Conditions We Treat: Nasal Polyps
Nasal polyps are associated with chronic sinusitis (sinus inflammation lasting over three months) and inflammation of the nasal passages’ lining. At ENT, Sinus & Hearing Care Center, we’re experienced in diagnosing and treating nasal polyps. Learn more about them and how our expert team can help.
What Are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are usually noncancerous, painless, soft growths that form on the lining of a person’s nasal passages or sinuses. They can affect anyone, but are most common among young and middle-aged adults. Children can develop them as well.
What Causes Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are often the result of chronic inflammation caused by certain immune disorders, drug sensitivity, allergies, recurring infection, or asthma.
What Are Some Symptoms of Nasal Polyps?
Small nasal polyps often may not cause symptoms. Larger growths or multiple growths could block a person’s nasal passages, which may lead to frequent infections, lost sense of smell, and even breathing problems.
Common symptoms of nasal polyps include:
- Peculiar sense of pressure over the face or forehead
- Facial pain
- Decreased sense of smell
- Persistent stuffiness
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Loss of sense of taste
- Upper teeth pain
How Are Nasal Polyps Diagnosed?
We start with a medical history and questions about your symptoms. Next, we’ll conduct a general physical examination of the nose.
Other diagnostic steps may include:
- Allergy tests
- Imaging studies
- Nasal endoscopy
- Cystic fibrosis test, for pediatric patients
How Are Nasal Polyps Treated?
Nasal polyp treatment usually begins with medication. The right medication and dosage can shrink large polyps or even eliminate them altogether.
The doctor may prescribe nasal corticosteroid nasal sprays to help reduce inflammation. Next, oral or injectable corticosteroids may be administered if the previous option is not effective. Oral and injectable corticosteroids can cause serious side effects, however, and are usually reserved for severe symptoms.
In some cases, surgery may be the best solution. Endoscopic surgery has been used to remove polyps and correct sinus problems that make a person prone to polyp development. The procedure not only removes polyps, but also other obstructions that block the flow of fluids in your sinuses.
Once such a procedure has been completed, use of a corticosteroid nasal spray may be necessary to prevent the reoccurrence of nasal polyps. Postsurgical healing may also be helped along by using a saline rinse, depending on your doctor’s recommendations.
If you’re experiencing nasal or sinus problems, it’s important to seek a professional medical evaluation. Our highly trained team can conduct a comprehensive diagnostic exam and work with you to determine the right solution for your specific needs. So don’t wait. Contact our caring professionals to schedule an appointment today.