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Old 03-03-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Post Nasal Drip in Son

Hi There,

Approx. 5-6 yrs ago my son had a cold and once the cold had mostly cleared up, he was making a sound to clear whatever was left of the cold (mucous) from his throat area.

This now continues 5-6 yrs later. He tells me he feels like he's going to choke if he doesn't make that sound (it's the sound someone makes when they are about to clear their throat and spit) to clear what drips from his nose and gets stuck in his throat. He tells me he literally feel like he's going to choke.

We have taken him to his family Dr. and the Dr. doesn't say much except that the noise he makes is habit forming and he tells my son to try not to make the noise.

I am contemplating getting a referral to ear, nose, and throat specialist. I feel sorry for him and my dh gets mad at him every time he makes the noise as dh finds it "rude" and "disgusting". My son is in tears.
I was also recently very sick with a bad cold and had fluid dripping into my throat which I had to clear or else I felt like I could not swallow without choking so I can relate to how my son feels.

As a side note to this, my son also has seasonal allergies, which I also had as a child and which I outgrew.
His postnasal drip does seem to worsen during spring with higher pollen counts.

Has anyone else had to deal with something similar??? Any suggestions?
Is an ear, nose, throat specialist the way to go?
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:17 AM   #2
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

No, you need to see an allergist and have him tested. Then you can get him on the proper meds. Sorry you need a referral.

 
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

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No, you need to see an allergist and have him tested. Then you can get him on the proper meds. Sorry you need a referral.
Thanks, but actually we had a referral to an allergist and the allergist tested him.
He told us our son has "seasonal allergies" and that it was more uncommon in children to have seasonal allergies.

He didn't recommend anything other than over the counter allergy medication for children or he could have shots. Nothing more, nothing less.

The problem persists even with allergy medication (to a slightly lesser degree and my son has been bothered lately again by the post nasal drip even though it's not allergy season and he is not sick with a cold.
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

I'd move on to the injections then. The allergies are evidently more than the meds can handle - or he isn't on the right ones or the right dosage.

Have you tried saline rinses/sprays?

And the allergist should have given you a list of all the specific allergies and the degree. Call and ask for it.

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I'd move on to the injections then. The allergies are evidently more than the meds can handle - or he isn't on the right ones or the right dosage.

Have you tried saline rinses/sprays?

And the allergist should have given you a list of all the specific allergies and the degree. Call and ask for it.
I think we may see if we can get a referral to a [I]different /I] allergist as I found the last one not to be very helpful.

We have tried to use sprays...he hates them...the feeling of anything going up his nose.
He does like the cool mist humidifier though...it seems to help.

So a new allergist and then possibly an ENT as a last resort I guess.
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

The saline sprays you blow out right after using. They aren't meant to be left in the sinuses. So see if he can handle that.

It seems you aren't getting enough information from your doctors. I find a lot of the statements you make and questions you ask are ones that my allergist and ENT cover from the get go. Sorry you aren't getting better treatment.

 
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

I have the same issues as your son with the postnasal drip. Have tried pretty much everything and am on allergy shots which are helping for the seasonal allergies. Also a side note, after some research and prompting from my allergist, I finally tried an elimination diet where you don't eat any major allergens for an entire month and then slowly bring them back in. I found that milk/dairy products significantly increased the amount of mucous that would drain down my throat. Maybe give that a try for him or at least try dairy free and see if that helps?? Dairy is known to increase mucous in many people.

 
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

It can also be a food intolerence and not an allergy.Look up food intolerence and you will see, also there is no allergy testing for food intolerence so you need to keep a food journal and eliminate. Mine was gluten (not celiac) , cut gluten and now 0 post nasal drip

 
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Re: Post Nasal Drip in Son

Thanks for your responses.

I may just try that--eliminating certain things one at a time to see if there is an improvement. May try dairy first and then gluten.

Poor boy loves his food...lol. He's big into carbs and meat and seems to be going through a growth spurt right now.

He most certainly has seasonal allergies....he can't go near a dandelion without sneezing a 100 times afterwards. I also had them as a child but outgrew my allergies (thank goodness) so he probably gets that from me.

The post nasal drip is always aggravated by the allergies and seasonal colds.

Willing to try anything for him to feel better at this point. Postponed the Dr.s appt. as he was better by the time the appt. came and do find the Dr. pretty useless when it comes to this problem.
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