Mucus is normally produced by your throat and nose glands, and it’s swallowed without you even noticing it. When it thickens or builds up, however, it can cause post-nasal drip and a host of annoying symptoms.
In this blog, ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Cecil Yeung of Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute outlines the common causes of post-nasal drip.
Mucus performs important functions in your nasal membranes, helping to fight infection, clean out foreign particles, and humidify air before it reaches your lungs. Nose and throat glands produce about a quart or two of mucus a day, and most of the time it’s able to drain normally. It drips down the back of your nose into the back of your throat, mixes with saliva, and is swallowed without you noticing it.
However, post nasal drip can cause mucus to build up or become thicker than normal, and you may notice an irritating feeling of it dripping down the back of your throat.
The following are some of the most common symptoms:
Mucus can also cause other problems as a result of its inability to drain properly. If your Eustachian tube, which connects the throat and your middle ear, gets stopped up by mucus, it could cause an ear infection. The same is true of a sinus infection if your sinuses are clogged.
The thickened or excess mucus that’s unable to drain properly can result from any of the following causes:
If your post nasal drip last for more than 10 days, smells foul, or you’re wheezing, you should seek medical attention. This is especially true if there’s blood in your mucus.
Otherwise, you can try some home remedies, including the following:
If home remedies aren’t effective enough, you have ongoing issues or have a symptom that’s cause for concern, an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) can treat your condition. Your doctor can help alleviate symptoms while also treating the underlying condition that’s the cause of your discomfort. Treatments may include the following:
If you’re experiencing symptoms of post nasal drip, make an appointment today with Houston Sinus Surgery at the Yeung Institute. Dr. Yeung has more than 20 years of experience in treating nasal and sinus conditions such as post nasal drip and is dedicated to providing the least invasive, most effective treatment possible.