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When should you call the doctor about postnasal drip?

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Call your doctor if the drainage smells bad, you have a fever, you're wheezing, and your symptoms are severe or last for 10 days or more. You might have a bacterial infection.

Let your doctor know right away if you notice blood in your postnasal drip. If medication doesn’t relieve your symptoms, you might need to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist (also called an otolaryngologist) for evaluation. Your doctor might want you to get a CT scan, X-rays, or other tests.

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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