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Post Nasal Drip (Overview)

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 the "post nasal" area.


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What can cause post nasal drip into air passage in thoat and what can I do to stop it.

What can cause post nasal drip into air passage in thoat and what can I do to stop it.

Post nasal drip: Hello. The nasal mucus could be excessive especially during allergy season. I would recommend first a nasal saline wash. Sometimes just removing the pollen from the lining inside your nose is effective. Another option would be an OTC antihistamine like Zyrtec, Allegra or Claritin. Each is available an generic too. Good luck. ...Read more

Post Nasal Drip (Overview)

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 the "post nasal" area.


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What does it mean if I have post nasal drip?

What does it mean if I have post nasal drip?

Different reasons: The most common reasons for postnasal drip (pn hereandafter) are colds, allergies, chronic sinus inflammation, esophageal reflux, especially in small kids, polyps (nasal). Try neti pot sinus rinses. That seems to help a lot. Simple anti-allergy meds - allegra, zyrtec, claritin. If reflux is a case, may try acid reducers - zantac, (ranitidine) prilosec, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat post nasal drip?

How can I treat post nasal drip?

Moisture: Everyone has mucous in back of nose. If you are bothered by it it is because it is too thick (dry). 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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My child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. How do I treat this?

My child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. How do I treat this?

Post nasal drip: See an allergist to rule out an allergic condition. You can also see an ENT specialist to rule out nasal polyps or chronic sinusitis ...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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What are the most common symptoms of post nasal drip?

Drainage: People with post nasal drip may have a tickle cough, snorting to clear throat, snoring, waking up with a dry throat. This can be caused or made worse by allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis or even acid reflux all the way up to the sinuses. ...Read more

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Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Nasal saline: Sometimes use of a saline solution flushed into the nose using a neti pot or squeeze bottle can help post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Any medicine to cure post nasal drip which causes bad breath.

Any medicine to cure post nasal drip which causes bad breath.

Decongestants: Decongestants can be taken orally in pill form, or nasally, in spray form.
These treat symptoms only. Get examined and find out what's causing your problem.
You may have inhalation allergies, it which case your dr. May wish to treat differently. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of post nasal drip completely?

How can I get rid of post nasal drip completely?

Intranasal steroids: In addition to using a neti pot, antihistamines (like zyrtek, Allegra and claritin), intranasal steroids (like Nasonex (mometasone) and flonase) prescribed by your doctor can work very well to relieve post nasal drip. The intranasal steroids take a few days to kick in, so don't expect to get a lot of relief right away. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent post-nasal drip from allergies? Happens especially at night.

What can I do to prevent post-nasal drip from allergies? Happens especially at night.

Antihistamines: Antihistamines help reduce allergy induced post nasal drip. Other ways to treat allergies in general:
1. Avoidance measure
2. Steroid nasal sprays
3. Decongestants
4. Antihistamine nasal sprays
5. Cromolyn sprays
6. Anticholinergic sprays
7. Saline sprays
8. Allergy shots. ...Read more

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Is it true that milk causes more phlegm. What foods should be avoided by people with post nasal drip, ? What food is recommended? Is chocolate bad here

Is it true that milk causes more phlegm. What foods should be avoided by people with post nasal drip, ? What food is recommended? Is chocolate bad here

Milk and phlegm: It is an old wive's tale. Someone with post nasal drip can eat whatever they like - eating certain foods won't help or hurt nasal congestion or a runny nose though warm fluids ie soup, tea etc will have a soothing effect. Chocolate isn't bad either. ...Read more

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Since I've been offantibiotics and predinsone, I've had more post nasal drip. Nose still gets stuffy and fullness in forehead. Could this be blockage?

Since I've been offantibiotics and predinsone, I've had more post nasal drip. Nose still gets stuffy and fullness in forehead. Could this be blockage?

Tis the season: It's allergy season, and especially for those who suffer from sinus disease and or have nasal polyps its the worst it can get right now. Most allergists and ENT specialists try to have their patients on optimal therapy. Nasal saline irrigations have revolutionized care for chronic sufferers, reducing the number of nasal/sinus surgeries tremendously. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get post nasal drip?

Yes: Postnasal drip is a common symptom of colds, sinus infections, and allergies. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get post nasal drip off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get post nasal drip off and on?

Yes, if allergic: Post nasal drip can be due to allergies, infection, or acid reflux. Allergic diseases have a partial genetic basis. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip and it makes me choke keeps trying to go down wrong pipe and I start choking?

I have post nasal drip and it makes me choke keeps trying to go down wrong pipe and I start choking?

Post nasal drip: Being in a very dry environment from heating or air conditioning can be the cause. Allergies, nasal polyps and chronic sinus infection are other possibilities. Depending upon the cause, nasal saline sprays, decongestants, antihistamines, antibiotics, humidifiers and mucus thinners are some treatments. An Otolaryngologist can evaluate, advise and treat you. ...Read more

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How does post nasal drip feel?

How does post nasal drip feel?

Like stuff in throat: It feels like secretion in the throat prompting a need to swallow more, clear the throat, cough, and a feeling like there is something in the throat. The drip is either from the nose/sinuses or coming up from gastric reflux even if there is no heartburn. ...Read more

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What is the cause of post nasal drip?

What is the cause of post nasal drip?

Post nasal drip: The most common causes are allergies or chronic sinus infections. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of post nasal drip?

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is mucus produced by your dinuses or nose that drips down the back of your nose and causes irritation of the throat. ...Read more

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Could tukol help for post nasal drip?

Could tukol help for post nasal drip?

No probably not: Tukol - Dextromethorphan (cough suppressant), guaifenesin (mucous thinner), pseudoephedrine (decongestant) will not likely help your post nasal drip. If it is chronic a visit to the Allergist or ENT is in order. ...Read more

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How to treat post nasal drip?

Find the cause: To select the right medication to treat post nasal drip means finding the underlying reason. This could include allergies, sinus infection and even stomach acid reflux. If there is eye itching, redness and watering as well as sneezing and itchy nose, this suggests allergies. If there is a bad taste in the mouth, cough, sinus pressure, this could mean sinus issues. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Is post nasal drip contagious?

Is post nasal drip contagious?

No: PND is not in and of itself contagious. It depends on the cause, it can be indicative of allergic rhinitis (allergies) which is not contagious. If due to a common cold, then could be infectious. ...Read more

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What is the cure for post nasal drip?

Depends on the cause: The worst phrase in medicine is "post nasal drip". I hate it because it implies that what you are feeling has something to do with your nose. Your symptoms of the feeling of abnormal mucous in your throat might be due to your nose and then again might not. In my experience the most common cause is what we eat and drink often associated with reflux leading to throat irritation. See an ENT for exam. ...Read more

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What is the cure for post nasal drip?

What is the cure for post nasal drip?

Depends on cause: Post nasal drip is from acid reflux, too dry saliva, retained throat secretions because the pharynx can't clear them, pharyngeal diverticulitis, foreign body sensation from globus, habit, chronic nasopharyngitis, and others. It rarely indicates a serious condition but I would be most concerned if there is coughing or choking with swallowing, hoarseness, or abnormal swallowing. Know cause to treat. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip and its driving me nuts.?

I have post nasal drip and its driving me nuts.?

See Below: Post nasal drip is usually caused by allergies creating increased mucous in the nose which runs down the back of your throat. You can also get post nasal drip from things that irritate your nose that you are not allergic to like pollution, smoke, perfumes, and other strong smelling things. It can be treated with antihistamines and if that fails see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the natural ways of preventing post nasal drip?

What are the natural ways of preventing post nasal drip?

Post nasal drip: Hello, PND is related to inflammatory changes within the nasal passages. A holistic approach would be to begin with a saline nasal lavage. This can wash away irritants to help resolve the cause. If it worsens or persists, visit your physician. ...Read more

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