This article will outline the causes, symptoms, treatment and the ICD 10 CM code for Post Nasal Drip.
Post Nasal Drip ICD 10 Causes
The causes for post nasal drip ICD 10 include:
- allergies (also referred to as the allergic post nasal drip ICD 10)
- sinus infections (sinusitis)
- inflammation of the sinuses (common in children, pregnancy and certain medications, including birth control)
- blood pressure
- deviant septum (an oblique placement of the wall between the two nostrils)
- other problems with the nose structure that affect the sinuses (cold temperatures, dry air, spicy foods
- The problem is not that the patient produces too much mucus, but that it is not sucked out.
In some children, there is a thick, foul-smelling secretion on one side of the nose that is supposed to stick to the nose, such as a bean, piece of paper or a piece of toy.
Post nasal drip ICD 10 is a very common diagnosis. The cause of the problem is a continuous mucus droplet from the sinuses that irritates the throat, along with an excruciating cough and other symptoms. Post nasal drip ICD 10 can occur for a number of reasons, from allergies and viral infections, including colds and sinus infections, to air irritants like fumes and dust. Temporary or normal causes of post nasal drip ICD 10 include certain weather conditions, cold or dry air, and spicy foods. Common causes include a blocked nose, which is more common in young children, pregnancy and certain medications.
Post Nasal Drip ICD 10 Symptoms
Symptoms of a post nasal drip ICD 10 include feeling mucus draining out of the throat, frequent swallowing, clearing of the throat, rustling or gurgling speech, an irritated throat, and the sensation of a lump in the throat. Swallowing problems can occur with age, constipation or a condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD). These problems can cause a build-up of fluid in the throat that feels like a drip down the nose.
Post nasal drip ICD 10 can cause a sore throat or irritation. If these symptoms are observed, a doctor should be consulted. Successful treatment with post-nausea drops can rid the throat of these symptoms. If there is an infection of the tonsils or other tissues, the neck can swell. This can cause discomfort and a feeling of a lump in the throat.
Post Nasal Drip ICD 10 Treatment
There are a number of treatment options including:
- home remedies
- over-the-counter medications
- vapor inhalation
- hot showers to stay hydrated
- thinning mucus
- sleeping with a pillow to prevent mucus from accumulating in the back of the throat
- nasal rinses
- over-the-counter oral decongestants – such as pseudoephedrine (sudafed), phenylephrine (sudafe), PEDs Some medications that may help include antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (chlorotrimetone), loratadine (Claritin), alavert (Fexofenadine, Allegra), cetirizine (Zyrtec), levocetirizein (Xyzal) and desloratadine (Clarinex).
- Patients can also use nasal decongestants such as oxymetazoline, which narrows blood vessels in the nasal passages, resulting in less secretion.
Remember that many medications can be combined with over-the-counter products. For example, several formulations of sudafed contain pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine and additional medications, including paracetamol, dextromethorphan and guaifenesin. Such drugs should be taken within one to two days, as long-term use can do more harm than good.
If these combinations are not effective as prescription treatments, the next best step may be nasal steroid sprays such as beclomethasone, beconase, triamcinolone, nasacort, ipratropium or atrovenous nasal sprays that inhibit secretions such as mucus. These sprays can be effective, but it is important to read the label carefully to avoid taking too much of the active ingredients.
Other treatments depend on the cause of the post nasal drip ICD 10. Antibiotics are not helpful and should not be prescribed if the post nasal drip ICD 10 symptoms are due to a bacterial infection of the sinuses.
In the case of allergies, dusting, vacuuming, mattresses and pillowcases with a special air filter can help to reduce exposure to allergy triggers.
ICD 10 Code For Post Nasal Drip
ICD 10 CM R09.82 Postnasal drip