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Post Nasal Drip

“I feel something in the back of my throat.”

Patients suffering from allergy or allergic rhinitis often complain of a post nasal drip in the back of their throat. This can contribute to symptoms such as nasal congestion, increased throat clearing, and excessive phlegm. Despite treatment with medications such as nasal sprays, antihistamines, immunotherapy – patients may not achieve relief.

The mucous that contributes to post nasal drip is secreted by the nasal mucosa and  turbinates in their goal of providing humidification to nasal airflow. Patients with an allergic history have an increased tendency to secrete such mucous, creating post nasal drip.

Inferior turbinate reduction can reduce the amount of post nasal drip by effectively decreasing the size of the inferior turbinates – decreasing the volume of post nasal drip produced.

Inferior turbinate reduction is an office procedure performed under local anesthesia through the nose, therefore, the patient does not have any visible incisions or bruising.

The recovery time after an inferior turbinate reduction is short. Patients can expect some nasal congestion due to swelling. After 1 week, patients return to the office for their post-operative visit. No packing is used during this procedure.

If you would like to learn more about inferior turbinate reduction, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.