Treatment for Enlarged Turbinates

Each nasal passage has three turbinates, small structures that are designed to warm and moisten the air while filtering it as it enters the body. The inferior, middle and superior turbinate can become enlarged, creating a blockage in the nasal passage. Enlarged or hypertrophied turbinates are common with colds and allergies but may be caused by other nasal issues. City Sinus Care offers advanced treatment for enlarged turbinates at our center in Manhattan, NY.

Symptoms of Turbinate Hypertrophy

When any of the turbinates in the nose are enlarged, it can restrict breathing. Most patients complain about a “stuffy” nose that does not clear. Other symptoms you may notice if you have turbinate hypertrophy include:

  • Snoring
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Headaches
  • Runny nose or postnasal drip

Temporary enlarged nasal turbinates are common, but if you have chronic nasal congestion or obstruction, you may need treatment for enlarged turbinates.

What Causes Enlarged Nasal Turbinates

There are many factors that can contribute to enlarged nasal turbinates. The turbinates contain both bone and soft tissue that can be enlarged, creating a blockage in the nasal passage. Some of the common causes of enlarged turbinates include:

  • Allergies and colds
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Chemical irritants or smoke
  • Congenital abnormalities

A bent septum can impact the first (inferior) turbinate. Injuries to the nose can also cause changes to the nose structure that can result in turbinate hypertrophy.

Resolving Enlarged Turbinates

The first step in restoring better breathing while living with enlarged turbinates is a thorough nasal exam. Dr. Greg Levitin at City Sinus Care can perform an exam to determine the cause of your turbinate hypertrophy and recommend treatment. Many patients can find relief with using OTC medications and avoiding triggers that cause more turbinate inflammation. If more aggressive treatment is needed for relief, Dr. Levitin can recommend the best turbinate reduction procedure.

If you have chronic congestion due to enlarged turbinates, seek relief by visiting us at City Sinus Care. Contact our office in NYC to schedule an exam and consultation with our ENT specialist, Dr. Greg Levitin.