Do You Have Excessive Nasal Discharge?

Nasal discharge is common, but rarely serious. The inner lining of the nose consists of mucus membrane that contains mucus-secreting glands. The mucus helps to keep the nasal passages moist and prevent dust or infective particles suspended in the air from reaching the lungs. Drainage from swollen or infected sinuses may be thick or discolored.

The type of discharge usually gives provides insight to underlying cause of the patient’s ailment. For example:

  • A thin and clear discharge indicates common cold, flu or allergy.
  • A thick and yellowish or greenish yellow discharge indicates bacterial infection.

Causes for mucus discoloration may include:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Hay fever
  • Head injury
  • Nasal sprays
  • Sinusitis
  • Small objects in the nostril (especially in children)

Treating Nasal Discharge in Houston

In general, you should be able to reduce your nasal discharge at home through medication such as antihistamines, etc. . However, in some more extreme cases intervention by a specialist may be needed.

If you have nasal discharge, learn more about its cause, and what treatment options may be right for your.  Our experienced ENT doctor at Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in sinus treatments, and can provide  you with the help you need, so book an assessment today.

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