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    Old 11-08-2018, 01:19 PM   #1
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    Septoplasty/Turbinate Reduction vs Allergy Shots

    I have had chronic nasal congestion my whole life which is the worst at night when I lie down in bed causing me to have to sleep with my mouth open. I saw an ENT 10 years ago who had me try a lot of different things (saline rinses, steroid nose sprays, dust mite bed covers, etc) and nothing helps. He had said if these things don't offer relief, surgery would be the next option.

    I recently hit my insurance deductible, so I saw another ENT who did a CT scan, and suggested a turbinate reduction and septoplasty or allergy testing and possibly allergy shots. I felt rushed because he was running behind, so I didn't get to ask many questions and he basically ended the appointment saying it was my decision. Would be worth having the surgery done (while I'd only owe 10% with the deductible being met) or would it make more sense to do the allergy testing and shots instead? He said my septum was "tortuous" but it didn't look bad to me on the CT scan as he went through it with me... but he's the doctor.

    Realistically how much could the surgery help my nose to feel more open? And would it possibly help my postnasal drip?

    Also, I've read about open nose syndrome, and it scares me, but it seems rare and the doctor said he had never had a patient who had it after surgery. Is this a risk I should be worried about?

    Thank you!

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    Old 11-09-2018, 03:53 AM   #2
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    Re: Septoplasty/Turbinate Reduction vs Allergy Shots

    Having the surgery should definitely help the breathing. It won't do anything for the PND as that is caused by your allergies. I'd do the allergy testing for sure because you need to know exactly what you are allergic to and how badly. One other thing you mighttry for sleeping, nasal strips. They really do help keep it open. But with that deductible looming you may just want to opt for the surgery.

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