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Misdiagnosis of Postnasal drip

Postnasal drip: Misdiagnosis

A diagnosis of the underlying cause of postnasal drip can be missed or delayed because in some people symptoms can be so mild or occur so infrequently that they do not seek medical care. In addition, the symptoms of underlying causes of postnasal drip can be similar to symptoms of other diseases and conditions. These include upper respiratory infection, influenza, tooth ache, tooth abscess, and migraine headache.

Postnasal drip: Related Misdiagnoses

Sinusitis is overdiagnosed: There is a tendency to give a diagnosis of sinusitis, when the condition is really a harmless complication of another infection, such as a common cold.

Whooping cough often undiagnosed: Although most children in the Western world have been immunized against whooping cough (also called "pertussis"), this protection wears off after about 15 years. Thus, any teen or adult with a persistent cough may actually have whooping cough. This is particularly dangerous for babies too young to be vaccinated, and any un-vaccinated children. Whooping cough can be fatal to an infant. The cough symptoms of whooping cough is usually productive initially, but then becomes a persistent dry cough, lasting up to 100 days. Elderly grandparents may also be a reservoir of undiagnosed whooping cough.

Postnasal drip: Possibly Deadly Misdiagnoses

Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Postnasal drip:

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