Few feelings are more disconcerting than not being able to catch your breath and get the oxygen you need. There are dozens of reasons why this can occur, from sprinting to catch the bus to more serious breathing issues.
Post-nasal drip is an unpleasant symptom that feels as though mucus has accumulated in your throat or is dripping down from the back of your nose. It can be caused by a handful of issues, including the following:
If you have post-nasal drip, you may also experience other frustrating symptoms such as a sore or scratchy throat and coughing. You might also have trouble swallowing or develop an ear or sinus infection.
In this blog, Houston nasal and sinus specialist Dr. Cecil Yeung will address the causes of this symptom and explain the best available post-nasal drip treatments.
Post-nasal drip is defined as mucus that drips from the back of your nose into your throat. Mucus is continually produced by the body and is necessary for normal sinus function. It helps trap and clear out foreign particles including bacteria and viruses and protects the membranes within the nose. When it’s produced in normal amounts, mucus drips from the nose into the throat, where it’s easily swallowed. It’s only when a trigger sets off increased production of mucus or causes it to become too thick that the symptom known as post-nasal drip can emerge in a recognizable way.
Several issues can trigger an excess production of mucus or a mucus drainage problem leading to post-nasal drip. These include the following:
Post-nasal drip can be extremely bothersome, but the good news is that there are numerous effective treatment options. In order to stop post-nasal drip, it’s important to determine the underlying cause of the condition.
Short-lasting post-nasal drip symptoms may be caused by allergies, sinusitis, or viral infections and can often be improved through conservative treatments such as:
An experienced Houston ENT will be able to accurately diagnose the cause of your post-nasal drip and determine the best treatment options based on your unique needs. However, if post-nasal drip is a long-lasting or chronic problem, it may be caused by an underlying condition or structural issue that needs to be fixed.
If necessary, Dr. Yeung may recommend a procedure in order to fix the root cause of your post-nasal drip and provide long-term relief. Depending on your particular needs, he may recommend one of the following procedures:
A mucus drip in the throat is not something that you have to suffer with. Numerous effective treatments are available to help manage your symptoms or stop post-nasal drip once and for all.
If you’re dealing with post-nasal drip and are looking for treatment in Houston, Dr. Yeung is here to help. Take the first step toward relief by filling out our appointment request form. Dr. Yeung will determine the root cause of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to stop your post-nasal drip.
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