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What could be causing my constant post nasal drip which results

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What could be causing my constant post nasal drip which results in clear mucus, coughing and constant throat clearing. These symptoms also seem to be related to a tightness in my back. I have asthma but it's not debilitating. Thanks for your answer.

Dr. P Jyoti :

I am Dr. P. Jyoti, MD. I promise to use my full experience and knowledge to provide answers specific to your question. Feel free to ask me anything.

Dr. P Jyoti :

hello I am an ENT - would you like to chat on this?

Dr. P Jyoti :

hello

Dr. P Jyoti :

have you seen a doctor for this?

Dr. P Jyoti :

any tests done like Xray of the sinuses?

Customer:

yes, including pulmonologists

Dr. P Jyoti :

have you done Xray of the sinuses?

Customer:

don't think so

Dr. P Jyoti :

the most common cause of post nasal drip is a sinus infection

Customer:

are there other symptoms from a sinus infection? I don't have any fever.

Dr. P Jyoti :

since you are already known to have allergies, it is likely that you are having a sinus infection or inflammation

Dr. P Jyoti :

more severe cases would cause fever, pain, etc

Customer:

are the other symptoms such as throat clearing and coughing because of the post nasal drip

Dr. P Jyoti :

but in case it is mild, and allergic as in your case, the only symptoms would be post nasal discharge and a feeling of heavines in sinus areas

Dr. P Jyoti :

along with occassional nose block

Dr. P Jyoti :

yes, coughing and throat clearing are very much a part of this

Dr. P Jyoti :

in such allergies, sinus polyps can also occur

Customer:

with the claritan, i actually don't have much nose block or runny nose

Dr. P Jyoti :

i would advise you to see an ENT for this

Dr. P Jyoti :

thats right, the claritin will keep the nose clear

Dr. P Jyoti :

but it will not be sufficient to clear up the sinuses

Dr. P Jyoti :

see an ENT specialist for this

Dr. P Jyoti :

ask about sinusitis

Customer:

i saw an ent as well and he didn't find any infection but that was a few weeks ago.

Dr. P Jyoti :

thats right, but since you are having this problem now ask for a CT of the sinuses

Dr. P Jyoti :

this will give an accurate diagnosis

Customer:

do i need an x ray for that or will he be able to diagnose without one?

Dr. P Jyoti :

no, ask for an Xray or CT scan

Dr. P Jyoti :

CT is better

Dr. P Jyoti :

it is difficult to diagnose sinusitis in mild cases by only clinical examination

Dr. P Jyoti :

though severe cases are clear cut

Dr. P Jyoti :

so ask for Xray or CT

Dr. P Jyoti :

any further questions?

Customer:

ok thx

Customer:

no. thank you.

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Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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