Postnasal Drip Treatment
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Understanding Postnasal Drip
Mucus is a key part of your body’s defense system. When everything is working well, bacteria is caught in the mucus, and infections are prevented. Unfortunately, when too much mucus gets produced, you often experience symptoms like a runny nose and postnasal drip as the mucus drains down the throat. What follows can include sinus headaches, nose and cheek pain, plus constant irritation.
Postnasal Drip Causes
- Cold or flu
- Nasal allergies
- Sinus inflammation
- Reaction to chemicals
- Spicy food
- Deviated septum
Postnasal Drip Symptoms
- Sinus infection and sinus pain
- Frequent coughing and headaches
- Waking up with a sore throat
- Bad breath
- Dizziness impacting the body’s sense of equilibrium
Dr. Chacko works with patients in Atlanta and across Georgia to limit the impact of allergies and sinus infections that can lead to postnasal drip symptoms and other issues.
Postnasal Drip Treatment Options
When it comes to postnasal drip, there’s a variety of effective treatment options available to you.
Allergies are a frequent cause of postnasal drip. Allergy triggers like pollen, pet dander, mold and dust lead to nasal inflammation and excess mucus production. An allergist or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor can conduct allergy tests to determine the root cause. After discussion with your doctor, you can then undergo a treatment of allergen avoidance, medication or allergy shots.
Antihistamines, decongestants and saline nasal sprays can be helpful medications for combating nasal infections. If you can keep your airways clear of excessive mucus, you can limit the effects of the postnasal drip. Consulting with your Atlanta allergist or ENT doctor ensures you will receive the appropriate medication that targets the precise nasal allergies causing the problem.
Self-care is an important way to limit the impact of postnasal drip on your life. It is natural for mucus to drain down your throat, but too much becomes a source of frustration. Drinking plenty of water reduces the thickness of the mucus, while steam from the shower or a warm towel on the face often soothes blocked sinuses.
Common Postnasal Drip Questions
Do I need to see a doctor about postnasal drip?
Postnasal drip may clear up naturally. If you experience extended periods of irritation, fever, or if the postnasal drip keeps recurring, speak to your ENT doctor in Alpharetta, Duluth, or other Georgia location. You may require treatment for a nasal allergy or sinusitis.
Can you help my child deal with postnasal drip?
Yes. Postnasal drip is a source of irritation for children that can result in coughs, sore throats and discomfort. An appointment with your Georgia ENT doctor can identify any allergy triggers that are causing sinus problems that would require treatment like antihistamines, decongestants or even allergy shots.
We Can Help Treat Your Postnasal Drip
Postnasal drip is an aggravating condition that leads to further issues. After diagnosing the problem, Dr. Chacko offers effective remedies and strategies. Request an appointment online for one of our 6 allergy treatment locations – Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek, or call us at 678-668-4688.