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Allergic Rhinitis (cont.)

Surgery

Although surgery doesn't cure allergic rhinitis, you may need it to fix a physical defect of the nose or sinuses. Problems such as these can make allergic rhinitis harder to treat. You and your doctor should not consider surgery unless other treatments have failed.

Possible surgeries include:

  • Endoscopic surgery on your nose to correct a crooked nose (deviated nasal septumClick here to see an illustration.) or remove noncancerous (benign) nasal polyps. For information on this surgery, see the topic Sinusitis.
  • Draining fluid from the middle ear (tympanotomy or myringotomy) or inserting tubes to help the ears drain (tympanostomy). This is sometimes done in children who have allergic rhinitis and ear infections. To learn more about these surgeries, see the topic Ear Infections.
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