Turbinate Dysfunction Causes & Symptoms
What is turbinate dysfunction? What are swollen turbinates?
Turbinate dysfunction occurs when the bone structures on the inside of the nose, called turbinates, do not function properly. The general purpose of the turbinates is to control the airflow in the nasal passage. The most common dysfunction of the turbinates is called turbinate hypertrophy, or enlarged turbinates.
Swollen turbinates are often situational, lasting for a few hours and then returning to their normal state. In other cases, enlarged turbinates is a chronic condition, in which case symptoms are more severe and long-lasting.
What causes turbinate dysfunction?
Turbinate hypertrophy, or enlarged turbinates, is the most common dysfunction experienced. It is generally caused by one of the following conditions:
- Chronic sinusitis
- Deviated septum
- Hormonal changes (e.g., pregnancy)
- Environmental irritants
- Poor air quality
- Household chemicals
What are the symptoms of turbinate dysfunction?
Common symptoms associated with turbinate dysfunction include:
- Blocked nasal airway (nasal obstruction)
- Feeling of pressure in nose or face
- Tiredness / fatigue
- Pain in nasal area or face
How is turbinate dysfunction treated?
Turbinate reduction can be performed at New York ENT in order to reduce the size of nasal turbinates, and decrease the effects of turbinate dysfunction. This minimally invasive procedure is done in-office and can provide significantly improved nasal passages quickly.
If you are suffering from turbinate dysfunction, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of nasal conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.