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What Does It Mean If I Have Post Nasal Drip
Different reasons: The most common reasons for postnasal drip (pn hereandafter) are colds, allergies, chronic sinus inflammation, esophageal reflux, especially in small kids, polyps (nasal). Try neti pot sinus rinses. That seems to help a lot. Simple anti-allergy meds - allegra, zyrtec, claritin. If reflux is a case, may try acid reducers - zantac, (ranitidine) prilosec, etc. ...Read more
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
I have this bad cough. I think it is post nasal drip but my throat isn't red, what does this mean?
Histaminic reaction?: Doubt food allergy. Milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts ; peanuts cause 90 % of food allergic reactions. Up to 15 million americans suffer from food allergies ; need to avoid not only certain foods but any ingredient that contains proteins derived from them. In some cases, anaphylaxis can result. See http://www.Boston.Com/lifestyle/health/blog/nutrition/2013/11. ...Read more
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
If I blow green secretions from my nose does that mean I have a sinus infection even if I have no other symptoms?
No: Inflammation of any sort in the nose or nasopharynx can result in discharges. Sinusitis is accompanied by congestion, nasality of speech, facial pain and swelling, headache, tenderness over the sinuses, occasionally fever or dental pain and other minor symptoms. That is not to say that green secretions may not be from the sinuses. ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a lung infection, my nose isn't stuffy but i can't really taste anything?
Treatment: of a lung infection is tailored to understanding what is causing it. Only your examining physician can determine what the appropriate treatment might be after a physical exam ...Read more
Infection: Most coughs lasting less than a couple weeks are related to viral infections or less likely bacterial infection. Chronic coughs are usually related to post nasal drip from allergies, asthma, and occasionally heart burn disease (gerd). Other possibilities include medications called ace inhibitors and rarely more concerning processes that need more careful history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You need treatment: If you have reflux more that twice weekly you should be on chronic acid suppression. If you have nausea, abdominal pain, black tarry stools, loss of appetite, early satiety or difficulty swallowing you should also have an endoscopy. You should see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood is coming from: Your nose. Possible reasons: nasal congestion or nasal dryness, ^ blood pressure, excessive use of decongestants, being at ^ altitude, trauma to nose, nose picking, or blowing the nose hard. Bacterial & viral infections can ^ risk as well as bleeding disorders. Recurrent nose bleeds may be due to broken vessel in the nose. Alcohol / Cocaine abuse can cause nose bleeds, as can tumors. ...Read more
Further Workup: Wheezing can be a sign of obstructive airway disease like asthma if it is persistent. If you notice wheeze with laughing or with exercise you might consider seeing a doctor for breathing tests to determine if you are at risk. Post nasal can make asthma worse if you have it. You may be atopic (asthma, allergies, eczema) which puts you at greater risk for these conditions. Get tested and find out. ...Read more
This may be an: Infection if it is a discharge. Obtain med eval. ...Read more
How long does seasonal allergies last? I still have an awful cough and i don't know what this means.
Depends: Where you live, how long the seasons are, what other allergens you may be allergic to (mold during winter) see an allergist for treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
What to do if I have a dry cough. I've had it for about 2 weeks. Can it mean i might have asthma?
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