What causes my runny nose?
Whether the cause is allergic rhinitis or vasomotor rhinitis, the problem within the nose is the same. Structures in the nose called Turbinates react to the offending odor or airborne particles by swelling and pouring out mucus-as if the body were trying to block and cleanse the breathing passage.
Turbinates are small shelf-like structures which are always changing in size. There are three or four of them on each side of your nose. We are most familiar with the congestion which occurs within the turbinates when we have a cold or allergies.
For temporary relief we use decongestant nasal sprays and pills. Although many people find this gives excellent relief, long term use of nasal sprays not only makes the problem worse but also using decongestant pills may cause high blood pressure, increase the heart rate, and for some people even cause sleeplessness.
How can turbinate congestion be controlled?
The use of these medications can be avoided by a minor nasal treatment.
Patients report almost a 95% success rate with the radiofrequency nasal treatment for improving the symptoms obstruction, congestion and watery nasal drainage resulting from either allergic or vasomotor rhinitis.
The radiofrequency energy is used to reduce the troublesome turbinates by creating a layer of scar tissue just beneath the surface. This layer of scar acts like a corset to prevent the turbinate from swelling and producing such excessive mucus. The procedure is done as an out-patient under local anesthesia and takes only minutes.
How soon will I feel relief?
After the nasal turbinate reduction procedure, the nose is stuffy, like having a cold for about a week. One the nose is healed, patients can breathe freely, sleep better, and have less nasal secretion. These are among our happiest patients!
Post-Op Instructions for Turbinate Reduction Surgery
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