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How To Shrink Swollen Turbinates
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a medicine without steroids, that will shrink swollen turbinate, I am now using pantanase without much help. Thank you?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Medical examination: Differentiating between the two would require an exam by an experienced medical provider. ...Read more
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
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
My turbinates in my nose have been swollen for a year non stop. It makes it hard. To breathe out of my nose, what causes them to swell year round?
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
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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