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 allergic post-nasal drip result in the enlargement of one tonsil?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 18 years old. I am asking questions due to my curiosity. When I was a child of eight years, I had problems with my tonsils where one of my tonsil being bigger than the other. The doctor suggested me to remove the tonsils but the other doctor told me that surgery is not required for th...  Read Full »


Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.There is nothing to be worried. There are certain criteria that needs to be fulfilled for undergoing tonsillectomy. Mostly, the surgeons follow the guidelines by SIGN (scottish intercollegiate guideline network) or AAOHNS (american association of otolaryngologists and head ...  Read Full »

What is the best remedy for post nasal drip?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of recurring sinusitis that usually goes away and returns for the past 20 years. Right now, what I feel is funny tasting mucus running from the back of the nose down the throat. I also have to always clear my throat after I finish eating. I do not have sinus pain nor ...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhika Shukla

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The sinuses which are surrounding the nose secrete mucus into the nose. This mucus triggers backward into the throat, and we end up swallowing it throughout the day. However, at night, it ends up collecting in the throat, and we can feel it when we wake up. This is k...  Read Full »

Why is my nose blocked even if I do not have a cold?

Query: Hi doctor, My nose is blocked without cold. I have phlegm at the back of my throat and I need to clear my throat often. I am experiencing this for five days now and I have trouble while breathing through the nose. I cannot go to the hospital now due to the pandemic. Before getting these symptoms, I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have a stuffy nose and it can occur due to allergies or common cold or due to infection related to sinusitis. The phlegm in the throat can occur due to postnasal drip. If you do not have a fever or facial tenderness or headache, then it can be noninfectious sinusiti...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my swollen nostrils with post nasal drip?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of gastritis and hiatal hernia and was fine for several years. But it has come back due to me smoking marijuana. My GI doctor prescribed me Pantoprazole, which I have been taking for a month, but later I stopped taking Pantoprazole 20 mg because it messed with my teeth. M...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your concerns, the swelling you are describing is most probably turbinate hypertrophy. One treatment method is medical treatment, if it does not improve, it may require surgery, i.e., reduction of turbinate. And as you have post nasal drip and turbinate hypert...  Read Full »

Can sinus drainage cause tonsil stones?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sinus problems my whole life, getting sinus infections every year or sometimes twice a year, constantly having drainage in the back of my throat) and it was only annoying until a few days ago. Four days ago, I learned I had tonsil stones when I coughed up about 10 (no photos...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand you want to know if your tonsil and sinus problems are related. Yes. Recurrent post nasal drip due to sino-nasal infection or chronic sinusitis can cause local infection in the tonsils which make the tonsillar crypts produce thick and excess mucus. T...  Read Full »

Kindly let me know some medicine for itchy throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. For the past month, I have been having some symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis such as wheezing, cough, etc. The symptoms have reduced now as I have been taking some medications. Right now, I have some itching sensation in my throat below my Adam's apple, causing ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi. Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. This itching like symptom is known as post nasal drip. The best medicine would be the use of anti-allergic combination like Levocetirizine and Montelukast once daily at night. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and t...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my mild sore throat?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you advise on if the back of my throat is normal or has any infection? I have a mild sore throat for the past 24 hours. I am currently on Avamys, Cefuroxime, Allegra D, and Sinus rinse.  Read Full »


Dr. Laxmi Narasimha G Yadav

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is appears as a swelling on the posterior wall of your throat. Do you have any trauma while brushing? Or any other type? Do you have any cervical neck pain? Do you any acidity problem? Di...  Read Full »

What can be done to treat throat dryness?

Query: Hi doctor, Having throat dryness since 2 weeks and feels hair stuck in throat.  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please take a picture of the back of throat with open mouth and send to me?  Read Full »

How fast will symptoms of dog allergy exhibit in a patient?

Query: Hello doctor, In March, we got a Sheepadoodle puppy. I have never been allergic to dogs. However, is it possible that this mixed breed, 70 percent standard Poodle and 30 percent Sheepdog is causing my problems? The Sheepdog is not a hypoallergenic dog and I am thinking that her dander may be the cu...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Better than a blood immunocap test is the skin prick test. The skin prick test is the gold standard for allergy diagnosis. It is possible that you are allergic to animal dander but that is not picked up by the bloodwork. Before doing the skin prick test you must sto...  Read Full »

How to treat sore throat and post nasal drip with deviated nasal septum?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sore throat and fever four months ago. I took some antibiotics (Cebosh) referred by an ENT and the sore throat went away. But I have a constant nasal dripping and throat clearing since then somedays it is more and some days it is normal. I can see mucus in my throat and it loo...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathish Kumar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your description, you are having a deviated nasal septum (DNS). Your continuous presence of mucus in the nose and throat clearing is because of sinusitis which is a common consequence of your deviated septum. I have given some tablets try using those. If not rel...  Read Full »

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