Nasal Drainage – Postnasal Drip Symptoms
Nasal drainage can cause some discomfort – irritation, cracking, and even bleeding underneath the nose. But postnasal drainage can also cause some more serious issues – a sore throat, a chronic cough, and even nausea. Maybe you’ve experienced these symptoms for years and tried different medications. At Advanced ENT & Allergy Center, we often treat postnasal drainage that is caused by sinus and allergy issues. We’ll determine the source of your nasal drainage and decide on a treatment plan together.
Symptoms of nasal drainage and postnasal drip:
- Runny nose
- Constant coughing
- Frequent throat clearing
- Upset stomach
- Sore or itchy throat
- Bad breath
- Tickle in the throat
- Breathing problems
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen glands
- Blood in your mucus
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hoarse voice
Finding and Treating the Source
Our first priority is to understand the cause of your nasal drainage or postnasal drip. We’ll test for allergies either in our office or with our at-home testing kit, examine your nose and sinus passageways, and offer a treatment plan based on your specific needs. We can treat nasal drainage and postnasal drip with the following options:
- Medications: Certain medications can reduce swelling in the nose and improve drainage.
- Allergy testing: An in-office skin test or at-home blood test kit to determine if allergies (and which ones) are causing your postnasal drip.
- Allergy drops: Sublingual allergy immunotherapy that can eliminate symptoms, including nasal drainage.
- Balloon Sinuplasty: An in-office procedure that uses a tiny balloon to open blocked sinus ducts.
- Endoscopic sinus surgery: A simple surgery that enlarges the sinus openings.
- Septoplasty Surgery: A surgical procedure that corrects a deviated septum and improves airflow through the nose.
- Turbinate Reduction: A surgical procedure that removes excess bone and soft tissue on the inside of the nose to improve airflow.
Twenty Years of Experience
In order to get a correct diagnosis for your nasal drainage or postnasal drip issues, you need to be examined by a specialist. The doctors at Advanced ENT & Allergy Center have over 25 years of experience treating nasal, sinus and allergy issues through traditional and telehealth appointments. We have performed thousands of successful sinus surgeries, and our practice has treated thousands of patients for their allergy symptoms. We have the expertise to fully understand and treat your nasal, sinus or allergy issues.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nasal Drainage and Postnasal Drip
Postnasal drip is when the body produces more mucus than normal, and this excess mucus accumulates in the back of the throat or nose. This accumulation feels like mucus running down the back of the throat.
Anything that triggers your body to produce excess mucus is a culprit in causing postnasal drip. This includes:
- Sinus infections
- Certain medications (birth control and blood pressure)
- A deviated septum
- Change in weather
- Certain foods
- Fumes (from chemicals, smoke, etc.)
Nasal drainage comes out of the nostrils – it’s really just a runny nose. When mucus runs down the back of your throat, it’s called postnasal drip.