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What r the possible causes of chronic inferior and middle turbinate swelling? if one has no allergies detected on skin test and r healthy otherwise

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Dr. Martin Ostro
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Rhinitis: About 20% of people develop rhinitis. Rhinitis is inflammation of the nose due to overactivity of t cells in the nose. Mild irritants will increase symptoms, i.e., irritant rhinitis. In 80% of rhinitis cases there is allergic antibody production so there is an also allergic component. In the other 20% of cases no allergic antibodies are produced and symptoms are only aggravated by mild irritants.
Dr. John McMahan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 48 years experience
Swollen turbinates can also be a symptom of sinusitis which may be an aftereffect of an irritation or virus. See an ENT specialist.
Mar 17, 2013

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