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Allergies, post nasal drip, occasionally stuffy nose with clear and sometimes bloody mucus. Sore throat and pressure/headaches on forehead. Sinusitis?

Allergies, post nasal drip, occasionally stuffy nose with clear and sometimes bloody mucus. Sore throat and pressure/headaches on forehead. Sinusitis?

Could: Be or upper respiratory tract infections. Gargle with warm saline, plenty of fluids. Take decongestants and see your doctor ...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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Chronic post nasal drip, headache, stuffy nose, face pain. I think I've tried everything. Been on antibiotics also. What else can I do?

Chronic post nasal drip, headache, stuffy nose, face pain. I think I've tried everything. Been on antibiotics also. What else can I do?

See an ENT MD: You need to discuss your symptoms with an ENT MD. You will get a good exam, likely fiberoptic nasal endoscopy, and likely will consider allergy testing and CT imaging study of the paranasal sinuses. There are a lot more options for treatment that you have not tried. ...Read more

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I was prescribed atrovent spray for a cough that may be caused by post nasal drip. I have stuffy nose, can't breath; fear that spray will worsen.

I was prescribed atrovent spray for a cough that may be caused by post nasal drip. I have stuffy nose, can't breath; fear that spray will worsen.

Asthma: Your doc must have thought that there was an asthmatic component to your condition. But atrovent (ipratropium) won't help any other URI symptoms. Get re-evaluated if you're not making progress. ...Read more

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Feels like allergies, but allergy testing is negative. Itchy water eyes, itchy clogged ears, post nasal drip, stuffy nose, sinus infections, sneezing?

Feels like allergies, but allergy testing is negative. Itchy water eyes, itchy clogged ears, post nasal drip, stuffy nose, sinus infections, sneezing?

Can still be allergy: Allergy testing only rules out what is being tested for. I would look at what helps the symptoms and to see what seems to trigger the symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm getting over a cold from last week but I still have a stuffy nose with lots mucus and post nasal drip. How do I get rid of it? Slightly thick clear

I'm getting over a cold from last week but I still have a stuffy nose with lots mucus and post nasal drip. How do I get rid of it? Slightly thick clear

See doctor: About 10% of the people end up with a sinus infection after a cold especially when the symptoms persist >10 days. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Cold for a couple days. It's gone. Just very slight stuffy nose rarely runny. Post nasal drip very thick yellow and lots of blood looks like a clot?

Cold for a couple days. It's gone. Just very slight stuffy nose rarely runny. Post nasal drip very thick yellow and lots of blood looks like a clot?

Sinus infection?: You likely have a sinus infection. The unusual aspect is that it usually occurs from 7-10 days after a cold and not coming on this soon. See doctor. ...Read more

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I have been trying to get over a cold all week Day 10 =/. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this stuffy nose, post nasal drip, and wet cough?

I have been trying to get over a cold all week Day 10 =/. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this stuffy nose, post nasal drip, and wet cough?

Cold Remedies: If you have no other health problems, give Sudafed (pseudoephredine) and Afrin nasal spray a try. Along with A Robitussin like product. Generally after 10 days for an adult, I recommended getting evaluated.
Don't forget ginger, chicken broth, and water as well! ...Read more

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Can I take afrin nasal spray and azelastine around the same time? Have cold and want afrin for stuffy nose. Want azelastine for post nasal drip.

Can I take afrin nasal spray and azelastine around the same time? Have cold and want afrin for stuffy nose. Want azelastine for post nasal drip.

Yes: You can safely use afrin twice a day for 3-5 days without any prolonged harmful effects i.e. Rebound congestion. This would actually allow improved delivery of Astelin to your nasal passages when they are swollen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have rhinitis with only post nasal drip or throat clearing symptoms? (I do not have a stuffy nose at present)

Yes: If the fleshy lining of the inside of the nose doesn't swell up very much, then the nose won't feel stuffy. Both cold symptoms and allergy symptoms can cause post-nasal drip without stuffing up the nose. Symptoms vary from person to person, and from "illness" to "illness". ...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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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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I get sinus infections in spring/fall and just got a toy poodle and have stuffy nose and post nasal drip for the past few weeks. What can I do?

I get sinus infections in spring/fall and just got a toy poodle and have stuffy nose and post nasal drip for the past few weeks. What can I do?

Antihistamines: Many people safely use over the counter Claritin (loratadine) or Loratadine and see if this helps - talk with your pharmacist about any meds you take as they are a valuable source of information for interactions, etc. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a stuffed nose. I bought an air purifier which I guess isn't helping. I have post nasal drip symptoms. What should I do?

? see allergist: If this is a long standing issue I would suggest a consult before you waste more money. That said, air filtration can take days before the effects are seen. ...Read more

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As soon as pica of dust returned I have a cold that has left a wierd taste from post nasal drip in my mouth, stuffed nose and some lumps in phelgm?

As soon as pica of dust returned I have a cold that has left a wierd taste from post nasal drip in my mouth, stuffed nose and some lumps in phelgm?

F/u w/ doc: Don't start smoking! If this is caused by particles of dust in the environment, I think of fungi or other organisms, especially with the weird taste you mentioned. This needs to be evaluated by your doc so that he can see you throat and poss your sinuses and do some cultures. ...Read more

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Nasal congestion which causes shortness of breath especially at night when lying down. Not a mouth breather. Is it normal with stuffy nose? .

Nasal congestion which causes shortness of breath especially at night when lying down. Not a mouth breather. Is it normal with stuffy nose? .

Expected: With an upper respiratory tract infection to have some shortness of breath, especially at night, lower airways can be affected too causing such, if you are really suffering see your doctor, you may need some inhaler bronchodilator to use as needed during this attack of upper respiratory tract infection, or may need to see an allergist for comprehensive assessment, goodluck ...Read more

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Stuffy nose and my OB said it might be due to allergies. I've never had allergies before. 25 weeks pregnant, and was told it was safe to take zyrtec. Will it help for nasal congestion? Is it drowsy?

Stuffy nose and my OB said it might be due to allergies. I've never had allergies before. 25 weeks pregnant, and was told it was safe to take zyrtec. Will it help for nasal congestion? Is it drowsy?

Zyrtec (cetirizine): It is ok to take it in pregnacy yet it is not a decongestant. If you need that mucinex is a safe option to help break up mucus. Zyrtec isn't drowsy like benadryl (diphenhydramine) ...Read more

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My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose. So kindly tell me the best medicine?

My upper respiratory symptoms are runny nose 24 hour, mild cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, stuffy nose. So kindly tell me the best medicine?

See below: You have a cold. I recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges if sore throat. Take Robitussin-DM for cough. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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Have stuffy nose everyday and nasal drip. Where can I find a remedy?

Have stuffy nose everyday and nasal drip. Where can I find a remedy?

Stuffy and drippy: Hello, your symptoms sound like allergy. Your remedy may be in the otc section of your pharmacy. Antihistamines such as claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec or Allegra may help. Each is available as a generic too! If this doesn't help, see your doctor for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the stomach virus to affect the respiratory system INSTEAD of the GI tract? Meaning to manifest itself as a stuffy nose/nasal drip?

Is it possible for the stomach virus to affect the respiratory system INSTEAD of the GI tract? Meaning to manifest itself as a stuffy nose/nasal drip?

No, but...: Generally, viruses which affect the digestive tract do not usually also affect the respiratory system. However, there are many viruses which can affect the respiratory system. So it's not likely that it's the same one, but it is likely that it is a virus. Drink lots of liquids, get plenty of sleep, and most of the time respiratory viruses get better on their own. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eveey morning aftee waking, I have stuffy nose and post natal drip. Is that synus?

Eveey morning aftee waking, I have stuffy nose and post natal drip. Is that synus?

Rhinitis: This is probably rhinitis, could be from allergic or non-allergy cause. This can be differentiated by your dr. Treatment can be started using steroid nasal spray for allergy type, oral antihistamines helps for short course. Be well. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and have stuffy nose/postnasal drip so I stop breathing for a few seconds every time I clear my nose, etc. What is the impact on the baby?

I'm pregnant and have stuffy nose/postnasal drip so I stop breathing for a few seconds every time I clear my nose, etc. What is the impact on the baby?

Not expected: Nasal stuffiness has not been known to affect the fetus but you are obviously miserable. See an allergist to find out if you may just have vasomotor rhinitis of pregnancy (considered hormone related) or an allergic issue. I don't expect antihistamine helping the congestion but the post-nasal drips may improve. Congrats. ...Read more

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5 month old with a stuffy nose. What to do? Tried nasal rinse

5 month old with a stuffy nose. What to do? Tried nasal rinse

Humidity: A humidifier will help, as will using saline drops right in the nose to loosen the mucous. If someone is taking a shower, someone else sitting in bathroom in the steam from the shower is also helpful. Put the humidifier right next to the baby's crib. Putting it across the room doesn't do much good. ...Read more

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