When your nasal airway is obstructed, it can cause discomfort and be an annoyance on your daily living. Nasal airway blockage forces you to breath through your mouth instead of your nose, which can make it difficult to talk, eat, and even sleep. One common cause of obstructed nasal airways is enlarged turbinates, which are tiny mucus membrane covered structures in the nasal passage.
The nasal turbinates help filter out the air that you breath in. Enlarged or irritated turbinates can be caused by:
- Environmental factors such as smoke and chemicals
- Deviated septum or other existing conditions
The size of nasal turbinates can also change throughout the day when you shift the position of your head.
Treating Blocked Nasal Airways
Certain nasal medicine or avoiding allergens can sometimes be enough to calm and manage the symptoms of enlarged turbinates. But there are some situations where these more passive treatments aren’t sufficient enough to treat your symptoms.
Turbinate reduction surgery may be recommended if other options are ineffective. During this procedure, we will leave as much tissue intact as possible due to the function of the turbinates. This is a very targeted treatment option aimed at specifically treating the infected turbinate.
We have successfully performed turbinate reduction surgery on many patients to help them restore their ability to breathe normally, and we want to do the same for you. Many patients can undergo Turbinate Reduction in the office. Call us today to schedule an appointment at our Woodbridge office.