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About Swollen Turbinates

Prompt Treatment of Swollen Turbinates Can Prevent Further Pain and Misery

Turbinates are structures in the nasal passage that help moisturize and clean air as it enters the nostrils in order to make the breathing process more effective. Misshapen or swollen turbinates can cause difficulty breathing and other respiratory-related disorders. In severe cases, atypical turbinates can contribute to substantial health problems such as sinusitis or sleep apnea.

Surgical procedures have become increasingly effective as well as less invasive over the past several years. Expert surgeons at miVIP utilize the advanced diagnostic techniques and state-of-the art surgical interventions when correcting atypical turbinates with nasal surgery. At miVIP, ENT surgeons routinely perform nasal surgeries that achieve optimal results for patients and relieve symptoms associated with turbinate abnormalities.

Millions of Americans are Affected

Swollen turbinates are frequently associated with a condition called rhinitis, which causes the mucous membranes to become inflamed. When the mucous membranes swell, so do the turbinates. It has estimated that over 50 million Americans have some form of chronic rhinitis.

Common Causes of Turbinate Swelling and Other Abnormalities

It is not uncommon for individuals to experience some degree of turbinate swelling for a finite period of time. Common causes of swelling include:

  • Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever or simply “allergies”
  • Reparatory infections including the common cold
  • Inflammation and swelling due to side-effects from certain medications

Atypical turbinates that are not swollen can also contribute to a variety of breathing issues.

Common Symptoms Associated with Abnormal Turbinates

There are numerous symptoms that may be indicative of swollen or malformed turbinates. Some common symptoms are:

  • Difficulty breathing normally
  • Pressure in the head, nose, or facial area
  • Chronic snoring or chronically poor quality of sleep
  • Headaches and facial pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Recurring or persistent nosebleeds
  • Chronic sinus infections

Treatment Options for Swollen or Malformed Turbinates

Symptoms can be addressed with pharmaceutical treatments or nasal surgery. Medication options for symptom management of swollen turbinates include antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and other types of prescription or over-the-counter medications.

Patients that suffer from more severe cases of turbinate abnormalities can benefit from nasal surgery in order to provide a more permanent solution rather than continual symptom management. ENT surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers commonly utilize a variety of different techniques when addressing issues associated with atypical turbinates.

ENT surgeons have more advanced options when treating different patients that experience different levels of severity of swelling. Advanced procedures such as radiofrequency turbinate reduction can be used to shrink swollen turbinates, or more traditional approaches to nasal surgery may be recommended. It is important for all patients to work with a reputable ENT surgeon as removal of too much of the turbinates can have undesirable effects later on, such as labored breathing.

Early Detection Key to Successful Treatment

Prompt treatment provides a more positive general prognosis. When left untreated, swollen turbinates can contribute to chronic conditions including sinusitis and sleep apnea. The correct surgical intervention can be highly effective in relieving current symptoms as well as preventing future health complications.

Contact Us Today

Call the ENT experts at miVIP at 877-956-2263 to schedule an appointment today, and learn more about effective treatment options for swollen or malformed turbinates.

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