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Nasal Drainage
Jan 2, 2001

Dear Doctors:

I have been poz for over two years and very shortly after my ARS illness I noticed a constant nasal drainage in the back of my throat. I had x-rays taken and there is no infection and mucous is clear. Is this just a problem due to HIV or something else. I went to an ENT and he had no answer. Is there something that helps like Sudafed?

Thanks and happy New year!


Response from Dr. Young

Given that you have seen an ENT and the characteristics of the drainage, I don't have a strong suspicion of a serious problem. Sinus drainage is not uncommon among people with HIV infection; it is possible that you may have a environmental or food allergy too.

Treatment for this condition varies from cause to cause. We typically don't recommend long-term use of over the counter medications, such as Sudafed. I'd ask your ENT as to possible interventions. We use nasal washes with good success here. -BY

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

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