Nasal Discharge

Nasal discharge can be slimy and mucus or watery. Slimy nasal discharge is more commonly due to common cold, sinusitis, rhinitis, and allergies. Infected discharge is yellow or greenish and accompanied by a foul smell. Less common watery discharge can be more serious cerebrospinal fluid leakage from the cranial cavity. Antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, steam inhalation, saline nasal sprays, etc., help relieve nasal discharge.

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My nose heavy with mucus in the winters. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have experienced this in the past summer a thick rubbery gooey type of mucus in my nose stuck inside for a few days, and after some time, I can expel it by blowing. Another one has formed after the weather changed and is stuck in my left nostril. I am unable to blow it out, and it cau...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello. Welcome to These are mucus plugs that form due to sinusitis in winter weather. These are normal physiological phenomena and nothing of concern. However, if they disturb you, you can visit an otorhinolaryngologist, and the doctor can extract them out with forceps within a fe...  Read Full »

Does wearing a mask result in more mucus attacks in vasomotor rhinitis patients?

Query: Hi doctor,I have vasomotor rhinitus. At certain times of the year, I just go off and get cups of mucus or when it gets really humid. And if I do not take my nose sprays, it builds up so much that I throw it up. I just call these mucus attacks. The question is, when I wear a mask, I am getting a lot ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, vasomotor rhinitis can definitely increase when you wear a mask. The reasons are plenty depending on the situation. If you happen to wear a disposable n95 mask that has completed its half-life of approx 250 hours, the mask starts becoming counterproductive and can...  Read Full »

What can cause a small round bubble behind the right tonsil?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 33 years old and in good health. I have recently noticed a small round bubble behind my right tonsil. It has been there for about a month now. I have had quite a bit of nasal drainage, and slight periodic sore throat, some ear pressure that is minor on the same side of the affected...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is anything dangerous from the picture you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Mostly it is a superficial infection, according to your complaint. Do you have reflux in the form of a burning sensation in your chest or your stomach? Do yo...  Read Full »

Why does my nasal discharge taste like copper?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male. I have nasal drainage that tastes like copper and extreme sensitivity to carbon monoxide. No pain and hard to breathe. Yesterday, I took a shower. Today I cannot breathe when I took one. A pressure that feels sore between my trap muscles and back of the neck. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For the nasal discharge, you have to take an antihistamine tablet as Levohistam once daily with breakfast and intranasal corticosteroid spray like Avamys once daily. If the copper taste's nasal discharge continues after 10 days of treatment, you should perform a CT ...  Read Full »

How to manage my sinus problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I have sinus issue for a year. Previously, I will have a random flare-up of 20 to 25 percent a day in both the nostrils. It seems to be fully clogged and it returns back to normal on the rest of the day. The occurrence rate has got increased in the last few months. I have constant pressu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As per the history, you are suffering from rhinosinusitis. It is an inflammation of the mucosa of the nose and paranasal sinuses. The symptoms are frontal headache, facial fullness, nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, postnasal drip, hyposmia, decrease in concentration,...  Read Full »

Why am I not able to eat and taste food due to sinusitis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have bad sinusitis. I am unable to taste and eat food. I feel so weak and dehydrated. I have trouble while swallowing liquids or solid foods without throat pain. But there is congestion in the nasal passage. It does not allow me to drink or eat properly. I went to the emergency to get IV...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sinuses that surround the nose secrete mucus and it is secreted into the nose. This mucus triggers backward into the throat and it ends up flowing throughout the day. This gives a salty taste and at night, it ends up by collecting in the throat. When we wake up, we ...  Read Full »

I am having blood tinted crust in nose while sneezing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had post nasal drip since last three months. It causes me to cough up mucus from my throat. It is very thick - sometimes bloody or sometimes cloudy. I am also having bloody, crusty issues in my nose with sneezing. I am not sick - no fever, no aches, do not feel bad. I just...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are the pictures you shared nasal snort or phlegm from throat (attachment remoed to protect patient identity)? Do you have any difficulty in swallowing or breathing? Is there any cough? Any chest pain? Do you have wheezing? Is there any recurrent bleeding in your na...  Read Full »

Had Z-pak and felt better. Should I get one more round of antibiotic course for recurrent sinusitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been dealing with sinus issues pretty much all fall and winter. Three weeks ago I finally decided to head to the doctor and was prescribed a Z-pak for my sinus infection (main symptoms were congestion, ear pressure, and lethargy, tiredness). After the Z-pak I was feeling much, muc...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You do not need to go back to the doctor for antibiotics. If you were to come to me at this point, I will examine you and make sure the disease process has reduced. And if everything goes well, I will prescribe you some mucus lightening agents with anti-allergic and ...  Read Full »

I am having sinus infection and bad smell from nose. What can this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I had been having a sinus infection for four months. My doctor has tried everything. Now I have a bad smell coming out my nose. What can that be?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What are your symptoms like? Sinusitis symptoms are nose block, facial pressure or a headache, nasal discharge and a decreased sense of smell. This has to be objectively seen via nasal endoscopy or CT scan of sinuses. Has any been done on you? If so can you share wit...  Read Full »

I have white patches in the throat and reddened soft palate. Is it oral cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having oral symptoms for the last six months or so. I also have been a heavy drinker for the past seven to eight years. I discontinued this in January of this year. Started in the fall of last year with allergy, cold symptoms and has continued to the present day even getti...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you stopped drinking. Meanwhile, I do not find any cancerous lesion in the pictures you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). However, none of the pictures show the posterior pharyngeal wall. If you can take a better picture it will b...  Read Full »

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