How do you treat enlarged turbinates?
If your turbinates are swollen , your doctor may prescribe medication (e.g., nasal corticosteroid and nasal antihistamine sprays) to reduce the swelling. If enlarged inferior turbinates are causing your nasal obstruction, surgery may be the recommended treatment .
Is turbinate surgery painful?
During the recovery period after turbinate reduction , most patients have pain , fatigue, nasal stuffiness, and nasal drainage after surgery . Pain is generally very mild with this type of surgery . Most patients tell us that they have to take only a few doses of their pain medicine during the entire postoperative period.
How long does it take to recover from turbinate reduction surgery?
It will likely return to normal in 1 to 2 months. Most people can return to work or school in about 1 week and to their normal routine in about 3 weeks . However, this varies with your job and the extent of your surgery. You will probably feel fully recovered in 1 to 2 months.
What causes turbinates to swell?
In some cases, the turbinates enlarge as a reaction to seasonal allergens. Sometimes, enlargement is caused by environmental irritants. Chronic sinusitis, which causes persistent inflammation in the nasal passages, may also trigger chronic swelling of the turbinates .
How do I know if my turbinates are enlarged?
Turbinate hypertrophy makes it harder for you to breathe through your nose. Some of the additional symptoms include: altered sense of smell. dry mouth upon awakening, which happens when you sleep with your mouth open because you can’t breathe through your nose.
Does Flonase help swollen turbinates?
For turbinate swelling , medicines like Sudafed, Claritin, Flonase , or Benadyl usually stop the swelling . In our office, we have patients take of trials of medicines like these to see of the swelling clears up.
Do turbinates grow back after surgery?
If we look at the turbinates after surgery (right-hand image) we can now see that there is much more space for the breath. The reduction will last for the rest of the patient’s life. The nasal turbinates will never grow back . Many techniques for reducing nasal turbinates exist, such as radiofrequency treatment.
Is turbinate surgery effective?
When performed for the appropriate reasons, turbinate reduction surgery is very successful in reducing symptoms of congestion.
Is turbinate reduction surgery safe?
Turbinate reduction surgery is very safe , especially when it’s performed by a board-certified ear, nose and throat physician. However, all surgeries carry some degree of risk, and a turbinate reduction is no different. These risks include: Infection and excessive bleeding.
How can I reduce turbinates without surgery?
Can You Reduce Swelling In The Turbinates Without Turbinate Reduction Surgery ? Nasal or oral steroid sprays. Nasal or oral antihistamines. Nasal saline sprays or high volume irrigations. Oral decongestants (not nasal decongestants, as these, can often allow relapse as soon as the medication is stopped)
Will turbinate reduction help post nasal drip?
Turbinate reduction surgery is performed to correct nasal obstruction by reducing the turbinate size while preserving the natural function of the turbinates . The goal is to improve nasal breathing and reduce nasal drainage and post – nasal drip .
How do you treat swollen turbinates naturally?
How can you care for yourself at home ? Take your medicines or use nasal sprays exactly as prescribed. Ask your doctor about cough medicines and decongestants, including nasal sprays. Use a vaporizer or humidifier to add moisture to your bedroom. Use saline (saltwater) nasal washes to help keep your nasal passages open.
How do I know if I need turbinate reduction?
Turbinate reduction is usually indicated when enlargement obstructs other portions of the nose and airway causing disorders such as sleep apnea, congestion, postnasal drip, and difficulty breathing. Turbinates are the portion of your nose that works to warm and moisten the air you breathe.
Why do my turbinates swell at night?
However, allergic reactions, chronic inflammation, and exposure to irritants can cause ongoing turbinate swelling or turbinate hypertrophy. This condition causes it to become more difficult to breathe through the nose. A sufferer of turbinate hypertrophy tends to have difficulty breathing at night and loud snoring.