About Nasal Drip
Nasal drip, or rhinorrhea, is often caused an inflammatory process from sinus infections or allergies. Allergens can cause the nasal and sinus lining to produce more mucous. This is known as allergic rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis occurs as an exaggerated immunologic response to an allergen exposure. Another entity, non-allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis, is a nasal drip that results from other triggers such as food or odors. Oftentimes, the irritant is not found. This type of rhinitis is more common in the elderly population (though it can occur in any age group).
Nasal Drip Treatment
Treatment of nasal drip vary depending on the cause and can include topical nasal sprays and oral medication. Allergic rhinitis often responds to antihistamines, topical or oral steroids, saline irrigations, and immunotherapy. Lifestyle modifications and allergen avoidance also plays a major role. Atrovent (ipratropium bromide) nasal spray is often an effective way to treat vasomotor or non-allergic rhinitis.
Alternatives to medical treatment include in-office procedures such as cryoablation or radio frequency ablation of the vidian nerve, or surgical procedures such as turbinate reduction.
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