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Hypertrophied turbinate is a condition affecting the respiratory mucosa. It leads to the excessive growth or enlargement of the turbinates. The nasal turbinates are narrow passageways that aids to warm and moisten the air flowing in through one’s nose. Also known as nasal conchae, if the turbinates are too large then they tend to block airflow. This can give rise to breathing problems, frequent infections, and nosebleeds.
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About Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao
Dr Chaitanya Rao is a member of the esteemed American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and European Rhinologic Society (ERS). With his 10+ years of extensive experience in the domain of ENT, he has a learning approach towards the field. Dr Chaitanya Rao is a true believer of the fact that a doctor needs to keep on updating or upskilling his knowledge round the clock in order to serve the patients with more competence. He advocates his belief by tutoring other ENT specialists through Hyderabad ENT Research Foundation and so far has imparted knowledge to more than 3000 ENT surgeons.
Dr Chaitanya Rao is not only the Best ENT Doctor in Hyderabad but also is the Best Sinus Specialist in India. His areas of expertise include Nose & Sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries.
What is hypertrophied turbinates?
Normally, the nasal cavity contains three sets of turbinates on each sides of the nose namely:
- Superior turbinates
- Middle turbinates
- Inferior turbinates
Most of the airflow in the nose takes place between the middle and inferior turbinates. Enlargement of the middle and inferior turbinates is one of the top causes of hypertrophied turbinates. Hypertrophied turbinates arise as a result of inflammation of the mucosal membranes that are lining the turbinates. When these sensitive membranes containing a large supply of blood vessels get swollen, they lead to health issues like prolonged nasal congestion, nasal obstruction, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
What are the conditions that can trigger hypertrophied turbinates?
The conditions triggering hypertrophied turbinates are:
- Allergic rhinitis (seasonal or perennial)
- Environmental irritants
- Other hormonal changes
- Aging process
- Congenital variations
- Non-allergic or vasomotor rhinitis
- Recurring common cold
- Exposure to certain chemicals
- Emotional stress
- Deviated nasal septum
- Nasal valve collapse
- External nasal deformity
Hypertrophied turbinates make it difficult for one to breathe through the nose as it blocks the nasal air passage. Hence forcing one to breathe through the mouth. When the turbinates are reduced in size, the nasal air passage becomes more relaxed and one can start breathing normally. This reduction of size in turbinates can be gained either by medication or surgery.
How are hypertrophied turbinates treated?
Hypertrophied turbinates can be treated using the following methods:
Medications are often suggested by an ENT doctor to help reduce the symptoms of hypertrophied turbinates. Depending on the distinct cause of the hypertrophied turbinates, viable medications include:
- Nasal saline sprays or rinses
- Nasal antihistamine sprays
- Nasal steroid sprays
- Allergy immunotherapy
If medications do not help to improve one’s symptoms, an ENT doctor may recommend a surgical procedure to decrease the size of turbinates. This procedure is generally performed through the nostrils and does not result in any bruising. The aim of a surgical procedure is to reduce the size of the turbinates to improve airflow through the nose, while retaining the function of the turbinates.
Why Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao
Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao has been actively engaged in serving his patients as the Managing Director at Dr Rao’s ENT Group of Hospitals. Amid his Post – Graduation days, Dr Chaitanya Rao was invited as a visiting physician to House Institute of Medical Sciences, Los Angeles; Rhinology and Anterior skull base unit, Ohio State University Medical Centre, Columbus, Ohio and University of Michigan from where he acquired his knowledge. He is among the very few Indian ENT specialists who have undergone training in Advanced Sinus Surgery at IRCAD Taiwan. Besides this he is the humble recipient of the distinguished Vaidya Vibhushan Award 2019, awarded by Telangana State Government.
Hypertrophied turbinates FAQs
The symptoms of hypertrophied turbinates can be summed us as:
- Altered sense of smell
- Dry mouth upon awakening
- Forehead pressure
- Mild facial pain
- Prolonged nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Nose block
- Breathing trouble
- Postnasal drip
- Bad breath
- Itchy nose
- Sleep apnea
- Hearing loss
- Nasal stuffiness
- Mouth breathing
- Noisy breathing
Mucus also known as snot may seem annoying and inconvenient, but they help one’s body to stay healthy. It is a thin slippery fluid that outlines one’s lungs, throat, mouth, nose and sinuses. Also sticky in nature, its primary function is to trap dust particles, pollutants, pollen, and microorganisms (like bacteria and viruses). By capturing these microorganisms, mucus initiates the immune response to them.
Turbinates tend to get enlarged on being exposed to allergies and dust, making it extremely difficult to breathe. This enlargement of turbinates can lead to sleep apnea as one will have troubles with breathing in oxygen due to the nasal blockage.
An ENT doctor diagnoses hypertrophied turbinates using the following methods:
- Thorough review of symptoms
- ENT examination
- Nasal endoscopy
- Allergy testing
Turbinate reduction is a surgical procedure performed to improve airflow in people with chronic nasal obstruction. The size of turbinates will be reduced by removing excess tissue. Turbinate reduction is generally suggested if non-surgical treatments fail to solve the issue.
Normally performed under local anesthesia, the turbinate reduction surgery takes 15 to 20 minutes. Though the timings can vary from patient to patient.
No, the turbinate reduction surgery does not affect the external appearance of the nose or face. It solely focuses on reducing the size of the turbinates.
The home remedies and tips which one can follow are:
- Remove excess dust and pet dander from home
- Use a dust-proof cover to protect mattress from dust mites
- Avoid smoking
- Remove mold and mildew
- Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter
Empty nose syndrome is a rare condition that is experienced by one after undergoing a turbinate reduction surgery. In this syndrome, the nose persistently feels congested and obstructed regardless of the nasal passage being cleared after the surgery. This condition can give rise to breathing troubles, headaches, nosebleeds, and nasal dryness.
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