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I have drainage down the back of my throat, is it allergies or sinus?

I have drainage down the back of my throat, is it allergies or sinus?

Either...or both: Not enough information to make a diagnosis but I suspect some friends and relatives are trying. Here's a clue: allergic noses itch & sneeze while coughing is a sign of sinusitis. Watery runny nose? Think allergy. Thick goopy stuff? Sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis predisposes to sinusitis. Time to see your doctor?

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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Clear sinus drainage down back of throat, fever, body aches, fatigue. Cant take Nsaids or OTC meds, What else can I do for some relief.

Clear sinus drainage down back of throat, fever, body aches, fatigue. Cant take Nsaids or OTC meds, What else can I do for some relief.

Treat symptoms: Use tylenol for fever, headache or body aches. Use a netti pot or nasal rinses with water or saline for congestion. Use non-prescription antihistamines and/or steroid nasal spray for congestion. Honey, lime and whisky in hot water for sore throat. It should pass in 5-10 days if it's a virus.

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After a severe burn to sinuses 6 yrs later, can feel sinus drainage into scalp and down neck, ears pop, balance issues foot numbness. What tests?

After a severe burn to sinuses 6 yrs later, can feel sinus drainage into scalp and down neck, ears pop, balance issues foot numbness. What tests?

There R a few: Issues. Have u been having this issue for 6 years? How did u burn sinuses? I would see an ear nose and throat specialist but as a principle, nasal steroids would decrease inflammation, wash over eustachion tubes that drain into the back of the thrat and maybe help to drain the inner ear that mat be affecting balance. Drainage into scalp doesn't occur. Do you grind teeth at night or have insomnia?

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Can sinus drainage cause throat numbness?

Can sinus drainage cause throat numbness?

Postnasal drip: Postnasal drip, or mucous draining down from your sinuses, will not cause numbness unless perhaps you used a nasal spray that has some numbing medicine in it.

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Can a soar throat when waking up be caused by overnight sinus drainage?

Can a soar throat when waking up be caused by overnight sinus drainage?

2 separate physical: Issues in progression. Drainage=? mucous secretions, for whatever underlying reason (s). Throat pain another response for whatever underlying reason (s). Body responses under interacting Mind? Brain? Body controls. Clinical medicine mostly emphasizes only body behaviors/theories with little understanding of bigger issues. Why? Easier & lots of physical treatments promoted as easier/less complex options

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Constant sinus drainage in throat make glands hurt or is it an infection?

Constant sinus drainage in throat make glands hurt or is it an infection?

Sinus drainage: Sinus react to stimulus that cause the lining to release fluids in the attempt to clear them out. Concurrently throat pain indicates a wider area of stimulus to the body by an allergy, cold or virus. This needs evaluation by a md.

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I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat I can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out.?

I'm having a real bad dry throat and in the very back of my throat I can see sinus drainage plus blood. I can't cough (or hack) it out.?

Post nasal drip: Try saline irrigation of your nasal passage and spit it out of your mouth. See an ENT doctor to locate the source of bleeding and treatment of your possible sinusitis.

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My son had a fever a few days ago and now has sores on his throat. Can it be from sinus drainage if the fever is gone? Or is it the dreaded strep?

My son had a fever a few days ago and now has sores on his throat. Can it be from sinus drainage if the fever is gone? Or is it the dreaded strep?

Coxsackie virus: Small ulcers on the back of the throat (retropharynx) suggest the possibility of infection with coxsackie virus (herpangina), but without seeing these it is impossible to be sure. It may also be other conditions, but not likely to be strep. The best way to be sure is to visit the doctor and get tested.

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Been feeling like there is something stuck in the right side of my throat. Have been having, a lot of sinus drainage and I have gerd. What could it be?

Inflamed - see ENT: Your esophagus sounds like it's inflamed, probably from the gerd. Sinus drainage causes post nasal drip which can feel like something stuck in the throat. See an ent.

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Soreness in throat. Feels like soreness from sinus drainage but only is in 1certain spot. What could it be? (feels swollen like strep but doesn't hurt)

Soreness in throat. Feels like soreness from sinus drainage but only is in 1certain spot. What could it be? (feels swollen like strep but doesn't hurt)

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu it is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain; see your pcp for evaluation. For headache as an abortive NSAID otc. Hope it helps.

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Have sinus in head with drainage causing soar throat and occasional body aches for the past week?

See your pcp: Sinus infections will often clear on their own. Indications for treatment with antibiotics are when they persist for 10 days or more, cause significant discomfort or fevers. Your aches are likely secondary to infection and are a result of your immune response to your infection.

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I've had lots of sinus drainage for a few days and today, my throat is really sore. It only really hurts when I yawn. What should I do to cure this?

Not to worry.: Sinus drainage and a sore throat for a few days sounds like a virus. It may get worse over the next couple days these upper respiratory infections should begin to improve after 7-10 days. The best thing to do is treat the symptoms with otc meds. Watch for persistent high fever, problems breathing, etc. If you are not getting better after 7-10 days, you may benefit from seeing a primary care doc.

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What med is best to take for sinus drainage and raw/sore throat?

Saline rinses: You might try using a neti-pot for saline irrigations combined with a decongestant.

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What are some good remedies for a sore throat caused by sinus drainage?

What are some good remedies for a sore throat caused by sinus drainage?

Stop the drip: Depending on the cause of the sinus drainage: allergy, infection, etc. If allergy: try antihistamines like claritin, zyrtec, etc which are otc, nasal salt water rinses, and get a prescription steroid nasal spray from your doctor if that doesn't help. Throat sprays and gargles can help temporarily. Good luck!

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Burp all the time. Sometimes can't seem to get a deep breath or burp when getting breath. Clear throat a lot. Some noticeable sinus drainage.?

Burp all the time. Sometimes can't seem to get a deep breath or burp when getting breath. Clear throat a lot. Some noticeable sinus drainage.?

GI: Do you have problems swallowing food? Any history of acid reflux/GERD?
Please visit a GI specialist for an upper endoscopy. Sinus drainage probably unrelated. Good luck.

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I have sinus drainage that mostly bothers my throat and causes nausea and fatigue for going on eight months w no other symptoms. What can I do to help?

Rinse/nose spray: Are effective in treating postnasal drip. Saline rinse with devices such as the netti pot are effective in reducing sinus inflammation. Also seeing a doctor for evaluation of nasal turbinates and potentially giving you a prescription for a nasal antihistamine or steroid might help. Other ways to improve this include eliminating dairy and gluten for 2 weeks to see if it helps. If no help, restart.

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Have white spots on both side of throat. Not on tonsils, in the back on the side of throat. Could it be sinus drainage?

Have white spots on both side of throat. Not on tonsils, in the back on the side of throat. Could it be sinus drainage?

Could be...: Although sinus drainage tends to be more like mucous and not "spots". Other causes include thrush, leukoplakia, aphthous ulcers (if it's painful). Try gargling with warm water with a bit of epson salt - gargle then spit out. If that clears it, then it probably is just sinus drainage! :) Thanks for using Healthtap!

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I've been having sinus drainage. I now noticed 2 pink pea-sized bumps on the right side of my throat where tonsil was, scared it's cancer?

I've been having sinus drainage. I now noticed 2 pink pea-sized bumps on the right side of my throat where tonsil was, scared it's cancer?

Get it seen: These are most likely minor tonsils that have regrown after your tonsillectomy. Ask your physician to have a look, since you're concerned.

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