Nasal Turbinates

Home Remedy to Shrink Nasal



There are so many reasons why we might have trouble breathing, including allergies, toxins, colds, the flus, rhinitis and sinus infections. Whatever the cause may be the effect is often blocked or enlarged nasal turbinates.

Nasal turbinates are the three segments that form the inside of your nasal cavity. When they’re enlarged, you have less room to breathe. And that’s a great reason to want to shrink them. Luckily, there are many effective treatments one can undertake at home.

  1. Saline and Humidity

    • Moisture is important to healthy noses and sinuses. Irrigating the nose and sinuses with properly concentrated saline can clean out allergens, kill germs and help moisturize turbinates. After all, when the sinuses and nasal cavity dry out, mucus and cilia may not be able to do their job of pushing out debris and allergens.

      You can find saline nasal drops and sprays in any drugstore. You can also make your own mild saltwater mixture at home and use an clean eyedropper or a neti pot to deliver saline to the nasal and sinus cavities.

      And whether you’re very dry or very congested, an air humidifier can help get things moving again. Steam inhalation or a hot shower may have similar effects for congestion, although more short-term than consistent use of a humidifier.

    Congestion and Medication

    • Congestion is a common cause of nasal turbinate swelling. This can be caused by allergies, infection or reactions to chemicals and toxins. Many over the counter remedies are available to treat these conditions at home.