Post nasal drip and chronic throat clearing are very common complaints. Without other associated symptoms of allergy: (runny nose, sneezing, congestion and/ or itchy eyes), allergies and sinus problems, may not be the cause. These are common symptoms of “silent reflux”. Silent reflux does not present with classic “heart burn” and indigestion. Stress is a large contributing factor and many people can link the start of their symptoms to a recent stressful event.
How Does Stress Cause Acid Reflux and Post Nasal Drip?
Stress increases stomach acid and some of that excess acid will reflux up. The mucous will drip in the back of the nose and throat to coat the throat and provide protection from acid that can otherwise burn and cause ulcers. The mucous is thick and the need to clear it off the vocal cords can be a fairly constant or an intermittent symptom during the day. A trial of an over the counter reflux medication may help. If it is not helping or after stopping the medication the symptoms return, request a consultation with ENT Dr. Stacy Silvers. Other common silent reflux symptoms include: dry cough, lump in the throat, throat pain, hoarseness and trouble swallowing.
To Request an appointment with Dr. Silvers at her office on Madison Ave. in New York City, call (212) 213-3339.