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Postnasal Drip Treatment Information
IU Health physicians understand how postnasal drip disrupts your life and strive to find and control the causes behind it by using the followings services:
- Allergy skin testing. After performing a physical examination and taking your medical history, our physicians may suspect that your postnasal drip is caused by allergies. We perform allergy skin testing to determine what you are sensitive to so that we can provide education on avoidance and treatment options that best fit your condition. During skin testing, we prick your skin in several places to expose you to small, safe amounts of allergens such as pollen or dust mites. If the area around the exposure site becomes swollen and red, we know that your body is sensitized to that substance. Allergy skin testing is safe and offers quick results.
- Allergy medicines. Many over-the-counter and prescription allergy medicines offer relief from postnasal drip.
- Antihistamines block production of histamine, a substance that causes swelling of your airways. This reduces how much mucus you produce, eliminating postnasal drip.
- Decongestants also reduce swelling of the blood vessels in your nose, allowing you to breathe easier, and decrease mucus production. You can become dependent on decongestant sprays, so it is important to follow your physician’s directions exactly on how to use them.
- Prescription nasal steroids sprays also relax your airways and decrease the amount of mucus in your nasal passageways.
- Allergy education. Postnasal drip is most commonly caused by airborne allergens, which can be difficult to avoid. We teach you about products and strategies you can use to reduce your exposure to these allergens. For example, by keeping your windows shut and installing high quality air filters, you can greatly reduce the number of allergens in your home.
- Referral to specialists. If your allergy testing shows that you do not have allergies, we may refer you to other IU Health experts to determine the cause of your postnasal drip. IU Health Ear, Nose and Throat physicians offer advanced care for conditions of the ears, nose, throat and sinuses, including structural abnormalities that may cause postnasal drip. They offer noninvasive diagnostic services, such as computerized tomography (CT) scan and the latest surgical treatments options to correct these issues
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Postnasal Drip Support Services
Postnasal drip can disrupt your daily activities as well as your sleep. Learn more about what may be causing your postnasal drip at the website below.
A Sampling of Postnasal Drip Support Services
This government website discusses the causes of postnasal drip and how they are diagnosed. It also offers guidance on what to expect when visiting your physician’s office about postnasal drip.
American Academy of Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgery
This physician association website hosts in-depth information on the causes and treatments of postnasal drip, as well as its effect on your throat and ability to swallow.