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About 5 years ago I had an upper back tooth removed and the

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About 5 years ago I had an upper back tooth removed and the dentist said that I might have sinus problems down the road because it was connected to my sinus passage. At the time I thought no problem. Well, now I am having problems with what I think is post nasal drip causing mucus in my throat which I am constantly clearing because I feel I have something caught in my throat. I also have mucus or congestion in my chest especially when I first wake up in the morning. The problem with all of this is I am not able to cough this up. I just seem to clear it and swallow. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this problem, or do you think there is something more to it. I do understand allergies are bad this season, but I don't seem to have the runny nose or the itchy watery eyes. It's just the build up of mucus. I've had this problem for about two months now. What should I do? Not sure if I should see an eye,ears,nose,throat specalist or see a lung specialist. Please help! I also cough alot.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

Dr. Rick :

From what you have posted it does sound like an allergic like problem. That being said, if OTC therapy such as clariton-D or other allergy meds has not helped I agree with your plan to see a doctor

Dr. Rick :

I think you would be best to consult with an ENT specialist first. This way you will get the most comprehensive evaluation possible.

Dr. Rick :

Does this make sense to you?

Dr. Rick :

Good morning. Welcome to chat.

Customer :

What is an ENT?

Dr. Rick :

ear nose and throat specialist

Customer :

O.K. Is there anything else you could take for post nasal drip?

Dr. Rick :

Are you still there?

Customer :

Yes.

Customer :

What else could be taken for post nasal drip?

Dr. Rick :

You could try to gargle with salt water, drink more fluids or use nasel sprays adn decongestant over the counter meds.

Dr. Rick :

also having a humidifier in your bedroom can help.

Customer :

I tried a humidifier, it didn't seem to help either.

Dr. Rick :

It sounds like you have tried a lot of the things available to you without seeing a doctor. I think you would be well served to get yourself checked out by a ENT specialist.

Dr. Rick :

Is there anything else you would like to discuss this morning?

Dr. Rick :

I think two months is long enough to suffer with your problems....time to get an expert examination and take care of things.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 2 years ago.
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