When allergy or sinus issues hit, you can blame all the usual suspects — pollen, mold, dust and pet dander — but you can also blame your turbinates. A turbinate sounds like something you’d find on an airplane, but what it is is mainly soft tissue structures within the nose that support your nasal passages and clean, warm and moisturize the air as it passes through your airway. When they become inflamed, due to respiratory infections or allergies (see image), it becomes difficult to breathe through your nose.
You can treat turbinate inflammation with the same prescription or over-the counter medications you use for your other sinus symptoms. Antihistamines, decongestants and nasal spray will all work, but they are all only temporary fixes. In addition, if you have long-term or chronic turbinate inflammation, medication may lose its effectiveness.
At Connecticut Sinus Center, we specialize in a same-day, in-house procedure called Turbinate Reduction that doesn’t just address the cause of the inflammation, but actually addresses the inflammation itself, clearing the passageway for air to flow more freely. The procedure involves decreasing the size of the turbinate by making a small incision in it’s lining and removing a small amount of bone.
The benefits of turbinate reductions include:
- Increased air flow
- Decrease in common sinus ailments
- Decrease in sinus headaches
- Restoration of sense of smell
- Often a reduction in post nasal drip
- Minimal recovery time
- No external scarring (this is an entirely internal procedure)
If you would like to know if you are eligible for the Turbinate Reduction procedure, make an appointment at CT Sinus Center today with one of our expert physicians. When you come in, we will take the time to thoroughly discuss your symptoms and your medical history. After, we will use a variety of diagnostic methods to examine your airways in order to determine what is keeping you from breathing freely through your nose. During the entire process, we’ll answer all of your questions and help alleviate any concerns.
If you do not qualify for the turbinate procedure, we will work with you to find the right individualized treatment plan for sinus relief. Call us today at 860-BALLOON to see what we can do for you. With our four offices offering services, you are sure to find one convenient to your neighborhood.