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Old 06-18-2010, 08:33 PM   #1
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can dry mouth cause post nasal drip?

My doctors are unsure of what I am suffering from at the moment (it may or may not be Sjorgen's). But I have been experiencing dry mouth. Despite this, I always seem to have thick mucus at the back of my throat, that appears to be from post nasal drip. Is it possible that because of the lack of saliva production, the sinus drainage is occuring to try and compensate for it? My doctor has been quite unhelpful, and this is the only explanation I can think of. This has been going on for a few months now, so I've ruled out a common cold, or sinus infection. I've also used various nasal sprays, antihistamines and antibiotics to try and clear the mucus, but so far nothing helps. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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Re: can dry mouth cause post nasal drip?

I don't know the answer to this, however I have Sjogren's and have been having mucus problems. I clear my throat a LOT, especially in the mornings. It's pretty constant and sometimes it won't clear. It's very annoying and I feel bad that my co-workers hear me clear my throat all the time! I've mentioned this to doctors and don't get answers either. All I can think of is allergies, but I'm not sure. Please post if you do find out! Good luck.

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Re: can dry mouth cause post nasal drip?

I have this, too. I get a tickle in my throat at night from the drip. Then I cough. My nasal passages are really, really dry, though. I apply a nasal saline gel called Ayr and it helps a lot. Another thing that may help is an albuterol inhaler at night.

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Re: can dry mouth cause post nasal drip?

ladies: Allergies can add to this problem but the main culprit is probably milk and dairy products. Milk causes mucous. If you drink it or put cream in your coffee or eat yogurt and other milk products it's probably not helping. It's a hard thing to stop consuming if you've been doing it forever. It's worth a shot trying it.

I never had a drip in the back of my throat until I had my deviated septum operated on in my nose. My nose was constantly stuffed up and now everything drips in the back of the throat. I can't win! Since I had the nose operation though I haven't had any colds.

Old 06-24-2010, 10:13 PM   #5
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Re: can dry mouth cause post nasal drip?

Thanks for all your replies! It's good to know that I'm not the only one experiencing this, although I'm sorry you're all going through it as well Sounds as though dry mouth and the pnd may be related. I was thinking that perhaps I'm only noticing the pnd because I don't have enough salvia to get rid of it, if that makes sence. Think I'll check back in with my doctor about this one. Thanks again! Any more replies are appreciated!
(oh and also, in response the the last suggestion, I have tried giving up all dairy products in the past for about a month but unfortunately it didn't help. I've also been tested for allergies with no outcome).

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