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When it comes to children, large adenoids or tonsils are not always the cause of their nasal congestion or obstruction.  Nasal turbinates are structures suspended from the outside wall of our nose that allow our nose to warm and humidify the air.  These structures dramatically increase the surface area inside our nose like the radiator of a car cooling system.  As air passes over these structures, warm water evaporates.

Turbinates are suspended by a thin sheet of bone and wrapped with erectile tissue that can swell due to inflammation caused by nasal allergy, a common cold, or from dependent blood flow as when lying down to sleep.  Ever notice one side of your nose or the other becoming obstructed or congested, only to change if you roll over in bed or stand up?

A chemical turbinate reduction is done whenever you give your child oral or topical decongestants, such as Sudafed or Afrin.  Simple, safe, and painless turbinate reduction procedures are available to permanently reduce the size of the turbinate, thereby improving nasal breathing and congestion.

 

Ever notice one side of your nose or the other becoming obstructed or congested, only to change if you roll over in bed or stand up?

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Contact us to help your child breathe easier starting today.

 
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