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
- 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 method. For post-nasal drip caused by allergies, sinus issues or a virus, Dr. Lieberman may recommend an antihistamine and a nasal steroid spray.