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:
- Reference Endoscopic Opens New Window surgery on your nose to correct a crooked nose (Reference deviated nasal septum Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window) or remove noncancerous (benign) Reference nasal polyps Opens New Window. For information on this surgery, see the topic Reference 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 Reference ear infections Opens New Window. To learn more about these surgeries, see the topic Reference Ear Infections.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 30, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology