Still Coughing After My Cold: Post-Nasal Drip


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Ah yes, post-nasal drip—believe it or not, as gross as the term sounds, it feels just as unpleasant. Not only is it “icky,” but it tends to cause discomfort in more places than just your face. Let’s talk about what this all feels like so you’ll know if you should come visit us here at CT Sinus Center.

When your body produces more mucus than usual (there is always some kind of mucus going on in a healthy system) or there is phlegm that is thicker than normal, post-nasal drip tends to become noticeable (and quite bothersome). When you have the flu or bad allergies, excess mucus often comes out of your nose and you’ll probably start looking for tissues as your first source of relief. To your dismay, you may find that you can’t blow it all out and almost wish that your nose was runnier. That way, you might not feel as stuffy, congested, and weighed down. When the phlegm escapes and runs down the back of the nose to your throat, it’s called post-nasal drip—lots of times, it will not go away when you think you are finally over the worst of your symptoms. Post-nasal drip can linger for a while and cause the following further aggravations:

  • Sore throat
  • Constantly feeling the need to clear your throat
  • Chronic cough that gets worse at night
  • Chest congestion or ear infection if your sinuses get backed up over time

Treatment depends on the cause of the post-nasal drip.

What can you do about this? There are always over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants, and those might help for a little while. However, for permanent relief, you need to come see the pros in Connecticut. Especially if you think this could be happening due to another problem that might just look like a cold or allergies (since they share some symptoms with many other conditions), such as other specialties of ours: GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), sinusitis, or a deviated septum.

 


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