Do you feel a sinus infection coming on? It can come across as a pesky annoyance whether you’re on the go or trying to relax at home. When it comes to pinpointing the source of your pain, very rarely do patients tie it to enlarged turbinates.
In this blog we explain what turbinates are and how lingering sinus infections might affect you.
What Are Turbinates?
Turbinates (located in the nose) help to keep the air clean before it enters your lungs. There are three different types of turbinates: upper, middle, and lower. In rare cases some individuals might have a fourth located above the upper turbinate. When you have a sinus infection it’s the middle and lower turbinates that suffer the most damage.
Sometimes the turbinates can get so large that it may press against the septum to form immense pressure in the forehead. That could explain why you’re suffering from a headache. Facial pain and head pressure are additional symptoms you might encounter as well as:
- Persistent congestion in the nose
- Issues breathing
- Insomnia and snoring
- Dry mouth (usually from sleeping with the mouth open)
- Chances in your sense of smell
Why Go to A Doctor That Specializes in Sinus Infections?
A sinus infection that has caused enlarged turbinates is not one that can get resolved from home remedies. Instead, you should turn to our sinus doctor for a sinus surgery turbinate reduction. We want to provide you with a long-lasting remedy and suggestions to reduce the number of allergens impacting you at home.
Sinus surgery is always the last result. During your consultation, we will go over an array of treatment plans. We try to recommend decongestants, allergy medications, and nasal sprays first.
Don’t let enlarged turbinates and headaches get the best of you or make your day miserable. Set up an appointment at Westside Sinus instead.