Treating Post-Nasal Drip Caused by Structural (Anatomical) Abnormalities
Post-nasal drip can result from a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates, or abnormalities in other structures involving the nose and sinuses. Post-nasal drip caused by structural abnormalities lasts longer than a few weeks. In this case, you should see a ear, nose, and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) to find out if you need corrective surgery and to discuss ways to manage post-nasal drip until the abnormalities can be surgically corrected. For more information, read:
- Deviated Septum
- What is Submucosal Resection of the Nose?
- Turbinate Reduction
- An Overview of Sinus Surgery
Treating Post-Nasal Drip Caused by Hormones
Changes in your body's levels of certain hormones can also be a cause of post-nasal drip. If you are pregnant, do not take any medication to treat post-nasal drip without the approval of your physician. Humidifiers, saline mists and neti pots can be used safely during pregnancy. If your fluctuating hormone levels are caused by another condition, such as menopause, you can use the treatments listed in this article on home remedies for post-nasal drip, but you should see your doctor to discuss options such as hormone replacement therapy.
Find Out How Other Readers Manage Their Post-Nasal Drip
To get real-life answers from other readers who are suffering from post-nasal drip, or to share tips of your own, read:
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Post-Nasal Drip. Accessed: September 30, 2011 from http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/postNasalDrip.cfm
Medline Plus. Nasal Discharge. Accessed: September 30, 2011 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003051.htm
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House. Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Accessed: October 7, 2011 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/
Pubmed.gov. Clinical and pathogenetic characteristics of pregnancy rhinitis. Accessed October 7, 2011 from Clinical and pathogenetic characteristics of pregnancy rhinitis.