What is inferior turbinate hypertrophy and how is it related to allergies?

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On the inside of the nose there are normal bony structures called turbinates, which are covered by a large amount of spongy mucosa (the pink lining inside the nose). Turbinates are very susceptible to allergy and dust irritation. If they become swollen, known as hypertrophy, it can be difficult to breathe through the nose.

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Nose Disorders

Nose Disorders

Your nose plays a very important part in maintaining your health. As you breathe it filters out the bad stuff in the air like dust and germs. It also moistens the air as you breathe so that your lungs stay hydrated and healthy. Yo...

u can be miserable if your nose is injured or irritated, whatever the cause. Nose disorders can range from a simple nosebleed or a runny nose that can be treated at home to more serious disorders such as nasal polyps (growths) or a deviated septum (a twist in the wall that separates the two sides of your nose) that may require surgery. Whatever the cause of your nose problem, it's important to know that you can usually be helped by seeing an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor.
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