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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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I'm having weird rust colored thick post nasal drip, its not red spots, but as if the mucus was produced red. Should I be worried?

I'm having weird rust colored thick post nasal drip, its not red spots, but as if the mucus was produced red. Should I be worried?

Duration: If you have had these symptoms for more than 10 days or they are getting more severe, you need to see a doctor to rule out a bacterial sinus infection or whatever else which may cause this discolored discharge. ...Read more

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Tongue is dry (thick white coating). Saliva pools on the floor of the mouth . Blocked dry nose and white thick post nasal drip?

Tongue is dry (thick white coating). Saliva pools on the floor of the mouth . Blocked dry nose and white thick post nasal drip?

How long?: Have these symptoms been present for long? Is your nose blocked because of crusty secretion and not turbinate swelling? If this has been present for more than a month, you may be suffering from sicca syndrome in which the glands secreting tears, saliva, and nasal mucus are no longer fully functioning. ...Read more

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Repeated Neg allergy tests by different allergist no structural sinus issues. Past 40 yrs chronic thick post nasal drip. Could it be related to UCTD?

Repeated Neg allergy tests by different allergist no structural sinus issues. Past 40 yrs chronic thick post nasal drip. Could it be related to UCTD?

Post nasal drip: This can be a chronic problem for some people. It is due to thick mucin, not too much like people often think. Dry mucus can be caused by insufficient water intake, too much caffeine, medication side effects, deviated septum, small polyps that maybe haven't shown on allergy or CT exams, and laryngopharygeal reflux. I suggest seeing ENT if not done to get nasal and laryngeal endoscopy to evaluate. ...Read more

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Neg allergy testing, successful sinus surgery, use daily saline rinse but chronic copious thick post nasal drip for years. What are possible reasons?

Neg allergy testing, successful sinus  surgery, use daily saline rinse but chronic copious thick post nasal drip for years. What are possible reasons?

Allergy?: Many sufferers of chronic sinusitis are made miserable by environmental allergens that aren't on a standard allergy screen, or show a false negative reaction. I suggest repeat testing along the way to rule out any false negatives. Surgery can affect secretions and ciliary function on a sort-term(1-3 days) basis. ...Read more

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I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

I'm sick with flu or flu-like illness, including sore throat. Today I noticed very bloody thick post nasal drip. I don't have sinus pain. What is this?

See your doctor: that could be acute sinusitis, together with the other symptoms you have, you don't need to have sinus pain when you've got sinusitis, so better run it by your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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What can help with chronic and thick post nasal drip. Like balls of snot stuck between throat and nose. Tried ct scan, steroid, antihistamines.no luck?

What can help with chronic and thick post nasal drip. Like balls of snot stuck between throat and nose. Tried ct scan, steroid, antihistamines.no luck?

Antibiotics,: possibly a prolonged course of broad spectrum antibiotic together with the previously tried medicines and frequent saline nasal washes and steroid nasal sprays. This may be chronic sinusitis for whatever reason, ENT managenet and follow up are needed possibly an Allergist/Immunologist too, if you have access to one, best wishes ...Read more

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