Post Nasal Drip – Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute


Your nose has to put out mucus, if it doesn’t
then it’s dry, and the normal nose puts out a quarter of mucus a day. A lot of mucus keeps everything moist and
healthy. Normally, we just swallow that mucus and we
don’t even notice it’s there. If you have a cold, or allergies, and your
nose is putting out more mucus, you are going to have the sensation of drainage or drip. One of the other reasons we see people a lot
is if the drainage has changed and it’s thicker, so you have more of a sensation that
something is there. People that are on a water pill, a diuretic,
a lot of the blood pressure meds will make mucus thicker, and a lot of the over the counter
antihistamines, so a lot of the time those are the culprits even though you think you’re
treating it. If you do have one of those things happening,
meaning there’s more drainage either from allergies or virus, etc., the throat a lot
of times gets sore right along with the nose, so that gives you the sense of irritation. Usually not to serious, but depending on if
it’s a short term thing, the same way you would with a cold, wait and see if it goes
away., If it’s something persistent and more of a chronic problem, we really need
to see people to see if it really is related to your meds or there may be more serious
things like chronic sinus disease going on. Moisture, which is drink more, get a humidifier
going, and saline, salt water nose washes and salt water nose spray. All those things help hydrate your nose. They thin the mucus, rather than dry it up
and that’s going to make you more comfortable.

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