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If you are having trouble breathing or have recurrent sinus infections, you may also have nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths which hang down from the walls of your nasal passages or sinuses. You are at greater risk of having nasal polyps if you have:
- Asthma or allergies
- Allergic fungal sinusitis
- Recurring sinus infections
- Aspirin sensitivity
- Cystic fibrosis
If you are at greater risk of forming nasal polyps, there is a lot you can do to prevent them. Remember to:
- Get treatment to manage asthma and allergies and prevent inflammation of your nasal passages and sinuses.
- Avoid tobacco smoke, fumes, dust, and allergens to prevent nasal irritation.
- Wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of virus and bacteria which can cause infection.
- Use a humidifier to moisten the air in your home which keeps your nasal passages moist.
- Use a saline solution to rinse your nasal passages and sinuses and to help remove irritating substances.
You may not experience any symptoms if you have small nasal polyps, however, larger nasal polyps can cause:
- Breathing difficulties
- Postnasal drip
- Constant stuffiness
- Loss of smell or taste
- Headaches or facial pain
- Chronic inflammation in your sinuses (sinusitis)
- Frequent nasal or sinus infections
- Snoring or sleep apnea
Fortunately there are effective treatments for nasal polyps. Your doctor may suggest:
- Medications to shrink the size of the polyps or eliminate them; some common medications include:
- Nasal corticosteroid spray to reduce inflammation
- Injectable or oral corticosteroids in addition to spray
- Antihistamines to reduce inflammation from allergies
- Antibiotics to treat chronic sinus infections
For larger nasal polyps that don’t respond to treatment with medications, surgery might be indicated. Surgery is performed endoscopically using an endoscope with a camera attached which is inserted into your nostril and guided up your nasal passages into your sinuses. Tiny instruments are used to remove the polyps or other growths interfering with breathing.
Call your ENT today and start breathing better tomorrow!
What your ENT specialists in Sun City West, Arizona, want you to know
Nasal and sinus polyps can be annoying, affecting your ability to breathe. Fortunately, there are effective treatments to get rid of nasal or sinus polyps. Your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, Arizona, want to share what you need to know about nasal and sinus polyps and what you can do about them.
Nasal and sinus polyps are growths that hang down from the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. Polyps are caused by chronic inflammation from medical conditions including:
- Chronic sinus infections
- Drug sensitivity
- Immune disorders
Polyps are not painful, but you may experience other symptoms, such as:
- A runny or stuffy nose
- Pain in your face, head or upper teeth
- Pressure in your forehead and face
- A decreased sense of smell or taste
- Difficulty breathing through your nose
- Chronic sinus infections
- Chronic snoring
You should schedule an appointment with your ENT specialists at Arizona ENT if your symptoms continue for longer than 10 days. You should seek emergency medical treatment if you experience:
- Great difficulty breathing
- Swelling or decreased ability to move your eyes
- A severe headache with a high fever
When you visit the ENT specialists in Sun City and Sun City West, they may suggest procedures to diagnose whether polyps are present. They may use a nasal endoscope to see inside your nasal and sinus passages, and CT imaging to get a better view into deep areas of your sinuses.
If you do have nasal or sinus polyps, you may be started on a medication regimen designed to shrink the polyps. Common medications include nasal, oral, or injectable corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and the size of the polyps. Antihistamine and antibiotic medications may also be prescribed to reduce symptoms or if there is an infection present.
For large or medication-resistant polyps, your ENT specialist may suggest surgical removal of the polyps. Surgery is typically done endoscopically in an outpatient setting.
You don’t have to deal with annoying nasal and sinus polyps alone. Get some help by calling your ear, nose, and throat specialists at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, Arizona. Breathe easier by calling today!