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Turbinate hypertrophy not going away with allergy meds. What causes this? I've tried albuterol thinking it was asthma but that only made things worse.

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Dr. Anne Maitland
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Nasal turbinates

Longstanding exposure to allergens/irritants (tobacco smoke, chemicals), the cells that line the nasal passages not only get inflamed but grow in size ( like a callus on hands).
Otc allergy meds will not shrink hypertrophied turbinates. First line treatment- identify & avoid trigger(s) then consider nasal corticosteroids, which take 7-10 days to work. If no change, time to see ent.

In brief: Nasal turbinates

Longstanding exposure to allergens/irritants (tobacco smoke, chemicals), the cells that line the nasal passages not only get inflamed but grow in size ( like a callus on hands).
Otc allergy meds will not shrink hypertrophied turbinates. First line treatment- identify & avoid trigger(s) then consider nasal corticosteroids, which take 7-10 days to work. If no change, time to see ent.
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