How To Tell The Difference Between Post Nasal Drip And COVID-19?
If you’re experiencing post nasal drip and are concerned that it might be a symptom of COVID-19, you may find some comfort in knowing that the two are not typically associated.
Post nasal drip is often considered a symptom of other illnesses and conditions, such as the common cold or seasonal allergies.[*][*] (For more detailed information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment, read What Is Post Nasal Drip?)
Here’s a list of common causes often associated with the onset of post nasal drip.
Most common causes:
- A cold or flu
- Allergies (especially seasonal allergies)
- Sinus infection or sinusitis
Conditions to be aware of:
- Object or debris lodged in the nose
- Certain medications (birth control and blood pressure medications)
- Deviated septum
- Chronic respiratory conditions, such as COPD
- Vasomotor rhinitis (a heightened sensitivity to stimuli)
Environmental and other triggers:
- Weather conditions (sudden changes or dryness)
- Certain foods (especially spicy foods)
- Off-gases from chemicals, perfumes, cleaning products, smoke, or other irritants
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Although it affects people differently, post nasal drip is not considered a typical reaction to the virus.[*]
However, other similar symptoms commonly associated with post nasal drip, such as a sore throat, congestion, and coughing, are also associated with COVID-19. Here’s a list of common symptoms and signs commonly associated with COVID-19 according to The World Health Organization:
Commonly reported symptoms:
- dry cough
Additionally reported symptoms:
- aches and pains
- sore throat
- loss of taste or smell
- a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes
More serious symptoms could include “difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, and loss of speech or movement. If you have any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.”[*]
Post nasal drip is relatively common, affecting almost everyone at some point or another. If your post nasal drip symptoms continue to be a problem for longer than 10 days, you should consult a healthcare professional to seek advice.[*] In most cases, post nasal drip does not indicate the presence of COVID-19.[*] However, if other symptoms of the virus are also present or if you believe you could have contracted the coronavirus, you should seek medical treatment.
If you are concerned about your health and are experiencing symptoms of post nasal drip or COVID-19, please consult your physician immediately for professional advice. If you’re looking for State specific information on COVID-19, please consult the US Government State Health Website.