Nasal Drip

nasal dripOtherwise known as Post-nasal drip (PND) and commonly causing the upper airway cough syndrome (UACS). This condition occurs when the nasal mucus membrane produces excessive mucus. the Mucus trickles into the throat at the back of the nose. Caused by rhinitis or sinusitis it is frequently due to an allergy. Along with indigestion / gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Asthma, nasal drip is the commonest cause of chronic cough.

Specific causes need to be diagnosed and addressed. There are various treatments that include antibiotics, decongestants, nasal irrigation, sinus massage, acid control medication, allergy medication, and sometimes minor surgery can help.

Where allergy is proved to be the cause, allergy medications include antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal steroids can be prescribed, possibly in combination. Oral allergy tablets and allergy injections may also be used for long term relief, with oral steroids prescribed for short-term use in some situations.

To find out more on rhinitis and other allergies follow this link to the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. http;//www.bsaci.org/resources/rhinitis

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