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Whenever I have constant anxiety my turbinates get swollen. But after I feel relaxed it start to shrink I can literally feel it. What's the relation?

Whenever I have constant anxiety my turbinates get swollen. But after I feel relaxed it start to shrink I can literally feel it. What's the relation?

NASAL CONGESTION: How do you feel your "turbinates get swollen"? why do you have constant anxiety? are you on any medications or therapy for the anxiety? What are your nasal symptoms? Do you nasal congestion, obstruction, drainage or pain? Acute stress or anxiety is adrenergic and infact decingests the nose; whereas, depression and chronic stress is vagal will congest the turbinates. Consult mental health provider. ...Read more

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How big can a swollen turbinate grow in your body?

How big can a swollen turbinate grow in your body?

Turbinate: Turbinates are in the nasal cavity. There are typically three. Best way to visualize is that they are stairs leading up into the sinuses. They can be inflamed which leads to turbinate hypertrophy. ...Read more

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What can be done to reduce swollen turbinates?

What can be done to reduce swollen turbinates?

Decongestant: A decongestant and an antihistamine may help. It would also help to get to the allergic cause of the swollen turbinates and eliminate common causes such as dust mites, mold, cat or dog dander...etc. Best to eliminate the underlying cause than to just treat the symptoms. ...Read more

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Does swollen turbinate cause smelly breath?

Does swollen turbinate cause smelly breath?

If infected: Swollen turbinate is likely caused by an infection, which is frequently smelly. See your ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What does sinus rinses do for swollen turbinates?

What does sinus rinses do for swollen turbinates?

Depends on strength: If you use normal saline strength like 1/2 teaspoonful to 8oz of water it will just flush the nose. If you used hypertonic strength like 3/4 teaspoonful to 8oz water it will decongest turbinates by osmotic pressure ...Read more

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Do I have nasal polyps or swollen turbinates?

Do I have nasal polyps or swollen turbinates?

See ENT: For endoscopic exam. An ENT should be able to differentiate between polyps and turbinates with a proper exam. ...Read more

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What does antihistamines do for swollen turbinates?

What does antihistamines do for swollen turbinates?

Swollen turbinates: Allergies and infections can be treated with specific medications, but other causes of turbinates enlargement often do not respond to medical treatment. ...Read more

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Does swollen nasal turbinates cause a diveated septum?

Does swollen nasal turbinates cause a diveated septum?

No: Nasal septal deviation is a structural (anatomical) problem and not created by swollen turbinates. However it does make obstruction at the deviated side more noticeable since it takes less swelling to create the obstruction. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nasal polyps or swollen turbinates?

Can you tell me about nasal polyps or swollen turbinates?

Turbs and polyps: Both can be caused by allergies and lead to nasal obstruction. Whether you have either or both can only be determined by physical examination. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Will a humidifier or vaporizer help with swollen turbinates?

Will a humidifier or vaporizer help with swollen turbinates?

It may...: It soemwhat depends on why the turbinates are swollen. If it's from dryness and/or irritation, the extra humidity will do wonders. If it's from allergies or a viral infection, it will still help a little, just not as much. It certainly won't hurt, as long as it is safely placed and out of reach of little curious hands such as toddlers and puppies! Clean daily and wash filter often. ...Read more

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Had nasal endoscopy and drs said I had swollen turbinates. Can they tell the difference from this and a nasal poly?

Had nasal endoscopy and drs said I had swollen turbinates. Can they tell the difference from this and a nasal poly?

Yes: The two different issues are as different as a car and a truck. Training lets them know what they are looking at. ...Read more

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If structural abnormalities are ruled out, are swollen turbinates always the cause of congestion such as vaso motor rhinitis?

If structural abnormalities are ruled out, are swollen turbinates always the cause of congestion such as vaso motor rhinitis?

Allergies.: That sounds like allergies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headache, facial pains and earache can be triggered by fragrances, dust mites (sweeping the floor), grass, trees, pets, environmental molds and such. There are outdoor and indoor allergens. See a doctor soon, here or locally, as there are medications that may help. ...Read more

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Can silent reflux cause post nasal drip and swollen turbinates?

Can silent reflux cause post nasal drip and swollen turbinates?

Atypical reflux: Yes your symptoma may be related to silent reflux.A course of twice daily theraputic ppi should be tried to see if you grt symptoimatic relief. ...Read more

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I think I have enlarged turbinates. Can this cause a swollen lymph node on neck if on same side? I'm concerned.

I think I have enlarged turbinates. Can this cause a swollen lymph node on neck if on same side? I'm concerned.

Lymph nodes: Tammy, every young adult has a couple of palpable lymph nodes. Some folks have a big one here, another there, another somewhere else. The rare malignancy (at your age, Hodgkin's) is obviously abnormal. If your nose is troubling you, your physician can examine you -- again, deviated septum or sinus blockage is much more likely to be the problem. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Swollen turbinates causing stuffy nose 9 months now. Tried everything, no help. Thinking of Somnoplasty but concerned about Empty nose Syndrome??

Swollen turbinates causing stuffy nose 9 months now. Tried everything, no help. Thinking of Somnoplasty but concerned about Empty nose Syndrome??

Mixed up: You're just confused about what you actually have, somno-plasty doesn't deal with nasal turbinates. ENT / Allergist would help you control your nasal symptoms, if you have already seen either, a second opinion is your right, antihistamines and antibiotics aren't the only treatment for nasal problems, good luck ...Read more

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For swollen nose turbinate, what is the best procedure with the least side effect to correct this problem, tried medicine it didn't work, somoplasty?

For swollen nose turbinate, what is the best procedure with the least side effect to correct this problem, tried medicine it didn't work, somoplasty?

See ENT or allergist: You need to find out the cause for the turbinate swelling before you can treat it. Oral antihistamine alone does not decongest the nose but adding a decongestant (may raise blood pressure and cause insomnia) may. Best to consult your family doctor-ask for a referral if he can't help you. ...Read more

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Will a saline spray help my turbinates in my nose that are swollen go down..

Will a saline spray help my turbinates in my nose that are swollen go down..

Meds for turbinates: Hello, yes, saline is a great medication to start with. After the saline use, the thickened mucus will reduce in essence cleaning your nose. Using a steroid nasal spray like Nasacort (triamcinolone) or Flonase after a saline spray will allow the steroid spray to better treat the mucus membranes since the thickened mucus layer covering the membranes has been washed away. Afrin is another option but only for 5 days ...Read more

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How far do I stick my nasal spray in my nose & what do I do afterwards & how do I know that it's hitting the turbinates that are swollen.?

How far do I stick my nasal spray in my nose & what do I do afterwards & how do I know that it's hitting the turbinates that are swollen.?

Enough to get med: After inserting the tip of nasal spray for about one cm, preferably in a lying down position at bedtime and breathing normally, press the applicator down firmly to squish the medicine in your nostril, you will immediately feel it entering the nasal chamber which include the turbinates. It will trickle back in your throat also, which us normal as well. ...Read more

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Is it because my turbinates in my nose swollen causing me to wheeze and a stinging like feeling in my chest.

Is it because my turbinates in my nose swollen causing me to wheeze and a stinging like feeling in my chest.

Chest stjnging: The turbinates are not likely causing the wheezing in the chest or the stinging pain in the chest. Did you have a recent viral infection? It can be costochondritis. This is pain with breathing deeply and can be relieved with 600 mg of Motrin over the counter three times a day. If the pain in more in the back, get the urine checked by your doctor. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Very swollen (obstructive), red turbinates most of the time. Wut does this mean? Allergic rhinitis? Or non allergic rhinitis? Or chronic sinusitis?

Very swollen (obstructive), red turbinates most of the time. Wut does this mean? Allergic rhinitis? Or non allergic rhinitis? Or chronic sinusitis?

It means chronic: Rhinitis, whether allergic or not, allergist evaluation and probably allergy testing would tell, sinusitis can accompany Rhinitis but again, physician evaluation and probably imaging studies would confirm the diagnosis, goodluck ...Read more

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Swollen irritated nasal passages/turbinates for 11 weeks now out of the blue. Nothing helping. No mucous. Nasal and oral steroids, neti-pot no help!

Swollen irritated nasal passages/turbinates for 11 weeks now out of the blue. Nothing helping. No mucous. Nasal and oral steroids, neti-pot no help!

ENT consult: If you have had these nasal issues for the past 11 weeks you will need definitive nasopharyngoscopy (direct visualization of the sinuses, throat and vocal cords.; 11 weeks is entirely too long. You may want to seek a second opinion with scoping. ...Read more

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Can high cortisol levels due to prolonged stress cause swollen turbinates or nasal congestion?

Can high cortisol levels due to prolonged stress cause swollen turbinates or nasal congestion?

Sress link to all: Free can cause nasal congestion not swollen turbinatesbut work on stress without medication and see you get better. YOGA, meditate ...Read more

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Swollen turbinates for last 6 months. Dx vasomotor Rhinitis. Positive nasal swab for Coag Negative staph. Could this be cause of Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Swollen turbinates for last 6 months. Dx vasomotor Rhinitis. Positive nasal swab for Coag Negative staph. Could this be cause of Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Definitely not: A culture like that is essentially useless. Staph CN organisms in this setting are 'just along for the ride' and have nothing to do with your sinus disease. That might have been different if a true pathogen was found (like Strep) but I'm pretty sure this is just what we call 'normal flora'. The sinuses are not a sterile place, so there are ordinary bacteria there. I would seek more about ALLERGY. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with a swollen nasal turbinate. Taking claritin. Usually find it hard to breathe and mild dizziness, can I still exercise or is it dangerous?

Diagnosed with a swollen nasal turbinate. Taking claritin. Usually find it hard to breathe and mild dizziness, can I still exercise or is it dangerous?

Yes: Claritin alone is not going to provide any decongestion. An antihistamine with a decongestant (usually with a - d behind the name) would be more helpful but may keep you awake. You should check with your doctor re. A rx nasal spray and perhaps rule out a sinus infection. ...Read more