Postnasal Drip: Symptoms & Signs

  • Medical Author:
    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.

Postnasal drip is the accumulation of mucus in the back of the nose and throat, causing the sensation of secretions dripping downward through the back of the nose. Postnasal drip is a common finding with rhinitis, or inflammation of the airways within the nose. Accompanying symptoms can include

If sinus infection is also present, headache and facial tenderness can occur. Severe infections can be associated with fever and chills. Watery eyes, fatigue, poor sense of smell, and puffiness under the eyes can be other symptoms seen with postnasal drip.

REFERENCE:

Sheikh, Javed. "Allergic Rhinitis." Medscape.com. Nov. 14, 2017. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/134825-overview>.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2018

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