Post Nasal Drip

When the body produces more mucus than usual, which starts running from the back of your nose to the throat, it is called post nasal drip. Colds, flu, allergies, sinusitis, deviated nasal septum, changing climate, and certain spicy food can cause this. Sometimes, it can result from swallowing problems that cause liquid buildup in the throat.

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Can aspirating soup cause sinus infection?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to get some sort of sinus infection from accidentally aspirating soup when you are eating? I always make the mistake of choking on ramen and it has been happening a lot lately. I noticed in the last two months that every time I have ramen and choke on the soup, I get a ...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is very unlikely that you develop a sinus infection following consumption of any food. However, if your prone for a post nasal drip after consuming anything for that matter, it could be related to a food allergy what we categorise as NINAR (non infectious non allergi...  Read Full »

How to get rid of constant postnasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having postnasal drip for the past one month and had tablet Azee and Montair LC and took steam inhalation, but I think it got aggravated and the drip got thick because of it. I then consulted an ENT and he gave Nasomac AF spray, tablet Alaspan AM and Raciper 40. No improvement s...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are having constant post nasal drip. Is there any other symptom that is bothering you? Is there any lump sensation in the throat? Any nose block or runny nasal discharge? Any facial fullness? Did you ever have this problem before this month? Th...  Read Full »

Please help me get rid of sore throat, tonsil pain, and postnasal drip.

Query: For consecutive three weeks, I have been suffering from acute sore throat and swelling and ear heaviness. In the first week, I took cefixime for six days. Then I took pulmocef 500 mg for with winolap tab and tab dolonex dt for 7 days. In this week, sore throat, tonsil pain, swelling in throat, st...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello Is the throat pain severe or tolerable? Do you have fever, muscle pain and weakness along with these? Were you even slightly better with the different courses of antibiotics? Or do you feel just the same? Do you have nasal blockage with air-conditioned or ceiling fan? Is there runny...  Read Full »

How to get rid of the feeling of mucus stuck in the throat?

Query: Hi Dr. I was operated for Nasal polyps surgery 3 years back. From last one month or so, It seems that some mucus is always stuck in my throat and I have to clear it every now and then. This gets worse while lying on bed. I showed it to my ENT specialist and he mentioned that it is GERD and prescri...  Read Full »

Dr. Mian Shah Yousaf

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Dear Welcome to icliniq I reviewed your history and attach file of ENT Surgeon. The problem you described is very typical of two things 1)Postnasal drip or 2)GERD As ENT Surgeon seen you and they ruled out postnasal drip so it is more in favour of GERD and another supporting evidence is its aggra...  Read Full »

Why do I get increased ringing in ears inspite of normal ear test?

Query: Hello doctor, I have increased ringing in both ears. I have been diagnosed with post nasal drip. The left ear feels blocked and the left side of the throat feels clogged as well. I had taken antibiotics on the prescription but that is not working. My ear testing results were normal.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your problem seems to be due to sinusitis. Sinusitis itself can cause clogged feelings in the throat or sinusitis can cause secondary pharyngitis which can cause throat problems. Do you have a headache or nose block or excessive sneezing? I will want you to send me a...  Read Full »

How to cure a throat pain that gets better with antibiotics and then comes back?

Query: Dear sir, I have right side throat pain from last 1 months. When I take the antibiotics then pain is gone. When I stopped antibiotics it will start again. Doctor said it is pharyngeal wall congestion. How I can cure from this disease. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello. Good to hear from you. I understand your situation. The typical recurrent pain you complain might be because of the following most common causes.. 1. Chronic tonsillitis/pharyngitis 2. Chronic gastritis. 3. Persistent post nasal discharge. As you say it’s subsiding with antibiotics ...  Read Full »

What can cause a lot of thick white mucus at the back of the throat that inhibits swallowing?

Query: For about a year now, I have experienced a lot of thick white mucous in the back of my throat. This inhibits swallowing, forcing me to hack it up and spit it out. I think this can make my voice scratchy but other than that I am not experiencing any other symptoms. I have gone to an ENT previously an...  Read Full »

Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello . Good to hear from you. I understand your situation. There are two reasons for your complaint mostly. One as the doctor who has seen you previously suggest must be because of a reflux from your stomach. Second might be because of something called as a post nasal drip. For dealing with the ref...  Read Full »

How does postnasal drip gets into the stomach instead of lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cough at certain times almost every day due to post-nasal drip. I take allergy medication (Cetirizine) but it does not seem to help. I have tried other techniques like lavage and have tried thinning my mucus by drinking more water, as advised by all the medical web sites. Al...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am so delighted to read your query. My initial thoughts were that you were kidding. But when I thought I realized how beautifully you have thought about the question. We need to know about mucociliary clearance, direction of mucus movement, closure of airway by the e...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for wheezing and chest congestion with post nasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 49 years old. I am a non-smoker. My father was a chain smoker and I lived with him for 19 years. Before four months, I developed a mild case of pneumonia. As a part of this, I developed a wheeze on my lower right lung. Since that time, I have had varying degrees of mild to modera...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you tell me how often do these symptoms come? Do you have any cough sputum production, shortness of breath, chest pain? Do you have palpitations? Do you have a fever? How long do the symptoms last? Are these persistent and are there any exacerbating factors? What...  Read Full »

I have a bump at the back of my throat with no pain or itching. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I wanted to ask a question about a bump at the back of my throat. It is like a bone. I went to a Local ENT, and he told me it is normal, sometimes it shows to some people. I just wanted to ask what is it?  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do you have symptoms like pain or itching in the throat? It looks like granular lymphoid tissues of the posterior pharyngeal wall or it could be a small cyst of the posterior pharyngeal wall...  Read Full »

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