Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip

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    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip facts

  • Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose.
  • Symptoms of rhinitis include runny nose (rhinorrhea), nasal itching, nasal congestion, and sneezing.
  • Rhinitis is categorized into allergic rhinitis, non-allergic rhinitis, and mixed rhinitis (a combination of allergic and non-allergic).
  • One of the most common characteristics of chronic rhinitis is post-nasal drip, which is mucus accumulation in the back of the nose and throat that drips downward from the back of the nose. Post-nasal drip can cause sore throat, cough, or throat clearing.
  • Treatment for rhinitis includes avoiding allergens, medications (both over-the-counter and prescription), and irrigating the nasal passages. Surgery is a last resort to correct any structural issues in the sinuses that may be causing the symptoms.

Where are the sinuses, and what do they look like?

The sinuses are air-filled bones in a dense portion of the skull bone, and they decrease the weight of the skull. Four right-left pairs form the sinuses.

Picture of the Sinuses
Picture of the Sinuses
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Detailed Picture of the Sinuses
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