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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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Will my weak sense of smell due to chronic sinusitis improve with steroid nasal drops?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis without polyps 3.5 years ago. I would share my CT (computed tomography) scan results with you, but I am not provided with the results. Initially, I experienced symptoms such as congestion, weak sense of smell, post-nasal drip, cough, pulsatile tin...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest chronic sinusitis. You do not have polyps but are experiencing a loss of sense of smell. I would like to explain the mechanisms of smelling. Our olfactory (smell sensory) mucosa is limited to the roof of the nasopharyn...  Read Full »

I have a thick white mucus at my back throat. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am experiencing a lot of white mucus in the back of the throat for a year now. It inhibits swallowing and forcing me to hack it up and spit it out. This makes my voice scratchy. I do not have any other symptoms. I consulted an ENT doctor previously and he suggested me to take a proton pu...  Read Full »


Dr. Pruthvi Raju Uppalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are two causes for your complaints. The first cause can be reflux from your stomach and so the doctor has suggested you to take a proton pump inhibitor. The second cause can be a postnasal drip. Regarding reflux, taking a proton pump inhib...  Read Full »

I am having sore throat with post nasal drip and lymph node enlargement. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and from the last two years, my sore throat is not going away. I am having a lot of post nasal drip. I tried taking OTC anti-histamines, nothing helped. Today I noticed a hard lump under the chin at right side right at the point where throat begins. What is causing it?  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms listed by you point to chronic tonsillopharyngitis mostly secondary to the post nasal drip. Delving into the details, the constant post nasal drip is causing inflammation of the posterior pharyngeal wall and the tonsils in the throat. When these get infect...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What is the cause of the pill-stuck sensation in my throat?

Query: Hi doctor, For about five days now, I have this sensation of a pill stuck in the throat right below Adam's apple. There is no pain at all. It is not there in the morning but will show up throughout the day. I can eat and swallow without any problem, and it seems to go away when I eat. It is not quit...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The foreign body sensation in your throat is basically due to acid reflux. It is irritating the throat as acid raises high up to cause stickiness. Along with all the medicines you are taking, I would add few lifestyle measures. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle and at least mo...  Read Full »

Is there any permanent solution for post nasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, Please advise me a permanent solution of postnasal drip. I have been suffering for a long time that causes continuous pharyngeal irritation and coughing.  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Postnasal drip occurs due to rhinosinusitis or nasopharyngitis and is rightly said to be allergic which is exacerbated by infections. Treating the underlying cause helps in mitigating (making less severe) these symptoms. Allergic rhinitis or rhinosinusitis can be dif...  Read Full »

What causes postnasal drip and swollen tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46 year old female, and I am a non-smoker and non-drinker. I received a kidney transplant 16 years ago. I am in a very good health, and I had no bouts of rejection. I eat well and exercise. I just started a new job in another city, so I had to move. Two months back, everyone in ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Enlargement of tonsil on one side is not usually a good sign. Infectious or inflammatory causes usually cause enlargement on both sides. The constant post-nasal drip points to some cause in the sinuses. Constant post-nasal drip can act as a cause for enlargement of tonsil...  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. All ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 epig...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of halitosis which is ruining my life?

Query: Hi doctor, I have suffered congestion, brain fog, and extreme halitosis for five years and I have extremely thick mucus (liquid) with air bubbles in it. One side of my head is worse than the other. I have been to two ENTs. I have had CT scans of brain and sinus and they are all clear. Could it be Sj...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Is the problem more on one side? If so, which side is it? Do you have any nose block or reduced sense of smell? Any facial pain or headache or sinus pressure? Is there any postnasal drip? Is the halitosis worse after taking any particular food or drink? Do you have any i...  Read Full »

The right side of my throat and mouth are red with reflux symptoms and diagnosed as chronic pharyngeal tonsillitis. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had problems with the right side of my throat and mouth for three months with the following symptoms.1. Right throat post nasal drip.2. Right sore throat with some scar tissue.3. Right tonsil is swollen as compared to the left.4. Right foliate papillae enlarged, and the right sid...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Symptoms such as chronic unilateral throat symptoms, post-nasal discharge, foliate papillitis, lymph node enlargement, and dental pain suggest chronic inflammation in the throat, possibly due to reflux laryngopharyngi...  Read Full »

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