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What are the symptoms of postnasal drip?

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Postnasal drip makes you feel like you constantly want to clear your throat.

It also can trigger a cough, which often gets worse at night.

Too much mucus may also make you feel hoarse and give you a sore, scratchy throat.

If the mucus plugs up your Eustachian tube, which connects your throat to your middle ear, you could get a painful ear infection.

You could also get a sinus infection if those passages are clogged.

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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