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Dry throat, diagnosed as post nasal drip. Taken cough suppressant. What could it be?

Hi I wake up every night, multiple times a night with a dry scratchy feeling in my throat . Mainly in one area only. I don t feel like I have a runny nose . Went to the dr and they said allergies, post nasal drop. Told me to take allergie meds. I have done that plus a cough suppressant before bed and nothing is helping. I use a guard at night while I sleep or grinding and tmj and thought maybe it needed to be replaced. Tried that, didn t work. What could it be?
Asked On : Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response
Your symptoms of post nasal drip, dry and itchy throat, possible nasal obstruction is likely to be related to house dust mite allergy. It is of course possible that you have pther allergies such as to grass or tree pollens, animal dander (especially if you have pets).
You therefore need to get either blood tests (specific IgE) or skin prick tests to exclude these allergies.

if proven dust mite allergy, winter (western countries) and rainy seasons are worst due to increased humidity. Long acting non-sedative antihistamines like allegra 180mg ad nasonex 1 spray per nostril once daily are required for a 3-month duration to see the effect.
If you fail optimal therapy, you will need immunotherapy but that would depend on the number of allergies you have.

I hope that helps.
Best Wishes.
Answered: Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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