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Doctor insights on: How To Shrink Swollen Turbinates

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo Dr. Ishoo
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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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.

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Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
University of Nevada School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Richard Davidson Dr. Davidson
Dentistry - Periodontics
47 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Tipu Sultan Dr. Sultan
Internal Medicine - Allergy
years in practice
University of the Punjab, King Edward Medical College
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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

Dr. Nick Debnath Dr. Debnath
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
16 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Reuel Aspacio Dr. Aspacio
Dermatology
29 years in practice
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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.

Dr. Suzanne Galli Dr. Galli
Facial Plastic Surgery
20 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Dean Giannone Dr. Giannone
Internal Medicine
21 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Patrick Mckenna Dr. Mckenna
Preventive Medicine
10 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can you tell if it's your turbinate swollen or a tumor in your nose? Help please?

How can you tell if it's your turbinate swollen or a tumor in your nose? Help please?

Medical examination: Differentiating between the two would require an exam by an experienced medical provider.

Dr. Lewis Mufson Dr. Mufson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
50 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Amrit Singh Dr. Singh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Patiala
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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Franklyn Gergits Dr. Gergits
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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