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Post-nasal drip also termed upper airway cough syndrome, occurs when excessive mucus is produced by the nasal mucosa. The excess mucus accumulates in the throat or back of the nose. It is caused by rhinitis, sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or by a disorder of swallowing such as an esophageal motility disorder. It is frequently caused by an allergy, which may be seasonal or persistent throughout the year.
HOW IS POSTNASAL DRIP DIAGNOSED?
An ENT specialist diagnoses Postnasal Drip by conducting a physical examination and closely checking the mucus.
HOW IS POSTNASAL DRIP TREATED?
Treatment depends on the extent of the problem because for many experts, this is a natural physiologic process referred to as “pseudo-syndrome”. However treatments given include medications to relieve nose block like nasal drops. Antibiotic drops are also given to relieve infections.
DID YOU KNOW?
That the doctor may suggest drinking a lot of water with a view to thin the mucus which can reduce the discomfort?