The majority of instances of swollen turbinates are the result of allergic rhinitis, which is inflammation of the nose. Treatment generally consists of avoidance of the causative allergens, once identified, routine daily nasal washes, the use of a prescription nasal steroid spray and/or the use of an antihistamine. The chronic use of inhaled or oral vasoconstrictive medicines, such as epinephrine or Sudafed ® (pseudoephedrine) is not recommended.
Routine use of a nasal steroid spray can be very effective in the treatment of swollen turbinates. It decreases inflammation in the nose and sinuses along with mucus production. When a nasal steroid spray is used regularly it can prevent swollen turbinates. However it does not provide immediate relief of symptoms. It may need to be used every day for several weeks to months to notice improvement in the symptoms. To get the most help from any nasal spray first do a nasal wash to remove mucus from the nose and sinuses. To learn more about this technique please read our nasal wash treatment information by copying and pasting this address
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