Friday, December 11, 2015

Back to blogging. -- Up the nose

well, I did get my turbinates reduced.  Nice quick outpatient procedure.  For those of you not knowing the nose, the turbinates are two spongy bones that stick into the nasal passages.  The turbinates, also known as nasal concha, help,warm and humidify air going up the nose.  They can get enlarged due to allergies.   When they are enlarged, you can't breathe and can't smell.

The doctor doesn't go and scrape the top layer of the turbinates.   The top layer is very important to the sense of smell and the humidification of the nose.   Rather, he scrapes underneath the surface.

Net, result of the turbinate reduction is that I can smell a lot better and I can breathe.   Breathing is really important when you have sleep apnea and use a clap machine.

I waited several months to see where my sense of smell was going.  It did get a bit better but it still isn't there yet.  Went to another ENT and got a script for theophylline and beta carotene.  I am supposed to start nose training with some scents.  Will let you know how this turns out.

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