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22 year old son has had a cough post nasal drip and congestion for months. Is our first trip to an ENT or allergist?

22 year old son has had a cough post nasal drip and congestion for months. Is our first trip to an ENT or allergist?

Depends: if his symptoms responded to antihistamines like Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) I'd say allergist. If not, then ENT. Or you could go to an ENT that is certified in allergy treatment. ...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


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Runny stuffy nose (clear). Post nasal drip. Chest congestion/burning chest. Body aches. No fever. Cold or allergies? Treatment? Thank you!

Runny stuffy nose (clear).  Post nasal drip.  Chest congestion/burning chest.  Body aches.  No fever.  Cold or allergies? Treatment?  Thank you!

Viral URI: Sounds like a viral upper respiratory tract infection. You may have some ill contacts with similar symptoms. Body aches pretty characteristic of virus and not of allergy. ...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 have post nasal drip but no nose congestion. How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

I have post nasal drip but no nose congestion.  How should I treat it? I think I might be getting a sinus infection.

Possible Sinusitis: The diagnosis of a bacterial sinus infection can be be quite difficult. Most causes of post nasal drip will not require antibiotics. Certainly facial pain and postnasal drip are important signs and can make you feel miserable. Your doctor will need to get more details such as duration and other underlying conditions such as a cold or allergies. I hope your hypothyroidism is under control. ...Read more

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Post-Nasal drip, no cough, no congestion, but slightly sore throat from the drip. Only small vocal loss, close to none. Could it just be the dry air?

Post-Nasal drip, no cough, no congestion, but slightly sore throat from the drip. Only small vocal loss, close to none. Could it just be the dry air?

May be, but: could be as well chronic rhinosinusitis, (inflammation of the nasal cavity and the sinuses, an allergist/ ENT would help you, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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How can I deal with chronic congestion and post-nasal drip?

How can I deal with chronic congestion and post-nasal drip?

Evaluation: You can have allergy testing with an allergist or blood test for allergy to find out what are you allergic to. Treatment can be with avoidance of allergens, steroids nasal spray as well as antihistamine medication. ...Read more

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I've had bad allergies for 3 weeks now. Have tried an assortment of allergy meds. Now im the same but a whole lot of congestion and post nasal drip.

I've had bad allergies for 3 weeks now. Have tried an assortment of allergy meds. Now im the same but a whole lot of congestion and post nasal drip.

Allergies: If the medicines you have been taking are not helping, it is probably time to see your doctor. You may have an infection or simply need different medication. ...Read more

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Can the doctor do anything for chest congestion and post nasal drip?

Can the doctor do anything for chest congestion and post nasal drip?

Sinus/chest symptoms: Your doctor can definitely help your postnasal drip and chest congestion. Nasal sprays can help your postnasal drip, and mucolytics can break up the mucous in your chest. Feel better. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion refers to any situation of "backup of fluid." Congestion may refer to the sinuses being backed up with mucus, while pulmonary congestion refers to a backup of fluid into the lungs due to ...Read more


Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Nasal Congestion (Definition)

A blocked nose is the sensation caused by a nasal passage congested with mucus, which can occur during a ...Read more