Post Nasal Drip Specialist

Jason  H. Kim, MD, FACS -  - Otolaryngology

Jason H. Kim, MD, FACS

Otolaryngology & Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Orange County, CA

Post-nasal drip that doesn’t go away on its own can lead to an array of unpleasant symptoms and more serious sinus conditions. Jason H. Kim, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist and a highly skilled facial plastic surgeon in Fullerton, California, gets to the root causes of your post-nasal drip so you can get long-term relief. From the common cold to nasal allergies, find out what’s causing your post-nasal drip and get effective treatments. Call the office or use the convenient online scheduler.

Post Nasal Drip Q & A

What is post-nasal drip?

Post-nasal drip occurs when your sinuses produce more mucus than usual and it runs into the back of your throat. The glands in your nose and throat naturally secrete clear mucus to lubricate your nasal membranes. This mucus also fights off infections, so when you have a sinus infection, your body produces excess mucus that often leads to post-nasal drip.

For most people, post-nasal drip is temporary, but if it occurs regularly, Dr. Kim identifies the underlying cause so you can get relief.

What causes post-nasal drip?

Colds, allergies, and even spicy foods can cause post-nasal drip. Anything that increases mucus production, including some medications or hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, can lead to temporary post-nasal drip. Additionally, you may experience post-nasal drip as a result of:

  • Nasal allergies to pollen, dust, dander, or other environmental irritants
  • Bacterial infections
  • Acid reflux
  • Consuming dairy products
  • Dry air during winter months
  • Changes in weather conditions

If left untreated, chronic post-nasal drip can lead to a sore throat as well as a cough that never fully clears up. It can also lead to ear and sinus infections.

What are the symptoms of post-nasal drip?

Post-nasal drip symptoms are not pleasant and typically include any of the following:

  • A sore, scratchy sensation in your throat
  • Frequent coughing and clearing your throat
  • Feeling like there’s a lump in the back of your throat when you swallow
  • Raspy speech
  • Swollen tonsils and irritated throat tissue

Until you discover the underlying cause of recurring or chronic post-nasal drip, the symptoms may be annoying and even lead to swallowing disorders.

How do I get relief from symptoms?

Begin with home remedies to get relief from post-nasal drip. Drinking extra water keeps your mucus thin and easier to swallow as it drips into the back of your throat. Avoid consuming dairy products since they increase mucus production.

Over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays may provide temporary relief, but overuse can actually have the opposite effect and cause more mucus. Sleeping with your head elevated on pillows can also provide nighttime relief from post-nasal drip. Using a humidifier while you sleep helps keep dry air moist so your body doesn’t overcompensate by producing excess mucus in a dry environment.

When home remedies don’t provide long-term relief, Dr. Kim examines your nose, throat, and sinuses to discover the underlying cause of your post-nasal drip so he can prescribe an effective treatment. If you have a nasal allergy, he suggests ways to alleviate symptoms from your allergy.

Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online.