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
- sore throat,
- stuffy nose,
- runny nose,
- throat clearing,
- sneezing, and
- an itching feeling in the nose.
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.
Other postnasal drip symptoms and signs
- Decreased Sense of Smell
- Facial Tenderness
- Itchy Nose
- Nasal Congestion
- Puffiness Under the Eyes
- Redness of the Eyes
- Runny Nose
- Scratchy Throat
- Sore Throat
- Throat Clearing
- Watery Eyes
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Examples of Medications for Postnasal Drip Symptoms and Signs
- cetirizine (Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, Zyrtec Hives)
- desloratadine (Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs)
- diphenhydramine, Benadryl
- fexofenadine (Allegra, Mucinex Allergy)
- fexofenadine and pseudoephedrine (Allegra-D)
- hydroxyzine (Vistaril)
- loratadine and pseudoephedrine (Alavert Allergy & Sinus, Claritin-D, Claritin-D 24 hour)
- loratadine, Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin
- montelukast, Singulair
- triamcinolone acetonide nasal inhaler (Nasacort)