I have life-long post-nasal drip. But I don't think it's an allergy. Could someone help?

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   Posted 6/9/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm 30, and for as long as I can remember I've had chronic sinus issues and sputum production--I cannot go half an hour of socialising or talking without having to spit out phlegm. It's disastrous personally and professionally. I've ruled out food and other allergies, so it must be a genetic predisposition? Apparently I do not have a deviated septum.

Could it be possible I have an adenoid issue? I read this on the web: "Adenoid infection may cause symptoms such as excessive*mucus*production, which can be treated by its removal."

I briefly saw an ENT before, but it was a short visit and he was, although polite, rather dismissive; he did not know the extent of the problem.

(Also, I've asked on another of the sub-forums here, but apparently there is mounting evidence that people who carry *one* gene for CF (as you'll know, you need two mutated genes to express full CF) can be plagued with sinus and mucus problems that fall short of full CF but can still be debilitating. I wonder could that be it?)

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   Posted 6/10/2013 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Sunshine.

I can't really help you, but you are not being ignored.
I have sinus issues, mostly a chronic sinus infection, I believe. My ENT has given up, says I don't have an infection, just sinus disease. He must have different definitions than I do. I don't know what the difference is.

My allergist has been the most help. I take allergy shots for my real diagnosed allergies, but they don't stop my congestion. I am now trying samples of a whole bunch of nasal sprays. Some of the antihistamine ones do some good. The steroid ones are useless - for me. I would recommend you see an allergist and try some of these things.

Hopefully someone will come along with better information.

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   Posted 6/10/2013 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
May be a chronic fungal sinus infection, that may require antifungal nasal rinses and/or systemic antifungal treatment.

Could also be food allergy. My Brother gets a very, very congested nose from foods to which he is allergic.

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