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About Enlarged Turbinates

Stop Suffering From Painful Sinus Symptoms

Turbinates are small masses of tissue that line the inside of the nose that warm and moisten outside air. Chronic nasal congestion could be caused by enlarged turbinates or a deviated nasal septum. The nasal septum is a small section of bone and cartilage that separates the right nostril and airway from the left.

It is not uncommon for patients to experience enlarged turbinates and deviated septum simultaneously. Furthermore, most Americans have a deviated septum. Statistics suggest that as many as four out of five Americans have a slight or substantial deviation of the nasal septum. In addition, enlarged turbinate symptoms can be very similar to deviated septum symptoms, and deviated septum can cause more patients to experience more substantial enlarged turbinate symptoms. Experts at miVIP can recommend the best treatment options available, from sporadic pharmaceutical interventions to nasal surgery, after completing comprehensive diagnostic testing.

Common Causes of Enlarged Turbinates

Turbinates frequently change in response to the environment throughout the day in order to regulate the temperature and quality of air that is inhaled directly into the lungs. A few common causes of enlarged turbinates are:

  • Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as simply allergies or hay fever
  • Infections that cause turbinates to become inflamed
  • Environmental changes such as weather, air quality, and humidity
  • Medications
  • Hormonal changes
  • Changes in the nasal cavity due to aging

Common Symptoms

The surgeons and support staff at miVIP use the latest diagnostic techniques and medical interventions in order to provide the best overall outcomes for patients. It is important to identify the underlying cause of the enlarged turbinate symptoms in each individual patient. Some common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty breathing out of both nostrils
  • Chronic or excessive nasal congestion
  • Unusual feeling of pressure around the nose and face
  • Fatigue and snoring
  • Dry mouth and sore throat
  • Nasal congestion and post-nasal drip
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Frequent or atypical nosebleeds

Treatment Options

Patients that experience infrequent symptoms associated with deviated septum or enlarged turbinates can benefit from behavioral or pharmaceutical treatments that temporarily alleviate bothersome enlarged turbinates symptoms. Depending on the underlying cause, patients may simply avoid airborne allergens that trigger symptoms such as pet dander or opt to undergo nasal surgery.

Pharmaceutical treatments – Common medications can also help temporarily address symptoms. Prescription and over-the-counter antihistamines, corticosteroids, and nasal decongestants can also help patients relieve symptoms on an as-needed basis.

Surgical OptionsNasal surgery can provide a more permanent option for enlarged turbinates symptom relief. Minimally invasive turbinate reduction surgery and radiofrequency turbinate reduction can both address symptoms for patients. Turbinate reduction surgery is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, and no external incisions are made. Radiofrequency turbinate reduction uses different radiofrequencies to reduce targeted areas of tissue.

Nasal surgery can be a minimally invasive and highly effective solution for patients that suffer from chronic enlarged turbinate symptoms.

Call miVIP Surgery Centers Today

Contact the experts at miVIP Surgery Centers at 877-956-2263, and schedule an appointment to learn more about different treatment options. Take control of your health, and experience a higher quality of living with the assistance of our expert ENT surgeons and support staff.

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