About Swollen Turbinates

Swollen Turbinates

Turbinates are the twisting bony structures in the nasal passage that help moisturize and clean the air as it enters the nostrils. Unfortunately, when turbinates swell or are misshapen, they can cause problems like difficulty breathing. In severe cases, significant health problems like sleep apnea or sinusitis can be brought on by swollen turbinates. At miVIP Surgery Centers, ENT surgeons perform advanced nasal surgery to relieve the issues associated with turbinate abnormalities.

Treatment for problems associated with swollen turbinates has become especially advanced in the last several years. At miVIP, traditional resectioning is one option for treating the condition. Our ENT surgeons can also use radiofrequency ablation and KTP-532 laser treatment to shrink the turbinates in a quick, precise procedure. In fact, nasal surgery is even available on an outpatient basis at miVIP Surgery Centers.

Causes of Swollen Turbinates

Most people have experienced some degree of turbinate swelling at some point, because there are various factors that can cause turbinates to swell. Allergies and respiratory infections are a common cause of swelling; certain drugs and medication may also lead to inflammation. Turbinates that are unusually formed may also cause breathing problems, even when they are not swollen.

Common Symptoms

There are many symptoms that can indicate a problem with turbinates, whether the issue is swelling or malformation. These warning signs include:

  • Congestion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Perception of pressure
  • Headaches or facial pain
  • Snoring or disrupted sleep
  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Persistent sinus infections
Sometimes, non-invasive treatments can relieve all of these symptoms. In other cases, nasal surgery may be necessary to improve breathing and mitigate other health risks.

Treatment for Swollen Turbinates

Non-invasive treatments for swollen turbinates include decongestants, antihistamines, and other medications. In more severe cases when these treatments are not effective, nasal surgery like turbinate resection or reduction is an option. At miVIP Surgery Centers, ENT surgeons can perform a standard resectioning and remove a portion of the bony structure, or they can use advanced technology to shrink the turbinates without removing anything.

The technique used will depend on each individual case and the degree of turbinate swelling. Removing too much of the turbinate can also have undesirable effects, like nasal dryness or labored breathing. This is one reason that miVIP ENT surgeons use the most advanced and precise technology available to ensure optimal outcomes.

Swollen Turbinates Prognosis

If treatment is not pursued swollen turbinates can cause discomfort, and they can contribute to chronic conditions like sinusitis. Turbinate swelling can also cause serious health problems like sleep apnea. However, surgery can be very effective in reducing the size of the turbinate, relieving breathing problems, and preventing other health complications.

Anyone who needs more information about nasal surgery to treat swollen turbinates should contact miVIP Surgery Centers at 855-496-4847.