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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After food, I get a gagging cough and reflux. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, Sometimes, after I eat, I get this cough that causes me to gag and sometimes I will regurgitate a little food. I also sometimes have this tickle in my throat. I am also constantly clearing my throat because of the drainage from the sinus down the back of my throat. The phlegm is usuall...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the complaints, it seems to be some nasal pathology causing a post nasal drip and repeated throat clearing. Please send me the picture of your throat and get an X-ray of the paranasal sinuses and send me the picture. Also, tell me what medicines you have been tak...  Read Full »

How can I manage recurring dry cough?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from a cough. It is not regular, but during the whole day, I might cough twice or thrice. It is not too harsh, but my cough is dry, and there is no mucus. No fever, chest pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath. I had a very bad cough a few days ago. And today, when I cons...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems you have a chronic dry cough which is triggered by allergens and environmental irritants like smoke. This seems to be a dry cough associated with post-nasal drip. Do you have any sinus issues or allergic rhinitis, or a family history of asthma? What you can ...  Read Full »

My baby coughs continuously at night. Please suggest a cure.

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 2 years old and she is having cough from last 15 to 20 days. While in sleep she is coughing continuously. During daytime, no coughing occurs. I gave her Levolin 1 mg 3 ml two times a day for three days but no change. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Assuming that your baby has no other symptoms such as fever or runny nose accompanying the cough, my understanding is that this is a very simple issue of post nasal drip aggravating the gag reflex. This means that nasal secretions flow back into the throat causing a co...  Read Full »

My voice is so hoarse I can barely speak. Please suggest a remedy.

Query: Hello doctor, Good day to you. I had post-nasal drip all last week. Yesterday, it was going away, but today I woke up, and my voice was almost gone. I can barely speak. My throat does not hurt. It just feels a little scratchy, with the constant clearing of the throat, too, and I have developed a cou...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have a typical case of laryngitis associated with a viral infection. You should rest the voice, that is, speak less until you feel like the symptoms are resolving. Avoid throat clearing as it irritates the throat further and hinders healing. Steam inhalat...  Read Full »

What is the cause of pharyngeal discomfort and cough?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 21 years old. I have been having pharyngeal discomfort in the last two years coughing more often than I used to do before but I somehow got used to it and I did not see a doctor. Also, I have discomfort when swallowing. I have never smoked in my life and have healthy habits. I also...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Wilfred

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your history and video (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my diagnosis would be post nasal drip with chronic pharyngitis. The visualization of the mucus discharge in the throat with congestion in the pharynx points to this diagnosis. The usual cau...  Read Full »

I frequently have cold-like symptoms which are gone the next day. What is going on?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17 year old male. I have been having some problems, like: Sore throat. Nasal congestion. Pain in muscles. Clicking joints. The problem is today I could feel sick like I have a cold and tomorrow I can feel normal like nothing happened. All the symptoms go away within a day and com...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your symptoms, it seems like you suffer from post nasal drip frequently. It is commonly associated with sore throat and sinus congestion. When it occurs along with the symptoms you mentioned, it frequently points to allergies. For instance, recurrent exposure to...  Read Full »

What causes bumps on the pharyngeal wall?

Query: Hi doctor, I am quite worried about the bumps on the back of my throat. I am quite sensitive to dust and get sinusitis along with blocked nose and stuffed head often. Around three to four weeks back, I had small red bumps on the roof of my mouth. When I consulted with a doctor, they suggested Augmen...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have very precisely described your problem with pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I appreciate that. My diagnosis of your condition based on your symptoms is chronic or recurrent acute rhinosinusitis, which is causing chronic pharyngitis...  Read Full »

Why do I have a bloody spot near the back of my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having some issues with my throat from the past couple of months. I feel a tightness in the neck. I do not have a runny nose, but I have post-nasal drip and lots of phlegm or mucus in the mornings. I feel like I need to clear my throat a lot. The symptoms seemed to go away fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see inflamed and enlarged tonsils with a congested posterior pharyngeal wall (back of the throat). A post-nasal drip running for a couple of months suggests some sinonasal inflammat...  Read Full »

Can a torn cartilage in the throat trap food and cause bad breath?

Query: Hello doctor, Can a torn cartilage in the throat trap food and cause bad breath?  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no cartilage in the oral cavity and oropharynx. A cartilage is present in the larynx (lower throat) and below the larynx. Any injury can cause a tear in the cartilage. But, it will not cause bad breath. Generally, food particles get trapped in the tonsillar ...  Read Full »

My symptoms of chronic sinusitis are worsening even after undergoing endoscopic surgery. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing chronic sinusitis for over six months now. The most prominent symptom is postnasal drip. I was diagnosed with allergies and secondary bacterial infection and had undergone endoscopic surgery a few weeks ago. Post-surgery, I was advised to take a five-day course ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most common reason for your symptoms is severe allergic rhinitis with associated sinusitis. Before I suggest the treatment, I will try to explain the cascade of events in a very simple manner below, even though it is not as simple as it looks. Exposure to dust o...  Read Full »

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