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How do you treat postnasal drip?

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How you treat postnasal drip depends on what’s causing it. Antibiotics can clear up a bacterial infection. However, green or yellow mucus is not proof of a bacterial infection.

Colds can also turn the mucus these colors, and they are caused by viruses, which don't respond to antibiotics.

From: What Is Postnasal Drip? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Chao, T.  , 2008. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

St. John Providence Health System: "Postnasal Drip."

Mason R. , 4th ed., 2005. Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Chung, K.  , April 2008. The Lancet

Pratter, M.  , January 2006. Chest

 

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 6, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Post-Nasal Drip."

Chao, T.  , 2008. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

St. John Providence Health System: "Postnasal Drip."

Mason R. , 4th ed., 2005. Murray & Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Chung, K.  , April 2008. The Lancet

Pratter, M.  , January 2006. Chest

 

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 6, 2018

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