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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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What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

What is the best treatment for gerd? I don't have heartburn but I have constant post nasal drip symptoms & asthma. Which medications should I take?

GERD: Gerd and laryngopharnygeal reflux can be a significant trigger for asthma, see a specialist (allergist) familiar with both lpr and asthma if you pcp does not seem to understand this association or recommend appropriate or effective management. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with dysphagia caused by GERD and being treated for GERD . I am getting post nasal drip also can't sleep?

I have been diagnosed with dysphagia caused by GERD and being treated for GERD . I am getting post nasal drip also can't sleep?

Unquestionably: Diet. You are consuming empty calories, particularly the sweets. That is what is causing all your symptoms. Try it because it is cheap and will do no harm. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my chronic cough? (it is not asthma, gerd, post nasal drip or any of the other typical problems)

What could be the cause of my chronic cough? (it is not asthma, gerd, post nasal drip or any of the other typical problems)

Chronic cough: Medications is another cause. Have you been trialed on meds for the cough such as an anti-reflux pill for 4-6 weeks or an inhaled medication for 4-6 weeks since much of reflux is silent and there is a large component of something called cough variant asthma with totally normal breathing tests. ...Read more

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My breath has smelt acidy the past 2 days.cause? How do I fix it? I have gerd, post nasal drip. Recently gums bleed when brushing. Crown 1month ago

My breath has smelt acidy the past 2 days.cause? How do I fix it? I have gerd, post nasal  drip. Recently gums bleed when brushing. Crown 1month ago

Reduce acid: You need a acid reducer or controller to reduce the acid production . Do note that reflux may cause gum and dental problem as well. Have you talked to your doctor yet? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with silent gerd. I had post nasal drip and hoarsness. A few days later i experienced sinus congestion and 100.2 fever. I currentl?

I was diagnosed with silent gerd.  I had post nasal drip and hoarsness.  A few days later i experienced sinus congestion and 100.2 fever.  I  currentl?

Sinus infection?: With sinus congestion, post nasal drip, fever, I would wonder if you have a sinus infection. You may need antibiotics, so see your doctor. In the meantime, "Simply Saline" spray, a nettie pot, guaifeniscen, may all help. If you feel severely ill, go to the ER or urgent care center. GERD can be responsible for hoarseness, choking sensation, and a range of other symptoms OTHER than heartburn. ...Read more

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Have gerd. Was on aciphex (rabeprazole) for years but stopped like 6 months ago. Now my spit is like a yellow mucus. Is this post nasal drip caused by gerd?

Possibly: Ph probe studies have shown that acid reflux from the stomach can reach the nasopharynx (area behind nose). You may go back on Aciphex (rabeprazole) to see if this resolves the yellow mucus. What you describe is a nonspecific sign of inflammation. ...Read more

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Gerd, dog/grass/dust allergy, post nasal drip. Chronic barking cough. Which treatments to use and what is okay for long term use. Claritind long term?

Allergy comorbidity: An antihistamine/decongestant alone will not be adequate to control. There are several short and long term treatment possibilities. You need to see a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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Post nasal drip after uri. Lasts for 20 days. Only during winter. Coughs every 3 min. Following tests negative asthma, allergy, bronchoscopy, laryngoscopy. Currently treated for gerd. 13 yr old?

Post nasal drip after uri. Lasts for 20 days. Only during winter. Coughs every 3 min. Following tests negative asthma, allergy, bronchoscopy, laryngoscopy. Currently treated for gerd. 13 yr old?

Postnatal drip.: Following viral upper respiratory infections, it is not uncommon to have cough for 3 weeks. The lining of the respiratory tract has the blanket of very tiny hairs called cilia. The cilia gets destroyed during viral infections. Takes about three weeks for new cilia to be formed. Cilia is involved in getting the mucus out. ...Read more

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I have constant post nasal drip tickle cough till I throw up & indigestion at night and feel like I'm going to throw up too. GERD? Cold? 320lbs PCOS

I have constant post nasal drip tickle cough till I throw up & indigestion at night and feel like I'm going to throw up too. GERD? Cold? 320lbs PCOS

Good food: The easiest way to improve digestion, reduce weight, cholesterol, PCOS is by completely stopping grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Also avoid milk protein (milk, yogurt, cheese) since it causes insulin resistance and hormone imbalance Healthy food items such as eggs, fish, chicken, meats, vegetables, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Take probiotic daily ...Read more

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Does sore throat caused by post nasal drip and GERD get heeled and how much time is required after starting the medicines.chronic sore throat for 6 mn?

Does sore throat caused by post nasal drip and GERD get heeled and how much time is required after starting the medicines.chronic sore throat for 6 mn?

Sore throat: You have two different problems. The allergic post nasal drip will be solved with Flonase in a few weeks. The reflux will take a few months and will require Prilosec twice a day and Zantac at night. It can take 3 to 6 months to get better in most cases. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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How can I tell if my throat clearing (phlegm) is due to reflux or post nasal drip? I have GERD but I take a PPI & I thought it was controlled.

How can I tell if my throat clearing (phlegm) is due to reflux or post nasal drip? I have GERD but I take a PPI & I thought it was controlled.

It can be tough.: Your conundrum is a common one. Throat clearing can be a common sign of various conditions, including GERD but also allergies and common viral infections. It's difficult to tell the difference at times, but if your GERD is and has been well controlled, then perhaps you should consider alternatives. Other viral symptoms or nasal/eye itching could point you toward a cold or allergies, respectively. ...Read more

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I am useing e cig and have gerd. Sore throat for two weeks. Dr says it post nasal drip pills not working. Whatlse could it be? 2 neg strep test

I am useing e cig and have gerd. Sore throat for two weeks. Dr says it post nasal drip pills not working. Whatlse could it be? 2 neg strep  test

Smoke and E cigs: As a physician the only advice i can give based on your question is to have you stop smoking all together and to see if the throat symptoms clear. ...Read more

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Can a very mild sore throat and post nasal drip throat be caused by gerd?Myegd showed gastritis but nothing else-can i fix GERD thru diet and exercise

Can a very mild sore throat and post nasal drip throat be caused by gerd?Myegd showed gastritis but nothing else-can i fix GERD thru diet and exercise

Yes you can: Bottom line is weight control, increased weight, fat, caffeine in diet, all that can lead to gerd, if you succeed in reducing only 10% of your weigh, t initially, you will notice the difference, good luck. ...Read more

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I've had hoarseness and frequent throat clearing for years.Always thought it was post nasal drip but lately developed heart burn. Likely gerd related?

I've had hoarseness and frequent throat clearing for years.Always thought it was post nasal drip but lately developed heart burn. Likely gerd related?

Possible: Or rather LPR, laryngopharyngeal reflux, that's when the stomach acid reaches the throat in GERD. Kindly ask your doctor to refer you to an ENT specialist who would examine your upper airways too for the possible post nasal drip as well, you may need treatment for both conditions, LPR can be controlled when GERD is controlled, good luck ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip, throat clearing, soreness @upper rear of mouth/top of throat. Intermittent feeling of throat being restricted?not gerd/allergy

I have post nasal drip, throat clearing, soreness @upper rear of mouth/top of throat. Intermittent feeling of throat being restricted?not gerd/allergy

See ENT: I believe you need an ENT consult to evaluate your throat situation. You may not have GERD but possibly LPR (laryngopharyngeal reflux) which is not neccessarily associated with heart burns. Your ENT doctor should be able to help you on this issue. ...Read more

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