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How do you treat postnasal drip?

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It depends on what's causing it:

Antibiotics can clear up a bacterial infection.

Antihistamines and decongestants can often help with postnasal drip caused by sinusitis and viral infections. They can also be effective, along with steroid nasal sprays, for postnasal drip caused by allergies.

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Chung, K. The Lancet, April 2008.

Pratter, M. Chest, January 2006.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 22, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Chung, K. The Lancet, April 2008.

Pratter, M. Chest, January 2006.

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on June 22, 2020

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