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The nasal turbinates are long, narrow passageways that help warm and moisten the air that enters through the nose.  Turbinate hypertrophy occurs when the nasal turbinate are too large causing a blockage of airflow. The enlargement of the inferior and middle turbinates most commonly cause turbinate hypertrophy.

Symptoms of Turbinate Hypertrophy

Turbinate hypertrophy main symptom is difficulty breathing through the nose but may also include the following:

  • Altered sense of smell
  • Dry mouth upon awakening due to breathing through the mouth during sleep
  • Mild facial pain and pressure
  • Prolonged nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Snoring

How Is Turbinate Hypertrophy Treated?

Treatment options vary depending of the severity of your symptoms.  If your condition is not severe enough to warrant surgery, medications may be prescribed by your doctor.  Your doctor will also provide advice on how to reduce allergens in your home.

If medication or home remedies do not help significantly reduce the symptoms of turbinate hypertrophy, surgery may be required.  This procedure can be done safely in the office with only local anesthesia with same day improvement in the symptoms.

What Causes Chronic Sinusitis?

Turbinate Hypertrophy can be acute or chronic.  Some of the most common causes of Turbinate Hypertrophy are:

1. Allergies

2. Environmental irritants such as smoking

3. Seasonal allergies

4. Aging

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