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Postnasal Drip

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is postnasal drip?

Postnasal drip is a condition that causes a large amount of mucus to collect in your throat or nose. It may also be called upper airway cough syndrome because the mucus causes repeated coughing. You may have a sore throat, or throat tissues may swell. This may feel like a lump in your throat. You may also feel like you need to clear your throat often.

What causes postnasal drip?

How is postnasal drip diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider if you have symptoms all the time or if they come and go. Include anything that triggers your symptoms, such as cold air or pollen. A sample of the mucus may be tested for bacteria that could be causing your symptoms.

What can I do to manage postnasal drip?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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