Swollen turbinates are the main culprit of a clogged nose
Think you have heard it all about allergies? There might be more to a stuffy or blocked nose than you think
Most allergy sufferers are well aware of the causes of their sneezing, clogged nose, sore eyes or skin rash; what a lot of people are not aware of is the existence of turbinates, what they do and how they are affected when allergens strike.
What are turbinates? Imagine 3 sets of “shelves” found on the inside wall of each side of the nose. They are made of soft tissue and bone and thir job is to keep air moist and warm as it passes through the nose, before it reaches the lungs. They are known as superior, middle and inferior turbinate bones.
During an allergic reaction, blood flow to the nasal tissues increases and this can cause these shelves to enlarge, which can obstruct the air flow and make breathing difficult. Sometimes it can block one or both sides of the nose. An ongoing or untreated clogged nose can also affect them in this way.
This condition is known as swollen turbinates, clearly signalled by difficulty breathing from one or both sides of the nose, pressure on the face or forehead.
What are the treat for a clogged nose?
In the past, surgical turbinates reduction was often the preferred option however this can result in a dry nose, often crusty and painful. Nasal decongesrtant sprays are avalable, though in the case of chronic allergies they can create dependancy.
The healthiest solution is to prevent the allergic reaction from causing a congestion and potential swollen turbinates and that is the use of nasal filters.
This is when SinuSet filters can really make a difference; discreet and easy to insert even for children, they provide a defense barrier against allergens like pollen, dust, smoke, spores and mites.
Avoid a clogged nose and breathe freely again!