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Are you experiencing Nasal Obstruction Affecting Your Breathing? | Dr Sanjeev Mohanty

Turbinates are normal structures in the nose that you’ve probably never heard of. They are structures made of bone and soft tissue that live at the bottom of the nose along the outside wall of the nasal cavity.

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Source : Wikipedia ; Turbinate | Dr Sanjeev Mohanty
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There are multiple turbinates on both sides of the nose, but the ones that are the most important in nasal breathing are the inferior turbinates. The soft tissue portions of these structures are dynamic. They swell and shrink to help regulate airflow within the nose. However, these can become quite swollen if they get inflamed from irritants or allergies. The more swollen they are, the more space they take up in the nose and the more nasal obstruction you might feel.

Medicines may be used to help shrink down swelling and counteract the allergies that may be responsible for the swelling in the first place. If medicines are not effective, surgery may be performed to reduce the size of the turbinates and reposition them so that it opens up more space in the nose for breathing. This is often done in conjunction with septoplasty or correction of the deviated nasal septum, but can be performed alone. It can be performed safely under local anesthesia too.

If you’re having nasal obstruction issues, make an appointment with your ENT surgeon and specialists for thorough clinical evaluation and get treated.

KEYWORDS: Turbinates, Nasal Cavity, Nasal Breathing, Swelling, Irritants, Allergies, Septoplasty, Anesthesia, ENT, Surgeon

For further queries about the infections, diseases, and treatments of the ear, nose or throat, Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics in Chennai, India can help in a number of ways,

Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics

Manapakkam, Chennai, India.

For Consultation: +91 97910 74677


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