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Which treatment works the best and fastest for post nasal drip?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for post nasal drip?

Postnasal drip: The standard treatment is with an otc antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (sedating) or Claritin (non-sedating). If this does not control symptoms, the next step is to use the combination form of antihistamines like claritin-d, or allegra-d. If that doesn't work, you'll need to see a doctor for a prescription medication. ...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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What's the best treatment for post nasal drip? I don't want to overuse decongestants.

Depends: Post nasal drip is a feeling and not a clinical condition or a pathological entity. It is that abnormal feeling of mucus in the throat and it can be due to many different causes ranging from allergies, sinus infections and viruses to atypical reflux or a reaction to things that you eat and drink. I have cured more people of "postnasal drip" by having them stop drinking coffee tea and soda. ...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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Have post nasal drip sore throat and body aches. What's the best course of treatment? Will it go away on own? Thank you,

Have post nasal drip sore throat and body aches.  What's the best course of treatment?  Will it go away on own?  Thank you,

Maybe: If it is allergies you can take Allegra (fexofenadine) over the counter and this will improve your problem. If the sore throat is an issue you can see a doctor and get screened for strep so you do not have to take antibiotics unecessarily. Ofte time the antiseptic mouthwashes if gargled daily can improve the situation. The body aches can also resolve simply with excedrin. Drink fluids. See a doctor if worried. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 weeks has nasal congestion. What is the best treatment, and is it something to worry about?

My baby is 6 weeks has nasal congestion.  What is the best treatment, and is it something to worry about?

Saline nose drops: Saline nose drops followed by nasal suction with a bulb syringe is the best approach for infants. Persistent symptoms may indicate an infection. Nasal allergies are less common in this age group. ...Read more

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Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Can deviated nasal septum give you constant post nasal drip and very bad breath? If so what is the treatment?

Unlikely: Having had a deviated septum myself, (car accident) this would very unlikely be the cause of your symptoms. A deviated septum typically only affect breathing through the nose. ...Read more

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I have pain at the bridge of nose and cheeks. I also feel slightly dizzy at times post nasal drip and cough. What treatment would help?

I have pain at the bridge of nose and cheeks.  I also feel slightly dizzy at times  post nasal drip and cough.  What treatment would help?

See doctor: You may have sinusitis which can cause all of these symptoms and thus will need to consult your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and be treated. ...Read more

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I suffer from excessive sweating and post nasal drip. Which specific anticholinergic drugs will help with these problems? (Only name anticholinergic drugs, do not provide other treatment ideas.)

I suffer from excessive sweating and post nasal drip. Which specific anticholinergic drugs will help with these problems? (Only name anticholinergic drugs, do not provide other treatment ideas.)

Odd question: Never run into a patient with a problem who was adamantly against options for treatment. Of course, it'd be different if someone were asking a homework or test question & needed a specific response. Otherwise, your constraint makes no sense whatever. These boards are intended for clinical problems & real patients. You as well as Your neighbors could Google the answer to your question. Cheers! ...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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Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Are there effective natural treatments for post nasal drip?

Nasal saline: Sometimes use of a saline solution flushed into the nose using a neti pot or squeeze bottle can help post nasal drip. ...Read more

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Dx'd w/vcd @ njh denver, prescription speech therapy. Am confused as some websites say vcd is a psych issue, others note exposure/post nasal drip. Which is it?

Dx'd w/vcd @ njh denver, prescription speech therapy. Am confused as some websites say vcd is a psych issue, others note exposure/post nasal drip. Which is it?

Both: There are many triggers of vcd. Original reports focused on psychological issues. Over time, it has become recognized that there are many triggers. For a brief review, see my blog at: http://www.Familyallergyasthmacare.Com/2012/09/trouble-breathing-and-it-doesnt-improve-with-your-inhaler/. ...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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What can I do about nasal congestion/inflammation swelling? Is nasonex (mometasone) or Flonase the only treatment?

What can I do about nasal congestion/inflammation swelling? Is nasonex (mometasone) or Flonase the only treatment?

Inflamed nose: It is a good treatment but some individuals improve by avoiding irritants or allergens. Others benefit from intranasal saline or cromolyns (nasalchrom) or antihistamines (astelex or astepro). Lastly if your problem is due to chronic allergies rebuilding your immune system with specific immunotherapy is a good idea. ...Read more

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Hello doctor ! I have a problem that their is a swelling inside my nose so that i feel nasal congestion all the time..please tell me what disease i have and what is the treatment for that?

Hello doctor !  I  have a problem that their is a swelling inside my nose so that i feel nasal congestion all the time..please tell me what disease i have and what is the treatment for that?

Nasal congestion: You likely have allergic rhinitis. Some people have only seasonal allergies while other have year round allergy symptoms. Typically year-round allergies are triggered by allergens such as pets, dust mites, mold or even cockroach. Nasal steroid sprays are generally most effective for nasal stuffiness. However nasal saline rinses will help a lot as well. There other treatment options as well. ...Read more

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I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea.Hr. Hm treatment?

I have a 7 wk old w/nasal congestion/coughing started sun nt. No fever but chokes on the phlegm going down her throat a few times ea.Hr. Hm treatment?

Nasal wash: At 7 weeks the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever.Hm treatment? When to call dr?

7 wk old has nasal congestion/coughing. Chokes on phlegm going down throat several times ea hr. Started sun NT no fever.Hm treatment? When to call dr?

See your doctor: In an older infant or child these symptoms would fit the common cold. In the first 3 months, coughing is less common and a little more concerning. Conditions for your doc to "rule out" would include bronchiolitis (swelling of the small airways of the chest) and whooping cough. Signs of big trouble would include blueness around the lips, poor feeding, fever or listlessness. ...Read more

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Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but i keep having cough?

Have clear nasal drainage with asthma. Dr gave steriod shot in hip with nasonex (mometasone). Nebulizer treatment made lung function better but i keep having cough?

See allergist: If you require systemic steroid to control your asthma and nasal symptoms, it is time to consult an allergist. There are many causes for coughing-uncontrolled asthma, post-nasal drips, sinusitis are just a few of the causes. ...Read more

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