I have had chronic nasal drip for 6 months and I cannot get rid of it. I tried antibiotics and steroids -- they didn't help at all.
What happens is, mucus drains down my throat ALL THE TIME. So that whenever I swallow, whether I am eating, drinking or just clearing my throat; I can't help but swallow mucus unless I want to spit every 5 minutes.
It is so consistent that it is giving me stomach problems (gas, bloating, irregularity) I think. I don't know what to do because I have tried so many medications (mostly anti-inflammation steroids and antibiotics)
One of the more common - and often overlooked - causes of post-nasal drip is a form of acid reflux called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) that is also called "silent reflux" because it often doesn't exhibit the common symptoms of reflux (heartburn).
Your symptoms, combined with the fact that you don't have allergies, could be an indication that you are suffering from LPR.
You might consider seeing a gastroenterologist, or trying a course of PPIs (PrilosecOTC, etc.) along with lifestyle changes that help minimize LPR (avoiding trigger foods like alcohol, caffeine, tomato-based sauces, peppermint and chocolate, raising the head of your bed 4-6 inches, not eating for 3 hours before bed, and avoiding tight-fitting clothing around the abdominal area).
LPR can be a tricky bugger - it often takes up to 12 weeks of PPIs to completely resolve symptoms, so you have to be patient, but if you have LPR you will notice a huge improvement in your post-nasal drip when you get the LPR under control.
Hi Ovechkin, I have the exact same symptoms! Mine started about 2 to 3 weeks ago and they drive me nuts. Before this I was sick from other symptoms of allergies. I have not been to the doc to get tested for allergies, but I know I have them, as I manage to get very sick every spring. Years ago I went and was put on allegra, but at that time I didnt have this terrible symptom, but the allegra was wonderful and I felt great on it, I need to see if it will help me again. You might try this, it's now over the counter.
Sometimes docs cannot seem to diagnose a person, or find out the cause of their symptoms, but most docs look for certain allergies, there is also chemical allergies.
When it has gone on this long, you may want to try and look back at what may have changed at the time your symptoms started. This can be a move, new furniture, new carpet, linoleum, things in the air from carpenters glue, drywall dust, perfumes or colognes, the list goes on and on.
I got very ill from this years ago just from our bathroom being remodeled and spent 6 solid months running to the doctor being treated for a virus or inner ear problem. I was so ill I had to quit my job.
After 6 months I insisted on seeing a specialist who immediately told me it was my environment causing it, and that nothing could be done, then put me on a steroid nasal spray.
I went home, did my own reading in library books ( no computer ) and came across one that described all of my symptoms to a T. It was chemical sensitivity.
I then looked back and realized our bathroom had just been redone at the time I got sick, and I was the only one home all the time, which is why I was the one sick. My son had tons of sinus problems at the same time, but got out of the house every day to go to school, my husband the same going to work.
The treatment for this is to avoid the source. I had to get out in the fresh air every day, but my body was already overloaded with it, and I then went on to be sensitive to numerous things.
You may be able to figure out what started your own symptoms by looking back to when they started and anything that changed in your environment, and hopefully be able to pinpoint the culprit.
I hope you figure it out and can then get rid of it. We couldnt of course, it was our whole bathroom, and it was too late to avoid it for me, but airing out the house and getting every single piece of drywall dust out, helped.
Good luck to you, hope this helps a bit.
No, I think it's definitely something food-related because my nasal drip definitely worsens after eating.
It is pretty bad in the mornings when I wake up (I try to sleep on my left side with my head elevated). I have to cough up and clear my throat every morning, and then after I eat, it gets bad again.
It's got to be acid reflux or a food that doesn't agree with me. Maybe I'll try not eating milk or wheat for a month and see what happens.
I just don't know what more else to do. I can go to a doctor, get an X-Ray and make sure that I don't have an infection. I doubt I do, because I took antibiotics a long time ago and they didn't help one bit.
The next step would go to a doctor so I can get diagnosed for acid reflux I guess.
Hi again, I ended up getting more symptoms and went to the doc. I had a virus, it's on the downward slide now and way less symptoms. I hope you can figure out what is causing yours. Funny it started 6 months ago though. About the acid reflux, I had that, and doc said it was too much acid in my stomach. I haven't heard of too little acid. I think doing a search on your nasal symptoms may help you figure out what is causing it also. And avoid certain foods is a good idea. I have heard if you cut just one out at a time, you can find the problem. Good luck to you.
I know prilosec is supposed to work pretty good for the reflux. Mine is prescription, and works well for me. I will try to do some research on your sinus problem and see if I can find anything and come back here if I do. It does sound like it may be food allergies.