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I have lots of head congestion and post nasal drip, but no runny nose. Should I worry?

I have lots of head congestion and post nasal drip, but no runny nose. Should I worry?

Congestion: Not unless it lasts for more than 10-14 days or you develop high fevers. Decongestants, nasal saline irrigation and nasal steroids might help. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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Have sinus pressure & post nasal drip w/ no runny nose. Hands are shaky and ears are ringing, had eyes checked, all good. Afraid of brain tumor.?

Have sinus pressure & post nasal drip w/ no runny nose. Hands are shaky and ears are ringing, had eyes checked, all good. Afraid of brain tumor.?

Probably not!: At 20 yo your symptoms point more towards a basic sinus issue, with a possible underlying anxiety disorder. If your hand shake all the time, you may have some familial tremor or something else, but most likely not a brain tumor. If the shaking is constant, than see a neurologist to get it evaluated. Best wishes. ...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.?

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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Can Ipratropium Bromide nasal spray help with post-nasal drip? No runny nose or front nasal discharge, just the drip. Not linked to allergy (per ENT)

Can Ipratropium Bromide nasal spray help with post-nasal drip? No runny nose or front nasal discharge, just the drip. Not linked to allergy (per ENT)

Depends: It depends on the cause for the post-nasal drips. If the nasal drips is not linked to nasal stuffiness, sneezing, or runny nose, one needs to consider other causes (sinus infection for example). If your nose and eyes itch, it is likely from allergy which can confirmed by the history and skin testing. One can't tell whether one has an allergic problem by looking at the nose and throat alone. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of bad sore throat that follows post nasal drip and runny nose. What is this? Allergies or something serious

How do I get rid of bad sore throat that follows post nasal drip and runny nose. What is this? Allergies or something serious

Post Nasal Drip: Postnasal drip is likely secondary to allergies. The best treatment is intranasal steroid sprays with the addition of over-the-counter antihistamines like Chlor-Trimeton. It is important to see an allergist for further work up to determine what triggers are making your symptoms worse. Avoidance of trigger is key, unlikely something serious if you can feel dripping. Common cause of sore throat. ...Read more

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Got meds for flu. Feels like sumthin stuck in throat, post nasal drip, phlegm, runny nose, tight chest but shld I worry about upper dull/heavy back pain?

Got meds for flu. Feels like sumthin stuck in throat, post nasal drip, phlegm, runny nose, tight chest but shld I worry about upper dull/heavy back pain?

Rx meds?: Have you been examined by a Dr? Hard to know over the internet, but I would want to examine you to be sure that you are not developing pneumonia, maybe order a chest x-ray. If symptoms are not improving, please contact your Dr for evaluation ...Read more

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For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

For 2 weeks now have had bad nasal congestion, post nasal drip, constant runny nose. Very bad congestion & nasal drip won't go away. What to do?

Sinus: I suspect this started like an ordinary cold but at this point you may have a sinus infection. Contact your doctor for a more in-depth evaluation since a number of questions need to be answered. Allergy is unlikely at this time of year if you haven't had it before. ...Read more

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Sinus pressure behind eyes and in temples, post nasal drip but no cough or runny nose. Start of a cold or an could it be an allergy?

Sinus pressure behind eyes and in temples, post nasal drip but no cough or runny nose. Start of a cold or an could it be an allergy?

Sinus disease: It sounds like you have sinus disease. This could be sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the sinuses), sinus congestion or it could be an early sign of a cold or allergy. You should see your primary doctor or ENT doctor for evaluation. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Can having a deviated septum cause really bad post nasal drip? Anytime I have a runny nose, the snot will fall to my mouth and I gag on it.

Post nasal drip: Post nasal drip is not caused by a deviated septum. Rather it is caused by allergic rhinitis. You can have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...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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I am experiencing heart palpitations and nasal congestion. The following also describe me: Nasal drainage, Difficulty breathing through nose, Post nasal drip, Runny nose, Feeling anxious, Sneezing, Sore throat, Cough, and Thick saliva or mucus.?

I am experiencing heart palpitations and nasal congestion. The following also describe me: Nasal drainage, Difficulty breathing through nose, Post nasal drip, Runny nose, Feeling anxious, Sneezing, Sore throat, Cough, and Thick saliva or mucus.?

Nasal congestion: Your symptoms are consistent with an upper respiratory infection which could be viral or bacterial. You did not note how long you have had symptoms. If over 7-10! days would recommend seeing an ENT specialist to see if you need antibiotics. Also would check your pulse, not sure if the palpitations are from medicine you are taking or your illness. ...Read more

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What over the counter meds will help with my symptoms of post nasal drip, runny nose, headache and body aches. I also have a slight cough. I?

What over the counter meds will help with my symptoms of post nasal drip, runny nose, headache and body aches. I also have a slight cough. I?

Decongestant and ASA: A decongestant like pseudoephedrine will dry up your nasal secretions, hence also stop postnasal drip;. Headache and body aches should be helped by a NSAID like ibuprofen. ...Read more

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I have recently got new contact lenses, how do I overcome the runny nose and post-nasal drip when wearing them? Do I have to get used to it?

Not a normal symptom: I'm not sure why you have those symptoms. Are your eyes tearing a lot? If so, you may be exacerbating dry eyes or the lenses may not be fitting properly. Alternatively you may be worsening your allergies. Are your lids swollen at all? If it doesn't improve, see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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My tonsils hurt and now I'm getting congestion runny nose post nasal drip?

My tonsils hurt and now I'm getting congestion runny nose post nasal drip?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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Cough started a month ago, got better, then runny nose started, cough came back, still have post nasal drip&itchy throat causing some coughing, normal?

Cough started a month ago, got better, then runny nose started, cough came back, still have post nasal drip&itchy throat causing some coughing, normal?

Chronic cough: It is likely that your chronic cough is due to chronic rhinitis. Itchy throat, nasal congestion are signs of rhinitis. In the us the most common cause of rhinitis is allergy. It is not normal to have chronic cough. You should have it checked with a local physician to get proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

I am experiencing nasal congestion, nasal drainage, runny nose, sneezing, post nasal drip and sinus pain.

Common cold: The common cold virus can cause all your symptoms; care is purely supportive in nature. Antibiotics can't cure a viral infection. If your symptoms persist for more than 10 days or progressively worsen, there may be a role for antibiotic treatment of a sinus infection. Please see a doctor if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Symptoms: nasal congestion–both nostrils; runny nose every few days; post-nasal drip; sneezing; never tested for allergies. Advice, please?

Cold or allergies: Cold and allergy symptoms can be similar. Allergies tend to be chronic or recurrent and generally involve sneezing, itchy eyes, clear runny nose and/or nasal congestion. Cold symptoms usually involve less sneezing and itching and more congestion often with thicker or discolored mucous. ...Read more

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Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.

Can you have chronic sinusitis without a stuffy nose? I have a lot of sinus pressure, runny nose, headache, post nasal drip, NO CONGESTION.

Yes: Sure that doesn't doing completely unreasonable- you could have maxillary or frontal sinusitis and this may not necessarily affect your nasal passage or make you stuffy. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I think I've had post nasal drip for a week now. It's not a cold. My throat was swollen but not sore now cough and runny nose. What can I do/take.

Stuffy nose: Stuffy nose, runny nose and sore throat are signs and symptoms of rhinopharyngitis, either due to a viral infection, a cold or an allergy flare up. Cold symptoms should not last more than 2 weeks. Allergies tend to last longer and recur often either seasonal or all year round. You can try first with otc cold/sinus medications. Go see a doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip cause the tonsils to be red and some soreness? Runny nose, sinus headache, and tonsil area red and sore. Thanks :)

Can post nasal drip cause the tonsils to be red and some soreness? Runny nose, sinus headache, and tonsil area red and sore. Thanks :)

Not usually: Post-nasal drips do not affect the tonsils. With the cluster of symptoms, you need to rule out the presence of sinusitis. Absent that, acid reflux may affect the lingual tonsil (that one which sits behind your tongue and not usually visible) and occasionally the oropharyngeal tonsils if the reflux reaches as high as your mouth. See ENT. ...Read more

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Sore throat. ..slight cough...losing voice. Hurts to talk or cough. No really stuffy or runny nose at all... A little post nasal drip. Run down/tired?

Sore throat. ..slight cough...losing voice. Hurts to talk or cough. No really stuffy or runny nose at all... A little post nasal drip. Run down/tired?

Viral syndrome: You likely have a viral syndrome, though a specific diagnosis is impossible. To make with just the description. A doctor's visit is recommended - depending on the specifics, testing for HIV, strept, and mono ate considerations. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Severe post nasal drip for a week. No cough, sore throat, runny nose or sinus pressure. Throat feels like it is closing, causing panic. Any ideas?

Severe post nasal drip for a week. No cough, sore throat, runny nose or sinus pressure. Throat feels like it is closing, causing panic. Any ideas?

Allergies & anxiety: One idea would be allergies and anxiety. Get an appt with your doctor and if you have both of these then Hydoxyzine HCL may be a good medicine for you to be prescribed as it is an anti-histamine ans well as FDA approved for anxiety. Inhaled corticosteroid nasal sprays may help too. See your Dr for appt. ...Read more

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For 5 years or so, feel like left sinus has mucus that I assume must be slow to drain. No congestion or runny nose. No pain. No post nasal drip.

See ENT: You need to get this checked out if this bothers you but I don't understand why you are complaining of mucus when there is no drainage (runny nose or postnasal drips). Please clarify ...Read more

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I have congestion, runny nose, sore throat, post nasal drip and a good bit of sneezing, I have no fever. And no other symptoms. Is this a cold or flu?

I have congestion, runny nose, sore throat, post nasal drip and a good bit of sneezing, I have no fever. And no other symptoms. Is this a cold or flu?

Allergies?: I’d think allergic rhinitis, as by your description you don’t sound infected. The sore throat is curious, but with an infection there’d be fever, chills, sweats, achiness, weakness and fatigue, generally speaking. But get evaluated locally by a doctor to be safe. The flu season this year is horrible. ...Read more

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Do medicine that's suppose to be for nasal congestion and runny nose really work?

Do medicine that's suppose to be for nasal congestion and runny nose really work?

Yes, usually: Nasal congestion and runny nose can be a symptom of many disorders. If the underlying problem is allergies, nasal steroid sprays are very effective and antihistamines help. If symptoms are from a cold, it will just take time. If symptoms are from sinus infection, then antibiotics will be useful. If symptoms are related to pregnancy, they will resolve when the baby is born. ...Read more

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I have chest congestion, fever, cough, nasal congestion and runny nose. What could I have?

I have chest congestion, fever, cough, nasal congestion and runny nose. What could I have?

Several possibilitie: This could represent a common cold, bronchitis, allergies or even pneumonia. For definitive diagnosis and treatment, you need to see your doctor. Without a fever, this likely has a viral etiology so antibiotics may not be necessary or helpful. ...Read more

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What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

What is it? I have sinus pain and toothache. The following also describe me: Runny nose, Headache, and Nasal drainage

Sinusitis: Inflammation of the maxillary sinuses will often result in pain in the maxillary molar and premolar area. The roots of these teeth are in such close proximity to the floor of the sinus that the pain becomes referred. ...Read more

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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more