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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 more
Is there a medicine without steroids, that will shrink swollen turbinate, I am now using pantanase without much help. Thank you?
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
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
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 more
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
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
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
Very swollen (obstructive), red turbinates most of the time. Wut does this mean? Allergic rhinitis? Or non allergic rhinitis? Or chronic sinusitis?
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
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
I think I have swollen/enlarged nasal turbinates. I plan to schedule a appointment with an ENT but may not be able to get in for a few weeks. What can I take to reduce it? I'm 25 wks prego as well.
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?
I wake up often with nasal or blockages of para nasal passages, preventing normal breathing, any solutions? So far Ent dr says swollen turbinates only
Nasal steroids: Ask your private physician about the use of nasal cortisone ...Read more
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