Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Symptoms of Nasal Drip

Nasal drip, the large quantity of mucus dripping in the back of the throat from the nose, is also referred to as postnasal drip. Peculiar signs associated with the drip are listed below:

  • The most common sign of the drip is an annoying feeling and a need to clear the throat constantly. The mucus collected in the throat area may also make your voice hoarse.


  • A cough may occur, because the dripping liquid in the throat may contain inflammatory particles causing irritation. The cough may aggravate at night. The mucus may be of light brown, green or yellow color.

  • The drip is the main cause of chronic cough.


  • A sore throat may happen, but it does not become an illness. Since the drip hinders functioning of the cilia, crust of mucus may form on the lining of the throat and the nose, causing irritation and inflammation. This condition is referred to as sore throat in medical terminology.  Itchiness and burning sensation in the throat may develop.
  • Swallowing constantly


  • The throat tissues and the tonsils may swell, causing a feeling of a lump in the throat. White patches or pus may cover the throat or tonsils. Tonsil stones may develop. In patients already having the stones, size of the stones may increase.
  • When excessive mucus clogs the Eustachian tube, connecting the middle ear to the back of the nose, ear infection may develop. If the mucus plugs up the sinus pathways, sinus infection develops.


  • If you have difficulty in swallowing and breathing, seek medical advice.
  • Extreme symptoms like sudden swelling of the throat or the tongue, sinus headache, pain in the upper throat need immediate attention.
  • Intermittent plugging of nostrils may happen.
  • Bad breath may occur with the drip.
  • The dripping mucus cause unpleasant taste.
  • The nasal dripmay be accompanied by the signs of another condition. For instance, the drip associated with allergies may result in itchiness of the eyes and the nose, headaches and teary eyes. In case of asthma, breathing will become more difficult.
  • Lymph nodes in the throat may enlarge.
  • Body aches and fatigue interfere with day-to-day chores.
  • Chills, fever and heartburn may occur.
  • The drip may cause nasal congestion in people who breathe from the mouth or are unable to breathe from the nose.


  • Pain in stomach, dizziness, nausea and vomiting may occur.
  • Other symptoms include tension in face, runny nose and a desire to spit repeatedly.

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