Chronic Nasal Drip

Chronic Nasal Drip

nosel-dripThe most common cause of nasal drip is allergies.  Triggers in the air cause the nasal mucosa to generate inflammatory mediators that produce clear mucous. Nasal steroid and/or antihistamine sprays are a first line treatment for this followed by allergy shots if deemed necessary by allergy testing.

Other causes for nasal drip include excess mucous production from hyperactivity of the nerves in the nasal cavity (vasomotor rhinitis) that can usually be addressed with anticholinergic nasal sprays. If these sprays fail to control the nasal drip a procedure is required to surgically ligate the vidian nerve that is responsible for the excessive mucous secretion.

A vidian nerve section is a highly specialized procedure that requires fellowship level expertise to perform successfully and avoid complications.

 

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