Turbinates perform an important role in infection-control, but when they become enlarged, they can actually cause an increase in infections as well as symptoms like nasal congestion and headaches. Dr. Patel uses advanced techniques to improve symptoms and help patients in the Midtown, New York area get the relief they need.
There are many different possible causes of your nasal congestion. Seeing an ENT is the first step in identifying the root cause of your symptoms. Below are some of the most common causes of nasal congestion found by an ENT:
Acute nasopharyngitis aka “common cold”
We begin by obtaining a detailed history and performing a thorough nasal examination, which usually includes nasal endoscopy.
Depending on our findings during the exam and nasal endoscopy, we may begin with medical therapy and/or supportive treatment with holistic remedies (such as saline rinses or neti pot). We may also suggest you have a CT scan of the sinuses to obtain further information. Allergy testing may be recommended as well. Based on CT scan findings and severity of symptoms, you may be a candidate for in-office procedures such as turbinate reduction and/or balloon sinuplasty. You can click here to read more about these procedures.
If you do not respond to medical therapy, surgery may be recommended. If a severely deviated septum is present, a septoplasty may be recommended to improve breathing. If significant nasal polyps are present and do not respond to medical therapy, surgical removal of polyps may be considered. When significant sinus disease is noted and the patient is not a candidate for an in-office procedure, sinus surgery may be discussed. We will work with you to identify the source of your nasal congestion/blockage and find symptom relief.