Chronic Post Nasal Drip
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Anybody ever have a problem with this condition or know someone who did?  Is there any way to beat it?  I've tried all kinds of vitamins and supplements.  I've consulted with a general practice physician, an ENT specialist and two acupuncturists.  I've paid careful attention to what I eat, trying to identify food triggers.  Still the productive coughing and incessant throat clearing beset me. 

Maybe I have a yeast imbalance.  If that's the case, I understand I should eliminate grains from my diet.  But that's a hard thing to do. 

I never get more than a 10 or 12 hour respite from the infernal hacking.  It's driving me--and the people who live with me--up a wall. 
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#2
Go to an allergist or an Nose and Throat specialist. 
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#3
(04-25-2010, 09:42 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: Go to an allergist or an Nose and Throat specialist. 

I'm thinking I'll try an allergist next.  I've already tried an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. 
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#4
I have the same problem. I suggest the following:

Get your home as free from allergens as you reasonably can -- no cigarette smoke, pet dander, or mold (the worst, in my experience), and keep the dust under control. Get an air purifier to help.

Drink lots of water.

Use a Neti pot.

I recently discovered Neti pots, and I find that if used twice a day, they help a lot, especially if you also stay well hydrated -- drinking plenty of water helps to thin the mucus. I also use a touch of tea tree oil in each nostril to help keep my sinuses clear naturally.
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#5
That's me!

I found staying well hydrated and taking pseudephedrine helps. Don't purchase too much at once, at least here in California they'll assume you're a meth manufacturer.
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(04-26-2010, 03:00 AM)Iuvenalis Wrote: That's me!

I found staying well hydrated and taking pseudephedrine helps. Don't purchase too much at once, at least here in California they'll assume you're a meth manufacturer.

I remember when you could buy that stuff behind the counter at any little grocery store ...

I used to take it to stay up and study when I was in college. I don't recommend it except in a pinch! It is really bad for you.
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(04-25-2010, 09:58 PM)anamchara Wrote:
(04-25-2010, 09:42 PM)QuisUtDeus Wrote: Go to an allergist or an Nose and Throat specialist. 

I'm thinking I'll try an allergist next.  I've already tried an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. 

usually EENTs, or otolaryngologists as they like to be called today, do allergy testing.  they just have to draw blood for the testing they do now, unlike the past when they scratched you all over your back with allergens, to see which you reacted to.  although i think you can still get allergy shots if you want to, you can also get sublingual drops.  they have to be refrigerated but that's the only problem with them.  you put a drop under your tongue once or twice a day and that's it.  they don't taste bad.

over the years i've been through the old scratch tests and shots and then the blood tests and sublingual drops.  they helped but i'm not symptom-free by any means.  last time i was tested they said i wasn't allergic to anything but i find that hard to believe.  not allergic to dust mites?  and why do i still have all these symptoms?  i need to go back to the oto. doc.

people who use a neti pot or otherwise snort water into their sinuses say it really helps.  one friend uses an infant's nasal syringe to squirt water into her sinuses while my mother-in-law just snorted the water up out of her hand or a bowl.  i've never mastered the art.

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(04-26-2010, 07:55 AM)Satori Wrote:
(04-26-2010, 03:00 AM)Iuvenalis Wrote: That's me!

I found staying well hydrated and taking pseudephedrine helps. Don't purchase too much at once, at least here in California they'll assume you're a meth manufacturer.

I remember when you could buy that stuff behind the counter at any little grocery store ...

I used to take it to stay up and study when I was in college. I don't recommend it except in a pinch! It is really bad for you.

??? It's not ephedrine, and not sure how you used it as a study aid, I take it before bed-- it's not 'ephedrine' it's pseudephedrine (aka 'Sudafed'), I think you're getting them confused?
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#9
No, she was talking about meth.  She only uses it on occasion for studying.  Ice Ice baby.
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#10
if everything else has failed, including allergy testing and eliminating all dairy my last question would be do you still have your adenoids?
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