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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Is unprotected sex the reason for my postnasal dripping at night and recent loss of weight?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in my mid-thirties. I had unprotected sex with a non-sex worker on the third day of the last month. On the seventh day, I got the tests (STI-9 panel) done for syphilis and HIV. Both of them came out to be negative. I got the test (HIV fourth generation) done on the 25th day of the las...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I understand your concern. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by single unprotected intercourse with an HIV-positive person are low. If she is negative, then there is no chance of transmission. It is good that yo...  Read Full »

Did I develop palmar erythema due to my last viral infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 22 years old, my height is 5.1 feet, and my weight is about 42 to 43 kg. I have had palmer erythema last three months. I mean, my palm becomes red but not burning sensation and itching. I also see green veins through my palms, thighs, and feet. I have had some mucus in the throat for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi,Welcome to need to worry. I would like you to send a picture of the affected areas in the palm, face, and tongue. Thank you  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 »

What is the treatment for the small raised area behind my left tonsil that is itchy?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a small raised area on the edge of the arch behind my left tonsil. It is the size of a pencil tip. It is slightly lighter in color than the other tissue. I have been suffering from a bad post nasal drip for about a month. It does not seem to hurt but feels itchy. I have no othe...  Read Full »

Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your clinical issue of post nasal drip and the photograph (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) of your throat, the lesion that you have indicated is called lymphoid granulation. We have clusters of lymphoid tissue distributed throughout o...  Read Full »

When the weather changes, I always have cough and cold. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19 year old male. I always have a cough. There is also a nasal flow, sneezing, nose block, headache, body pain and fever sometimes. These happen when the weather changes, when I have ice cream, cold drinks, banana, or get drenched in the rain. I had pneumonia during childhood ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and investigations (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a chronic cough, nasal congestion, and sneezing. There are different possibilities based on your other symptoms: Allergic rhinitis: This will be my first diagnosis ...  Read Full »

Why am I having lump sensation in throat, ear pain, and post nasal drip?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, 28 years old. I am not overweight. I had no surgeries before and no incidence of reflux, but I have sinusitis and am a heavy smoker (20 cigarettes per day). I have been smoking for around ten years. The symptoms three months ago were a sudden lump sensation in the throat. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are suffering from postnasal drip and its complications. The treatment taken by you is not of postnasal drip. So, you have not gotten any relief. I advise you to start on tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg once a day, Fluticasone nasal spray, a combination of Pantoprazole...  Read Full »

Should I take antibiotics for postnasal drip and tickle cough?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been using a Levalbuterol nebulizer for a cough. I accidentally had some soap residue left in the nebulizer, and I used it for a minute before realizing this. Should I be very concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not think you should be worried about, if it would have been in more concentration, your body would have reacted in the form of sneezing as a protective mechanism. You can continue nebulization, but be careful in future, if the cough does not subside in a week to ...  Read Full »

I have a lump at the base of my tongue with drainage down my throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 62-year-old male in good health. I have had drainage down my throat. And I have been diagnosed with GERD and laryngeal reflux. I have a lump at the base of my tongue, and I have attached the images of it.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello,Welcome to per your concerns, bumps in the back of the tongue in the picture are called circumvallate papillae, which are normal (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity).You do not have to worry. However, if you have any symptoms like bleeding from the mouth, yo...  Read Full »

I suffer from a severe sore throat with swollen tonsils. How to recover?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female, and I have an extremely sore throat, mainly on the left side. The roof of my mouth and tonsils are swollen. They are red but do not have any patches. I do not have a fever. I have pain while talking and swallowing. I also have body aches. The throat pain starte...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like some more detail. From when are you having these symptoms? Do you have any associated cough, fever, chills, sinus pain or pressure, ear ache or discharge, and post-nasal drip? Does anybody around you have the same symptoms? Would you be able to take a pict...  Read Full »

I suffer from a sore throat with lumps. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a sore throat and ear pain. I have lots of lumps in the back of my throat. I had Amoxicillin and gastro-resistant tablets. I have a previous history of GERD. I am terrified that I have throat cancer. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having posterior pharyngeal wall hypertrophy. This is due to chronic post-nasal drip. Do you feel some difficulty while swallowing? What medicines have you been taking so far? Do you have a history of smoking? Please follow up with the required information to sug...  Read Full »

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