I have had a steadily worsening unilateral nasal obstruction high up in my right nostril for almost 8 years. I had it looked at by a local ENT doctor who told me that the turbinate looked a bit swollen but otherwise ok....he did not, however, do a complete test with the scope that looks up higher into the nasal cavity. The right side of my nose is much larger inside and I can get the tip of my little finger up in there and feel what I suppose is the turbinate...it doesn't seem to be enlarging but yet I have the sensation of obstruction constantly and try to relieve it by blowing my nose...which sometimes produces clumps of bloody, sticky mucus. Other times I can actually pick those clumps off the turbinate. I know this sound gross, but it is driving me crazy. I am worried about cancer and have no insurance so I have been hesitant to go back to a doctor, afraid of what I might find out. Can you give me any guidance?
You should have a direct re-examination of the area of your nose, above the turbinate to rule-out a tumor, benign or malignant. This can be accomplished with the doctor's use of a fiberoptic laryngoscope. If the turbinate blocks access to the upper/posterior part of your nose, that area can be examined by inserting the instrument, either through the mouth or through the other nostril. You should also have a CT scan of your nose and sinuses.
Your reluctance to go back, without insurance, is understandable but you must have this evaluated and treated. This could be a cancer but whatever it is, you need relief from it and the peace of mind that would accompany the relief.
Thank you. After your reply, I made an appointment with an ENT specialist, and have since gone to that appointment and a follow-up. He diagnoses me with a deviated septum and chronic sinus infection. After a round of Augmentin and daily use of Flonase and a sinus wash, I am feeling much better. Just wanted to say thanks for helping me find the courage to go to the doctor!
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