Are you asking, “What is causing my nasal airway to be blocked?” Find your answer!
If air can’t flow from your nose, it has no choice but to escape through your mouth. This one-way airflow, due to a blocked nasal passage, can affect your quality of sleep, lead to bad breath and affect your energy. By finding the cause, you can then learn the steps needed to combat this problem.
One of the problems associated with airway blockages is enlarged turbinates. Request an appointment with Indianapolis Sinus Center today to determine the cause and begin treatment to find relief. After requesting your appointment, continue reading below to learn if turbinates might be the cause and to get a picture of what your treatment options will look like.
Enlarged Turbinates: are they the cause?
A turbinate is a bone-like structure inside the nose that is designed to cleanse, warm and humidify the air entering your nose. The three turbinates in your nose (four turbinates is also a possibility) can become swollen and irritated, causing nasal obstruction.
Turbinates only create problems when enlarged, due to their location in your nasal passageway. This prevents the air from having the space needed to direct airflow.
Why do turbinates expand?
Turbinate enlargement, referred to as “turbinate hypertrophy,” can take place due to health conditions, including the common cold, allergies, sleep apnea, collapsed nasal valve, and chronic sinus inflammation.
Contact your Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor to discover if your symptoms warrant a turbinate reduction procedure, or continue reading below.
Could turbinate reduction work for you?
By contacting your ENT specialists at Indianapolis Sinus Center, you can learn if you are a candidate for a turbinate reduction procedure. You can also perform a test on your own to gain information about your condition, called the Cottle Maneuver. This test can be performed in minutes and at home.