Post-nasal Drip

What is Post-nasal Drip?

Post-nasal drip is a very common irritation caused by excessive mucus produced through the sinuses.  When there is an overproduction of mucous, it can cause Post-nasal drip and lead to a sore throat.

While Post-nasal drip is not really considered a medical condition, it may possibly be part of symptoms of other medical conditions that can cause excessive mucus production.

What are the Symptoms of Post-nasal Drip?

People who experience post-nasal drip may describe feelings of excessive mucus dripping or feeling stuck at the back of the throat. This can lead to increased throat clearing which can cause a throat to become very sore and harsh, painful coughing.

Other symptoms may be present that could be linked to something else that might be causing the problem.  Some people who are experiencing the symptoms of a common cold may feel post-nasal drip as part of their symptoms.  When post-nasal drip symptoms are connected to allergies, many people experience watery and itchy eyes, and sometimes headaches.  People with Asthma that might experience Post-nasal drip may have even more difficulty breathing.

How is Post-nasal Drip Treated?

Treatment of Post-nasal drip will be a result of whatever the main problem could be.  If your healthcare provider diagnoses an infection is the cause of post-nasal drip, the infection will most likely be caused by a virus and antibiotics will not be required.  Decongestant medications can alleviate a stuffy nose, while pain relievers can take the edge off of any pain symptoms.

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Last Reviewed:
October 08, 2016
Last Updated:
August 29, 2017