What are Inferior Turbinates?
The inferior turbinates are the hot dog look-alike structures that sit on the floor of the side wall of the nose. It is the lining of the inferior turbinates that swell and shrink throughout the day causing us to be stuffy on one side, sometimes both. Within the lining of the inferior turbinates are numerous mucinous glands which make… you guessed it… mucus!
Our nose makes a normal amount of mucus that we really don’t even notice. This is swept backwards, and we swallow it. However, sometimes the mucinous glands go into overdrive and make too much mucus which overwhelms our nose. This is when it starts driTpping out the front and/or we start having to swallow or spit out the excessive mucus draining backwards into our throat.
Less common causes
Less common causes of excessive nasal drainage, called rhinorrhea, are situations where mechanical blockage prevents the proper flow of mucus. Examples of this situation are a severe deviated septum, nasal polyps, and nasal tumors