Inferior turbinate hypertrophy is when the inferior turbinate (directs airflow, moistens, heats, and filters air coming into the nasal cavity) are enlarged. This can be caused by allergies, chronic sinusitis, or any irritants, such as pollen or smoke. Often patients are simply born with large turbinates and it has no relationship to allergies. This can be treated with nasal steroids, antihistamines (if the patient has allergies), or surgery.
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