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Old 09-12-2011, 01:11 PM   #1
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turbinate question

Was told by ENT that i have enlarged turbinates (one side bigger than the other but both enlarged) and a slight deviated septum. He attributes the turbinate enlargement to allergies. I never had allergies as a child however as an adult I frequently have runny nose/watery eyes/sneezing fits which could be attributed to some kind of allergy although i have never been formally tested for allergies. I am just wondering if anyone knows of any other reason for these enlarged turbinates. Any info is greatly appreciated!

 
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:56 AM   #2
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Re: turbinate question

Turbinate hyplasia can be caused by something affecting the tissue such as an allergy, but it can also be something just as simple as abnormal development, it may not have been triggered by anything. The mucasl lining and flesh around the turbinate can be the issue, but it could also be the underlying bone which is larger. If it's tissue, mediciation or RF reductions can be done. If it's bone, then surgery to cut some of the bone away is an option.

I had surgery done in JUne for a turbinate reduction and to correct a deviated septum. They were all put down to abnormal development along with other sinus issues.

 
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Old 09-26-2011, 11:00 AM   #3
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Re: turbinate question

Thanks so much for the reply! I really appreciate it! At this point I am constantly blocked up and getting really tired of having to use steroid nasal sprays (which only offer fleeting relief). I think I am going to go back to my ENT for further treatment.

 
Old 09-26-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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Re: turbinate question

If the nasal sprays are not doing any good (and they only would if it was tissue based hyperplasia or hypertrophy) you could ask the ENT for a CT scan which would show which part of the turbinate was enlarged.

 
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