent) to begin the pathway towards finding relief. ...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.

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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Im taking Nasonex (mometasone) for post nasal drip/cough and it helped a lot. Is there a cheaper alternative like nasacort or Flonase that I can take with zyrtec?

Im taking Nasonex (mometasone) for post nasal drip/cough and it helped a lot. Is there a cheaper alternative like nasacort or Flonase that I can take with zyrtec?

?: Chronic rhinosinusitis is what you have given your brief description, could be allergies, the good news is that you responded to treatment, you can look for cheaper generics, but u might need other medicines, so your best bet would be proper professional help,better by an Allergist/ENT specialist, or your PCP who would refer you if needed, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in ur area ...Read more

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I have had post nasal drip for the past few months. I am taking Zyrtec. And Flonase. I cannot take pseudoephedrine it makes heart race. What can I do?

See allergist: If you have not responded to Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Flonase, it is time to consult an allergist. Pseudoephedrine provides decongestion but will not reduce the post-nasal drips. ...Read more

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How do you treat a post nasal drip chronic cough/ no runny nose in a 6 year old. Have been giving Claritin and Flonase for 3 months with no relief. ?

How do you treat a post nasal drip chronic cough/ no runny nose in a 6 year old. Have been giving Claritin and Flonase for 3 months with no relief. 

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Depends: ARe you sure the chronic cough is due to post nasal drip? It could be caused by asthma or reflux. Also you may not be using the Flonase properly, make sure it is pointed outward toward ear and use consistently on a daily basis. Claritin might not be strong enough antihistamine. Have child checked by pediatrician or allergist. ...Read more

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Have had major post nasal drip recently alleviated by flonase. In the wake of a clear throat, there are a few small red bumps coating it. Painless.

Have had major post nasal drip recently alleviated by flonase. In the wake of a clear throat, there are a few small red bumps coating it. Painless.

Not unusual: These are likely from lymphoid tissues (a cluster of white blood cells) induced by post-nasal drips or inflammation . They should improve within a couple of weeks if the post-nasal drips have been controlled. Sinus infection and reflux disease can also cause these bumps. ...Read more

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Can allergic rhinitis w/ severe post nasal drip and painful swollen l-neck gland bring on high blood press. prescription zyrtec, singulair, (montelukast) flonase, motrin?

Can  allergic rhinitis w/ severe post nasal drip and painful swollen l-neck gland bring on high blood press. prescription zyrtec, singulair, (montelukast) flonase, motrin?

Probably not: Allergic rhinitis is an immunological disease caused by mast cell degranulation and the release of mediators of inflammation, especially histamine. I suppose it is possible that mast cell inflammatory mediators could alter blood pressure. Also another possibility is anxiety caused by the presence of severe allergic response. In general most cases of hypertension are not caused by nasal allergy. ...Read more

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What is a natural, effective way to treat seasonal allergies? I've been taking Benadryl at night for post nasal drip. I'm also taking Flonase daily. I find my allergies are much worse in the evening.

What is a natural, effective way to treat seasonal allergies? I've been taking Benadryl at night for post nasal drip. I'm also taking Flonase daily. I find my allergies are much worse in the evening.

Seasonal allergies: Most allergy symptoms become worse or act up at night, what you currently take isn't controlling your symptoms, and the post nasal drip can be due to sinusitis as well. You need to see an allergist for evaluation and better control of your symptoms, meanwhile: saline nasal washes, make sure you are using flonase right and use it daily, instead of benadryl, take cetirizine or loratadine daily too ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip all year round. I use a humidifier, take Singulair, Xyzal, Flonase (2x a day) and it's still there. What's wrong w my sinuses?

I have post nasal drip all year round. I use a humidifier, take Singulair, Xyzal, Flonase (2x a day) and it's still there. What's wrong w my sinuses?

Post nasal drip: all year round, all the meds you mentioned and the humidifier may control inflammation / congestion some, but won't treat infection, may be something else in your surroundings is irritating your airways, e.g. a pet, however, you need to see a specialist: an ENT or an allergist / immunonlogist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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After successfully using Tamsulosin for years (BPH), its nasal congestion is no longer well controlled by Flonase. What are my alternatives?

After successfully using Tamsulosin for years (BPH), its nasal congestion is no longer well controlled by Flonase. What are my alternatives?

ENT: Since alpha blocker drugs like tamsulosin cause nasal congestion by vasodilation (as opposed to the vasoconstriction of a decongestant) I can see no reason why nasal steroids would be particularly helpful with congestion solely due to this medication. I suggest you see an ENT or allergy physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do about nasal congestion/inflammation swelling? Is nasonex (mometasone) or Flonase the only treatment?

Inflamed nose: It is a good treatment but some individuals improve by avoiding irritants or allergens. Others benefit from intranasal saline or cromolyns (nasalchrom) or antihistamines (astelex or astepro). Lastly if your problem is due to chronic allergies rebuilding your immune system with specific immunotherapy is a good idea. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Nasal congestion, sneezing. Taking Flonase, antihistamine and pain relief. Looks like a big bump blocking nasal package. What could it be?

Needs evaluation: Could be a nasal polyp, cyst, or other growth. Also could be an anatomical issue like a deviated septum. Most rhinitis symptoms are bilateral, not one-sided. Likely requires further workup by either an Allergist or ENT specialist to determine cause. ...Read more

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What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

What causes chronic nasal congestion which responds to afrin but not astelin, flonase, or sinus rinses? Can surgery even work in a case like this?

Afrin (oxymetazoline) rebound: Afrin (oxymetazoline) causes severe narrowing of the blood vessels in the nose and thus the effect on decongestion. However prolonged constriction leads to decrease blood supply to the tissue and may lead to permanent damages. The nose also becomes less responsive to afrin (oxymetazoline) with prolonged use . Flonase counteracts inflammation and Astelin is an antihistamine and neither constricts the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies? I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasonex, (mometasone) nasacort aq or flonase, which quicker for nasal congestion/ seasonal allergies?  I also nasal colloidal silve-nott o2 binding, will that work

Nasal sprays: All nasal steroids take a few days to start working and need to build up a dose before they become fully effective. Nasal antihistamines are quicker in onset of actiion. A combination nasal spray should help your symptoms for fast and long lasting relief. Now i don't know anything about the coooloidal silver spray you mentioned. ...Read more

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I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

I have ringing in ears, ear fullness and nasal drainage. On Flonase and Cipro, what else can I take to clear mucus and unblock ears?

Ear fullness ringing: I sometimes add ear drops like cortisporin to decrease the ear fullness as it contains steroids. I also add an antihistamine ( like Zyrtec) as it decreases the inflammatory process. Sometimes I use Astelin /astepro a nasal antihistamine spray in lieu of Flonase. Elevating head of bed and treating GERD , if presen,t w/ Zantac may help as GERD can exacerbate inflammation. f/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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Is azelastine and fluticasone effective for post nasal drip?

Is azelastine and fluticasone effective for post nasal drip?

One or the other: Depending on the cause of post nasal drip, either azelastine or fluticasone can be beneficial for allergic or non-allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis. All can cause post nasal drip, as can a cold. Saline nasal spray or rinses are also beneficial to improve post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Does fluticasone nasal spray help with post nasal drip from allergies?

Does fluticasone nasal spray help with post nasal   drip from allergies?

Yes: If used properly it should .Discus the proper method of spraying with your doctor. The nozzle should be pointed toward the eye and not centrally. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about post nasal drip and azelastine and fluticasone?

Can you tell me about post nasal drip and azelastine and fluticasone?

See Below: Post nasal drip is most often caused by allergies, although there is a syndrome called non-allergic rhinitis that can sometimes cause it. Flonase treats allergic inflammation which will reduce stuffiness and drainage. Azelastine will treat drainage, sneezing, itching, and it treats the non-allergic rhinitis if it's there as well. ...Read more

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Can Flonase be used 2x a day once am & once pm for nasal drip/allergies? If so, for how long can i continue this? Also on Xyzal, (levocetirizine) Zyrtec, & Singulair.

Can Flonase be used 2x a day once am & once pm for nasal drip/allergies? If so, for how long can i continue this? Also on Xyzal, (levocetirizine) Zyrtec, & Singulair.

See below.: Flonase is usually taken once per day, unless your doctor prescribing it has told you otherwise. Also, both Xyzal (levocetirizine) and Zyrtec are long-acting antihistamines, also usually taken only once per day. You should discuss all of your medications with your doctor and they can advise you of the best way to take your allergy medications. ...Read more

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26 year-old man with 4 years of gradually increasing swallowing problems, felt to be esophageal dysfunction, with normal chest and abdominal CT.....?

26 year-old man with 4 years of gradually increasing swallowing problems, felt to be esophageal dysfunction, with normal chest and abdominal CT.....?

Keep on looking: Your ethnicity and age makes Eosinophilic esophagitis EoE a strong suspect despite the biopsy findings. In fact I have a patient in whom it took a 3nd endoscopy and biopsy to finally show that he had indeed EoE as I had initially suspected. The one thing which is unusual is the oral thrush in the absence of steroid or diabetes. Thus a fasting metabolic panel may be worthwhile to rule out diabetes. The hypokalemia is also unexpected in the absence of any known cause. Here's what I would suggest:
(a)Get a fasting metabolic panel to rule diabetes if not done already.
(b)Try eliminating wheat, egg, milk, soy, and peanuts from your diet for a month and see if there is any change in your symptoms. If possible get scoped again for objective observation.
(c)Work with an allergist and nutritionist to make sure that you are on the right track.
Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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