Post Nasal Drip

PostNasalDrip“I feel like there is something in the back of my throat.”

This is a common complaint from patients suffering from persistent post nasal drip. For most all of us, mobilizing nasal and sinus secretions to the back of our nose and then swallowing those secretions is a silent process we are never aware of; however, for certain patients this can be quite frustrating.

They usually complain of a thickened sensation in the back of their throat that they cannot clear, and clear their throat consistently. This can cause mild frustration as it can be socially embarrassing.

In many cases, a saline nasal rinse can mechanically clear these secretions and significantly improve symptoms; however, in certain cases this intervention is not successful.

Proper ENT examination will often reveal nasal findings such as enlarged inferior turbinates or chronic sinus disease. The nose’s principal function is to humidify air. It accomplishes this by enlarging the turbinates so they have increased surface for air contact, humidifying it in the process. In certain patients suffering from allergic/nonallergic rhinitis, the inferior turbinates can remain enlarged and secrete a mucous, resulting in a thickened post nasal drip. Identifying this anatomy is key to obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

As multiple factors can contribute to a persistent post nasal drip, a thorough ENT examination is crucial to developing an accurate diagnosis.

If you feel you have symptoms similar to those discussed above, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.

Metairie Office of ENT doctor