When certain turbinates (inferior) become chronically swollen or inflamed, the condition is called turbinate hypertrophy. This can be the cause of your nosebleeds, infections and other chronic sinus infections. Conditions that constrict airflow make breathing difficult and you may be susceptible to chronic sinus infections. Other symptoms such as headaches, snoring, sleep apnea, and bad breath are also related to turbinate enlargement.
Treatment for nasal obstruction caused by enlarged turbinates is a minor procedure. They can be removed surgically, they can be treated with a laser, or they can be removed with a variety of simple hand instruments or powered instruments. Recovery from this procedure is a short period of time, usually a few days. You should restrict exercise for one or two weeks. The long-term results from turbinate are considered to be very good. There are times when they may enlarge again and that is usually in people who have allergies; a patient is advised to make sure the allergies are controlled long-term.