Are turbinate reductions performed on people with alternating swelling?
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The nasal cycle
I appreciate that you understand the nasal cycle as not many people do. Oftentimes there can be confounding issues that exacerbate the cycle such as allergies, stress, anxiety, etc. While turbinate reduction and septoplasty my improve your symptoms, you have to look at what changed last year that led you down this path. If the obstruction is due in fact to a septal deviation, then yes, a septoplasty would be good. Look into medical causes and ask your physician about Vasomotor Rhinitis, which can be brought on my new life situations. I hope this helps. Please see either an ENT or a Double Board certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. A general plastic surgeon will not be able to help you with this condition. All the best.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Airway obstruction with septal deviation
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