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Every day, glands in the lining of the nose, stomach, throat, and intestinal tract produce about 2 quarts of mucus, a thick, wet substance that moistens these areas and helps trap foreign materials like bacteria. Only when the body produces more mucus than usual or the mucus is thicker than normal, it is noticeable. When the mucus runs down the back of the nose to the throat, it is called Postnasal Drip. Postnasal Drip creates an annoying feeling that makes you want to clear the throat. Postnasal Drip is the most common cause of chronic cough.
HOW IS POSTNASAL DRIP DIAGNOSED?
A correct diagnosis requires a detailed ear, nose, and throat exam, and possibly laboratory, endoscopic (procedures that use a tube to look inside the body), and x-ray studies.
HOW IS POSTNASAL DRIP TREATED?
Medication usually helps in treating Post Nasal Drip. However, home remedies like inhaling steam also helps in treating Post Nasal Drip.