The Nose
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 Nasal Dysfunctions
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Cilia Nasal Mucous Breathing Through the Nose Deviated Nasal Septum
Nasal Polyps Turbinate Hypertrophy Sleep Apnea

Turbinate Hypertrophy

Nasal congestion
is the most common symptom associated with turbinate dysfunction. Infectious and inflammatory causes are the most common etiologies.



The nasal turbinates are filled with blood vessels. They are unconsciously controlled so that they swell on one side at a time and shrink on the other side.

Unfortunately, the size of the inferior turbinates can be too much to allow normal airflow through the nose. People cannot breathe properly when exercising, sleeping or even at rest. This is particularly noticeable for people who also have a deviated septum.

Turbinates are also the tissue that shrinks when we use topical decongestants. Overuse of topical decongestants results in even more swelling of the turbinates after the medication has worn off.