Patient Comments: Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip - Treatments

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Comment from: Rona, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

Beconase taken for about 4 days usually stops my symptoms of chronic rhinitis, cough and watering eye.

Comment from: Sunnyday, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I have been suffering with chronic post nasal drip for 11 years. I’ve tried everything under the sun to clear it and have spent a ton of money on ENT visits and nasal sprays. One thing gives me relief and that is a low dose of ibuprofen. Just 100 mg is all it takes and I get relief.

Comment from: anon, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I was diagnosed 5 years ago with mild ulcerative colitis (UC) after going through a year of abdominal pain and misdiagnosis that caused me to lose an ovary. I rarely have diarrhea but have had a couple of accidents and they involved work as well as home. Mine is mostly constipation with left side gut wrenching abdominal pain and horrendous gas. Most of the time I can't tell anymore If I need to go or not, hence the accidents at work. I've noticed the worse the gas, the more the urgency seems to be. Which is the lesser of 2 evils, diarrhea or constipation! Being able to have a bowel movement or not for days to a week at a time. I have the fatigue, fevers, night sweats (thought that was due to menopause) and no appetite because I can't tell anymore if the pain is because I'm hungry or it is due to the UC, and I'm scared to ingest anything. I also developed internal hemorrhoids so even when I do get the chance to expel, I feel like my backside is on fire all the time. Thanks for talking about the mucus part. I didn't know about that and thought some weird things when I saw that because it was orange. I find lying down for a few hours and not moving, helps with the abdominal pain. I am also trying the probiotic trick. After 5 years I have learned which foods are a trigger for excessive pain and avoid those in my diet. The main one was red meat. Lately the other one has been dairy. I drink Silk now and there was an immediate difference. I'm glad I found this site.

Comment from: Sue, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 22

I developed trigeminal neuralgia in my late twenties/early thirties and was in a tremendous amount of pain, which worsened on lying down. Normal painkillers had no effect. The relief that came when prescribed Tegretol was immense but it always made me feel as though I was in another world! Almost like being under the influence of alcohol. Eventually I was found to have a dental abscess which it took a long time to diagnose. Once the tooth was removed the neuralgia went away. Over the years I have had milder spells which always seem related to dental problems.

Comment from: Enid, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

My symptoms of internal bleeding are large purple bruises on arm, 3 inches by 2 inches gradually fading. I take Xarelto each day.

Comment from: Diana F, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I have severe dry mouth syndrome and for a year severe post-nasal drip that runs into my mouth every minute of the day and night.

Comment from: pacopasa, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 22

I also noticed that ibuprofen was the only stuff that helped with chronic rhinitis.

Comment from: Sandra clarke, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I take sumatriptan to ease my chronic rhinitis.

Comment from: Shapet, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I am 57 have had blocked sinuses and nasal drip for 40 years. I treat it with Rhinocort spray available over the counter in Australia. One spray up each nostril each day. If I don't do this I get a blocked sinus and a raging headache. When I get a cold this does not work and I end up with bronchitis and go to the doctor. This year I have been sick for 3 months and was prescribed Nasonex and an antibiotic. This is helping.

Comment from: Bev, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I have chronic idiopathic rhinitis. I got tested for allergies, with none detected. My ENT (ear nose throat) specialist prescribed ipratropium bromide nose spray. Folks, I call this stuff "liquid gold." It"s not harsh like drugstore nose sprays; it has no rebound effect, and it works. It dries up that persistent, clear postnasal drip. I’ve been using it for 4 years now, still just as effective. It"s prescription only, but people, I tell you, I don"t know what I"d do without it. It feels mild but it restores my nose to something resembling normal (not harshly dry, and not dripping).

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Comment from: nikol, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I drank plenty of water and avoided eating oily or salty food. I never had late dinner or at least not after 6. After I changed my food intake symptoms are gone. Medications are not so good for the most sensitive part of your body. Drinking lots of water helps.

Comment from: christy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

The ENT doctor said I had chronic rhinitis. I am 70 year female. I’ve had the nasal drip as long as I can remember. I have burning, throat and keep clearing it. I am also blowing nose a lot. I have taken Nexium for it. I thought it was acid reflux but it isn’t. I do the sinus washes with salt and warm water. It helps some. I know well how it affects your wellbeing. I use OTC Ayr saline nasal mist. I use this when I can't do sinus washes.

Comment from: aujax, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 15

I had severe coughing and nasal drip for years and finally figured out it was caused by the acid in coffee irritating my throat and acid reflux (the former was the bigger factor). The damage caused by the acid would make my throat vulnerable to illness and I would end up with bronchitis. I didn't want to give up coffee so I searched for and found something called Javacid. I add a little packet to each cup of coffee, though lately I don't need it because I also make sure to buy the lightest roast I can find (mild is the best = least acid). Once in a while I still use Omeprazole for the reflux as well. Hope this helps someone.

Comment from: RobSoHArr, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I am a 47-year-old male who has suffered from horrific post-nasal drip for 5 years. It was diagnosed as vasomotor rhinitis. I was prescribed Beconase about 15 years ago which helped me a great deal for a while, but now doesn't seem to help much anymore. My new ENT has me trying Veramyst and using a nasal rinse. Neither one seem to be helping much either. Even my old standby, Sudafed, seems to be less effective. I am at my wit's end with the constant mucous drip. I do not have a stuffy nose. I am constantly clearing my throat and I'm sure my coworkers think I am some kind of freak because of it.

Comment from: khara, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I am a 48 year old female. Long term smoker. I have sinus drainage down the back of my throat 2 - 5 days a week consistently as well as a runny nose and watery eyes. This really got bad last winter and has not yet changed. I've tried all the cold and allergy and mucus medications. Nothing works. This is ruining my health. I have severe gastritis and the drainage adds a lot of stomach pain. My stomach is extended to the point of me looking 5 or 6 months pregnant. I need help and don’t know where to turn.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I am a 59-year-old female who has suffered from horrific post-nasal drip for 30 years. It was diagnosed as vasomotor rhinitis. I was prescribed Beconase about 15 years ago which helped me a great deal for a while, but now doesn't seem to help much anymore. My new ENT has me trying Veramyst and using a nasal rinse. Neither one seem to be helping much either. Even my old standby, Sudafed, seems to be less effective. I am at my wit's end with the constant mucous drip. I do not have a stuffy nose. I am constantly clearing my throat and I'm sure my coworkers think I am some kind of freak because of it.

Comment from: gerdhater, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have GERD. I also have post-nasal drip. In my sleep I snort a lot. A week ago, I got a burning throat so bad that I made two trips to the ER where I was given a GI cocktail. I am taking Prilosec, Zantac and carafate four times daily, and I still have no relief. I don’t have a stomach ache though. My throat simply feels as of it is on fire. The doctor said it was irritated. So, the next step is a scope to see what’s going on.

Comment from: RealpersonUsa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

For months had itchy eyes throat and ears. Constantly sneezing and nose running, eyes watering. Then, Saturday evening my nose started running. As I was rushing to the restroom I realized it wasn’t snot but blood filling up my palm. Didn’t think I'd ever get it to stop. Plus, I was spitting up blood clots which seems to make my nose bleed worse. This went on for hours stopping only briefly. Sun. was the same. Mon. was better. Got through work with only minor episodes. Today I was sent home because the nosebleeds were interfering with my work. Been a lot of wildfires around this area. I wonder if this could have triggered the allergy symptoms on the 1st place. On the up side of all this bleeding; the tender sinus spots over my eyes aren't tender anymore. I can’t remember those areas not hurting, but they don't now. I can breathe more deeply now. I don't feel sick, not in pain, but this is interfering with work. I am 63 and don't drink or do drugs.

Comment from: Aldo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I had a cough that would not go away, it started with a cold and lasted for 3 months. A friend suggested vitamin B5 pantothenic acid. I took the first tablet and noticed the cough disappeared within 20 minutes.

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Comment from: winn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I am a 61-year-old female. I had the breathing problem for about 10 years. At first, it was diagnosed as asthma, and the Chinese herbal medicine did me some good. Then the drip persists in the throat, and my ENT doctor prescribed Nasonex and the salt water spray to help the sinus problem.

Comment from: MikeVDVet, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I contracted a sinus infection being around someone who had one. Their bad breath gave it away. Because my doctor did not treat it after telling him I had 'Chronic Rhinitis' it developed into an infected tooth with a major abscess that needed to have a root canal which might have been unnecessary if the sinus infection would have been treated sooner. The endodontist had to drill through a porcelain crown and the pain was very high even with anesthesia. He said it was very infected. The whole right side of my head hurt including my teeth. These are classic symptoms of chronic rhinitis. I firmly believe that if my dentist had not referred me I may have died due the negligence of my medical doctor. I strongly believe I was in the 'Toxic Shock' stage of my infection due to my having symptoms for 6 months with extreme pain. It resulted in loss of sleep, appetite, lack of taste, lack of smell and above all, difficulty being a nice person due to the high pain index. I was treated with antibiotics by my dentist and it has relieved the symptoms somewhat to date. I am still convalescing.

Comment from: sally, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

For my chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip, I have taken Claritin and Claritin-D, Singulair, Astelin, Mucinex, and a sinus rinse. I have also had surgery. None worked well.

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I'm a 65 year old woman that has had a chronic cough for 7 years. I have been to every kind of doctor there is. Sinus surgery three times, acid reflux twice. I constantly cough and clear my throat. My co-workers have all moved away from me. I also have had to sleep in a different room so my husband can get some sleep. The only time I have has any relief is when I am in the hospital and on a pain medication. So I talked my ENT into letting me try Loratab and it worked like a charm. I was so happy. Then he retired and no one will give me Loratab. I'm right back to square one. I retired in order to see if talking on the phone so much triggered it. But now I'm just home irritating my husband all day. I have tried every medication over the counter and a number of prescribed medications with no relief.

Comment from: Kel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

My post-nasal drip turned out to be related to my GERD. I thought my GERD was under control and never thought it was causing my middle of the night coughing for the last two years. However, after allergy testing, many prescription and over the counter nasal and allergy medications that did not work, I read this article and tried Prilosec OTC and it worked! I don't cough in the middle of the night now!

Comment from: abeliever, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I am a 52 year old female, and about 1.5 years ago I had a bad cold and sinus infection. Since then, I have had chronic, excessive post nasal drip. I am constantly having to clear my throat, sometimes to the point of making it sore. I saw a specialist who tried several different medications that didn't help much. I was then allergy tested and found that I am allergic to dust, and dust mites. After taking measures to lessen my exposure to dust, and taking Zyrtec and Mucinex daily, I was starting to notice some improvement. Then for no apparent reason the last few weeks it is back in full force. I would blame it on an early spring, but when I was tested for allergies, I didn't have any reaction to the pollen they tested me for.

Comment from: Regina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I was recently prescribed with Nasonex every 2 hours and Allegra once a day. I have one or two PND attacks every year for the last 10 or 12 years and this usually works.

Comment from: Sneezy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I am 31 years old male. I've been having chronic allergy which causes me to have watery eyes, post-nasal drip, and an itchy throat. I am allergic to dust, and a polluted area. I've been having this for 10 years and it’s getting worse and could get worse. Been looking for treatment in the hospital, all I get was the same medicine which it didn't work for me. So hope I get the right treatment somehow, because I can't work properly all my life and I can't sleep well at night.

Comment from: eri Bee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I was suffering from chronic rhinitis. My symptoms were a yellow post nasal drip, clogged up sinuses that caused my teeth to ache in my mouth, persistent coughing that lead to a headache. I was prescribed Avelox (Moxifloxacin) antibiotics, a nose drop, Allegra D, a cough syrup and a nose drop.

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Comment from: patricia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I got a cold (cough/flu) around January and somehow with the cough remedies like nasal spray-flucasone the flu disappeared it is end of February but I still had this irritating dry cough which is mostly bothersome at night. I was told it is a post-nasal drip, my doctor prescribed benzonatate capsules, nothing happened then omeprazole capsule which I take at bedtime no change still, I am coughing like there is no tomorrow I feel my stomach enlarging due to nonstop coughing and feeling so week. I am terrified at 44 years.

Comment from: TAR, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I have had post nasal drip for about 2 years along with sinusitis on and off. I have had the headaches and the throat and eye irritation. I was having stomach problems so I started taking psyllium fiber. For some reason a few days after I started taking that all my sinus issues stopped. even the headaches.

Comment from: dhwgal, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I had what my family doctor and ear, nose and throat specialist referred to as "post nasal drip" for my whole childhood and most of my adult life. About 5 years ago I was tested for allergies and found out that is what the "post nasal" drip was all along! I am 42 years old and to think I could have been breathing better my whole life! I am on allergy medicine now plus nasal spray and feel 200% better

Comment from: Al, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I am 72 and have had post-nasal drip for about 10 years. Have had the surgery, have had all the nose sprays, have been to the "Specialist" at special medical schools, and a total of around 8 ENT's. None of them will get out of the box and all of them revert to allergy. I have been tested for allergies and have a seasonal one only. I have constant thick clear goop draining down my throat, keeps me awake every night. I do have sneezing attacks for a few minutes on occasion.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I am a 60 year old female, with chronic sinus issues all my life. I was on Dimetapp for years to prevent infections which really worked until I DEVELOPED high blood pressure and was told no decongestants. I stopped them for a while and have been chronically sick with sinus infections and chronic cough since. I take some Tynenol sinus which helps for 4 hrs and Ryocort spray for nose. I still have a chronic cough. Some days I DO WELL but most days a cough even when I try to talk.

Comment from: max, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have had a runny nose, post nasal drip, and a cough all my life. The severity varies for me at different times of the year. What works best for me is Benadryl at night and an antihistamine nasal spray in the morning. Get tested to see what you are allergic to. Usually it's dust and pollen. If you have thick mucus in the throat you can take a drug that thins the mucus. Generally, if the mucus is clear it's an allergy. If it has color it's an infection.

Comment from: Deb, Female Published: January 25

I have had PND since I was 17 I am now 48. I’ve had two sinus operations and have used numerous sprays over the years and nothing seems to work, I would never have an operation on my nose again. It’s something I've learned to live with, one good thing is I don't suffer with bad breath so my husband tells me.

Comment from: clogdancer, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I have had chronic rhinitis on one nostril, post-nasal drip, and chronic cough for 20 years. I have seen doctors and ENT specialists but have not been given treatment. I can’t take Sudafed because it conflicts with other medications.

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