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Turbinates are small bony structures inside the nose that helps cleanse, warm, and humidify the air that passes through the nasal cavity. Exposure to infections, irritation, or allergies results in inflammation or swelling of turbinates. Nasal antihistamine sprays and nasal corticosteroids are used to treat swollen turbinates.

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I am struggling with breathing problem. Kindly advice me about turbinate reduction.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. I have been struggling with breathing through my nose my whole life. When I was a child, I did not know if others breathed like me or not. I would expand the skin on my cheekbones sideways to open my nasal airways and breathe better for a second. I started in...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need to have a look at the CT to assess how much of a space you have inside the nasal cavities, whether the enlarged turbinates are causing airway compromise, whether there is any adenoid remnant in the nasopharynx, whether there is any polyp or mucosal thickening ...  Read Full »

Will nasal adhesion removal surgery affect the appearance of my nose?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently got a nasal adhesion removed from my nose. I was told there would be no swelling after the operation. Will this procedure affect the appearance of my nose or cause any swelling? It took years for my skin to settle and regain its original texture after a septorhinoplasty beca...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The inside nasal tissue is entirely different from the outside nasal tissue. The inside tissue is a mucosa, while the outside one is a skin. This type of operation does not cause any nasal swelling, and even if the swelling happens, it will be a temporary swelling just...  Read Full »

I underwent a chest X-ray. Please review my reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a chest and sinus X-ray a couple of days ago and I need help reading and explaining it. I had a runny nose and a cough with phlegm so the ENT doctor asked for a chest X-ray. I have attached the images of the reports.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am able to view your paranasal sinus X-rays. It shows mild haziness in the left maxillary sinus compared to the opposite side which can be due to a mild sinus infection. The ri...  Read Full »

Does my insensitivity to airflow through the nose be due to crust formation post turbinoplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a turbinoplasty with radiofrequency about 11 days ago. I have removed the splints on day 7. But it has been four days since I cannot feel pain, temperature, and the airflow in my noses. It first started with the left side, now on both sides. What can it be?   Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Can you please give us the surgery notes? Turbinoplasty should not cause this problem. Is there any crust formation inside? Did the ENT do an endoscopy after surgery and clear all debris and crusts (I mean after pack removal/splint removal)? What medicines are you ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for nasal growth and breathing issues?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed a small pinkish growth in his nose, because of which he has breathing problems. What to do? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. The pinkish growth in the nose will probably be the turbinate. The inferior turbinate is present inside each nasal cavity. The size of the turbinate is dynamic and sometimes may be slightly bigger than the other. The...  Read Full »

Can smoking cause irritation, inflammation, and swelling of the turbinate and nasal mucosa?

Query: Hello doctor, My left nasal turbinate is red and inflamed. It is hurting, and sometimes even the right nasal turbinate is also inflamed and hurting, but it is usually on the left side. I could feel popping and clicking sounds in sinuses, the pressure inside my nose, brain fog, difficulty in remembe...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The most common reason for your symptom is severe allergic rhinitis associated with sinusitis. You will find some answers to the questions that you have asked in the explanation below. However, I have separately an...  Read Full »

Why do I get nose block on the right side even after turbinoplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a septoplasty and turbinoplasty under general anesthesia six months ago. I had them because when I lay down to sleep, whichever side I was sleeping on would swell up completely. The amount of pressure was so extreme that it was impossible to get more than 3.5 to 4 hours of sleep,...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read the details sent by you. It would be better if you can send me the pre-operative and post-operative CT scan pictures. A repeat nasal surgery is not so commonly required unless the patient develops sinusitis or nasal polyps. As per your details, it seems to be ...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my swollen nostrils with post nasal drip?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a history of gastritis and hiatal hernia and was fine for several years. But it has come back due to me smoking marijuana. My GI doctor prescribed me Pantoprazole, which I have been taking for a month, but later I stopped taking Pantoprazole 20 mg because it messed with my teeth. M...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your concerns, the swelling you are describing is most probably turbinate hypertrophy. One treatment method is medical treatment, if it does not improve, it may require surgery, i.e., reduction of turbinate. And as you have post nasal drip and turbinate hypertro...  Read Full »

Do I need a correction surgery to get a good shape to my nose?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a septoplasty and turbinate reduction three months ago, and I assumed there would be no change in the shape of my nose. Initially, it was very swollen, so I thought it was swelling that caused the change in shape. However, it has been three months now, and my nose looks very dif...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I went through the pictures you shared (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Sorry to know that you do not like the change. I am not sure if you are explained about the procedure and the potential changes it may bring ...  Read Full »

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