Post-Nasal Drip

What is post-nasal drip?

The glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus (1 to 2 quarts a day). It moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies air, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter, and fights in­fection. Although mucus normally is swallowed unconsciously, the feeling that it is accumulating in the throat or dripping from the back of your nose is called post-nasal drip.

What are causes of post-nasal drip?

  • Excessive or thick secretions
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Swallowing problems

How is post-nasal drip treated?

Treatment for post-nasal drip is determined by the cause of the condition. If Dr. Lieberman feels that it is a result of a bacterial infection, antibiotics are an effective treatment method. For post-nasal drip caused by allergies, sinus issues or a virus, he might recommend an antihistamine and a nasal steroid spray.

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