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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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Hi. Is there anything in Can take to take away my post nasal drip?

Hi. Is there anything in Can take to take away my post nasal drip?

Yes: Suggest nasal corticosteroid spray eg Avamys daily with non sedating antihistamine eg Telfast 120 mg daily. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for post nasal drip?

Any suggestions for post nasal drip?

Nasal saline: Nasal Saline or sinus rinse is a safe bet. Treatment depends the underlying cause. Nasal sprays help unless there is an infection. If it's uncomplicated allergies then an antihistamine may work. ...Read more

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