Is your nose congested or your throat sore? Have your symptoms been going on for a long time (weeks, months, years)? If you have any of these symptoms you may be experiencing post nasal drip.
If you live in Katy and think you may be suffering from post nasal drip – don’t worry. Thousands of Americans experience the same problem every year, making it one of the most common nasal conditions in North America. Post nasal drip affects almost all of us at some point in our lives.
Glands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus to help your body fight infections, filter out foreign matter in the air and moisten our nasal membranes. We usually swallow nasal mucus without even realizing we’re doing it, but when our bodies start to produce extra mucus, it begins to become a problem. Excess mucus begins to accumulate and drip down the back of your throat, giving you the feeling of needing to swallow or clear your throat all the time. This is called post nasal drip and it is a treatable condition.
While post nasal drip itself is not immediately dangerous, leaving post nasal drip untreated can lead to several more severe medical conditions.
The constant clearing of your throat or chronic coughing can cause physical trauma to your larynx or throat which can be associated with a condition known as Laryngeal Sensory Neuropathy (LSN).
Untreated post nasal drip can also begin to affect your vocal chords, causing them to close instead of open when you take a breath. This can lead to trouble breathing, wheezing, feeling choked and a tightness in your throat and chest.
Ear and sinus infections are also a possible complication if post nasal drip blocks your Eustachian tube. This tube runs from your ears to your nose and works to maintain equal air pressure within your ears. A blocked Eustachian tube can create chronic ear or sinus infections.
Swallowing issues are also a prevalent side effect of chronic post nasal drip. Excess mucus can begin to accumulate in your throat, where it can block the larynx, trachea and bronchi in your lungs. This can affect your voice and make it difficult to swallow. Difficulty swallowing is especially dangerous for the elderly who may have weakened swallowing muscles.
Post nasal drip is not classified as a medical condition itself, but as a symptom of other medical conditions that cause excessive mucus production.
Excess mucus production can also be triggered by:
Since post nasal drip is a symptom of various other medical conditions, properly treating post nasal drip means treating the cause of the problem. While you can often reduce your symptoms with over the counter medicines such as Mucinex, Sudafed Sinus, Nyquil, Tylenol Sinus, Advil Sinus and the like, these only work to mask the symptoms and do not actually treat the issue. Due to the multitude of causes, it is important to consult a medical expert and get to the root of the issue. Post nasal drip associated with sinusitis, rhinitis, infections, or structural causes such as a deviated septum and nasal polyps will require the underlying condition to be treated before a post nasal drip cure will be effective.
If you live in Katy, and are experiencing post nasal drip, contact Houston Sinus & Allergy for a consultation. Our clinic offers expert diagnosis and treatments that many other clinics are not able to provide. Not all ENT doctors are the same. We use only advanced medical technology and up-to-date treatment methods to give you the highest level of treatment and care.
Our office is 1 of 5 clinics in the US that operates a FIAGON Navigation System in our office. This is basically a GPS navigation system that helps us map a patient’s sinuses for a precise level of treatment not possible before. This system uses electromagnetic tracking that allows surgeons to reduce risk, enhance treatment accuracy and shorten surgery time.
Houston Sinus & Allergy also uses a XORAN MiniCat Imaging System. This system provides benefits such as:
Our patients also choose us because we rank highest in reported patient satisfaction. Our clinic has been designated a Center of Excellence due to our advanced facilities and patient comfort. Most procedures are performed in-office, speeding up treatment time and avoiding hospital fees.
Relief with a post nasal drip treatment from Houston Sinus & Allergy is just a phone call away.
Suffering from post nasal drip can make your life miserable. Curing post nasal drip is often not a straightforward process, and correctly diagnosing the cause will directly contribute to the success of any treatment options. Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in sinus and allergy treatments as well as deviated septum corrections and nasal polyp removal. Contact our office for a detailed assessment of your condition and which treatment options are best for you. Seek the help you need so you forget about post nasal drip.
Dr. Cong Thu (CT) Nguyen is a Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat – Head and Neck Surgeon who has extensive training and experience in the diseases of the ears, nose and throat. His special clinical interests include sinus diseases, snoring disorders, allergy treatment and image guided functional endoscopic sinus surgery. He has 15+ years experience as a leading ENT expert and has helped hundreds of people get relief from their nasal & sinus conditions.
“I was suffering of constant congestion and running fevers every month! I was very miserable for almost 2 years. I decided to come see Dr. Nguyen after writing other doctors who wouldn't even give me the time of day. Dr. Nguyen actually sat down and listened! He noticed many things other doctors didn't. He treated me for my allergies and combined the procedure on me. After the procedure, I could actually breathe! Dr. Nguyen has ever since given me advice on how to continue to take care of my nose and keep allergies under control.”
“Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very nice. The sinus procedure was tough at the beginning as I could not take steroids to aid the recovery process, but now I'm feeling great!”
“Surgery was not as complicated as I feared. I feel the benefits after a few weeks. The doctor and his staff are awesome and very personable. I highly recommend this office to anyone with sinus issues.”