SOURCE: Clarity Allergy Center

Clarity Allergy Center

February 10, 2014 12:52 ET

Breaking the Cycle of Post-Nasal Drip

For the Millions of People Who Suffer From the Never-Ending Post-Nasal Drip Cycle, Chicago's Cough and Allergy Expert, Brian Rotskoff, MD, of Clarity Allergy Center Has Some Advice

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 10, 2014) - Mucus gets a bad rap. The truth is that mucus plays a key role in keeping us healthy and the majority of the time we're blissfully unaware of its work. But as soon as a sinus infection or cold hits, excess mucus rears its ugly head and we suffer through the misery of post-nasal drip and sinus congestion. We hate mucus, good or bad.

"Post-nasal drip can be caused by many conditions," explains Chicago allergist, Brian Rotskoff, MD. "In turn, untreated post-nasal drip leads to several conditions that affect your throat and nasal passages. This cause-and-effect relationship with the sinuses makes post-nasal drip seem like an endless, miserable cycle."

The importance of treating post-nasal drip
For anyone that's had a cold, sinus infection, or post-nasal drip, you know after some time you will begin to feel the wear on your throat. Sometimes symptoms actually start as a sore throat because patients aren't even aware they have post-nasal drip.

Those suffering from post-nasal drip feel the urge to frequently clear their throat, swallow, and cough. In the short-term, a sore throat caused by post-nasal drip indicates early damage to the throat tissues and larynx (voice box). Left untreated, constant throat clearing and chronic cough can cause trauma to the larynx and throat and can be associated with a condition called Laryngeal Sensory Neuropathy (LSN). LSN is caused by inflammation of the throat and larynx (voice box) and is often associated with other causes of post-nasal drainage such as allergies or acid reflux.

LSN is another condition that feeds the post-nasal drip cycle. If you're ready to kick the drip, sinus expert, Dr. Rotskoff, urges you to seek an accurate diagnosis of the source of your excess mucus.

"When I see a patient with LSN it usually means they have suffered a long time -- suffering that, to me, is unnecessary when we could have treated the post-nasal drip a long time ago," says Dr. Rotskoff.

Post-nasal drip: Multifaceted in its source
There are a myriad of conditions that can cause post-nasal drip. Adding to the nuisance of the condition, post-nasal drip often has more than one trigger.

Some of the causes of post-nasal drip are:

  • Cold or flu
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis and sinus infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications, such as birth control or blood pressure medications
  • Deviated septum
  • Certain foods
  • Weather changes
  • Acid reflux

The next time you start to feel that post-nasal drip tickle in the back of your throat, do not ignore it. Instead, call Clarity Allergy Center in Chicago at (773) 877-3500 to make an appointment with Dr. Rotskoff. Treating your post-nasal drip today will save you a lot of suffering tomorrow.

Contact Information

    Clarity Allergy Center
    Brian Rotskoff, MD
    Medical Director

    Office Locations
    4801 W. Peterson Avenue, Suite #306
    North Chicago, IL 60646

    3000 N. Halsted Street, Suite #611
    Chicago, IL 60657

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    Arlington Heights, IL 60005