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Treatment of post nasal drip varies depending on the underlying cause, the age and general health of the patient, the severity, and other factors. A common general treatment is gently irrigating the nose with a sterile saline solution.
When the underlying cause of post nasal drip is allergic rhinitis, treatment begins with the prevention of exposure to the specific allergens or substances that cause symptoms. Common allergens include dust, pollen, mold, cockroaches, and animal dander. Medications used to control symptoms of allergic rhinitis related postnasal drip include antihistamines taken orally, corticosteroids taken through nasal sprays, and oral decongestants.
A newer medication is the leukotriene inhibitor Singulair, which may be prescribed in some cases. Allergy shots may be an option for some people who have moderate to severe symptoms that are not controlled by other means.
When the underlying cause of post nasal drip is sinusitis, treatment also begins with prevention. Prevention measures include not smoking, adequate treatment of hay fever and allergic rhinitis, avoiding nasal trauma and exposure to infections, and good hygiene practices, such as frequent hand washing and not picking the nose.
For some people with sinusitis, medication may be recommended or prescribed. Medications may include decongestants, which help to shrink inflamed and swollen sinusitis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) and aspirin may also be recommended used to control the pain and inflammation of sinusitis.
A corticosteroid nasal spray may also be prescribed to reduce the inflammation of sinusitis. Other medications include antibiotics if the sinus infection is caused by a bacterial infection or antifungal drugs if the infection is caused by a fungal infection.
For some people who do not get relief with other measures, a surgery may be an option to expand the opening of the infected sinus.
Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Postnasal drip in various sources may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Postnasal drip:
More causes: not all possible causes for Postnasal drip are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Postnasal drip.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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