ANATOMY OF NOSE / LATERAL WALL

ANATOMY OF NOSE / LATERAL WALL

This pictures shows  the interior of the side wall of the  nose. There are three bony projections called turbinates,at three levels. The uppermost one is the smallest.   They are full of blood vessels which are sensitive to weather changes and hormone changes.The turbinates help  to warm inspired air and add water vapour before it reaches  the lungs.  

 

When we look in to our nose through a mirror, we can see them as pinkish swellings attached to the side the side walls of the nose. Many people get scared suspecting them as nasal polyps. Size of the turbinates can vary depending on the temperature and presence of allergens. When turbinates are very large, nose is blocked. There is snoring in the night.

These turbinates can be reduced in size by passing a low electric current in to the turbinates.They can be completely removed by surgery. But this operation is not done frequently as there can be dryness of nose .