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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
I have been recently seeing an ENT doctor regarding sore throat upon awakening that has recently turned into what is presumably post-nasal drip. I feel an accumlation of mucus at the back of my throat, which is terribly uncomfortable and distracting. My physician has told me that I have a deviated septum. If allergy medication (which I have tried) does not work, what else can treat PND?
A sore throat in the morning and the feeling of mucus in the throat can be due to postnasal drip with or without allergy or laryngopharyngeal reflux. A thorough examination in the office may help guide the diagnosis. Allergy testing and/or an evaluation of the esophagus (barium swallow) may help to differentiate between the two etiologies.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati