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By Arizona ENT
July 13, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: nasal polyps  
Nasal polyps are benign growths that develop within the lining of the nasal cavities. There are many reasons why someone may develop polyps, from chronic inflammation to allergies. It is believed that anywhere from 4-40 percent of the US population has nasal polyps, with it impacting men 2-4 more often than women. This condition is also seen more often in young adults and middle-aged adults. While small nasal polyps often don’t cause issues, it’s when they get larger that an ENT specialist sees more patients coming in complaining of pain and other problems.

What are the signs and symptoms of nasal polyps?

Nasal PolypsNasal polyps are typically to blame for chronic inflammation and swelling of the nasal cavity. People with nasal polyps may not realize that they have them, but they may be more likely to deal with other problems such as chronic sinusitis.

Chronic sinusitis and other nasal issues are typically what bring people into our ENT practice in the first place. From there, we can run the appropriate diagnostic tests to see if you could be dealing with nasal polyps.

Other warning signs include:
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Referred pain in the upper teeth
  • Facial pressure and pain
  • Headaches
  • Recurring nosebleeds
When should I see an ENT doctor?

If you are dealing with nasal symptoms that last more than 10 days, then it’s a good idea to see your otolaryngologist to find out what’s going on. After all, these symptoms can also be caused by other respiratory conditions that may require treatment or special care, and it’s important to be able to determine what’s causing your symptoms so we know how to best treat them.

How are nasal polyps treated?

Medication is typically the first line of treatment for managing symptoms of nasal polyps. The most commonly prescribed medications include:
  • Antibiotics
  • Antileukotrienes to reduce inflammation
  • Antihistamines
  • Immunotherapy
Patients may also benefit from simple drug-free treatment options such as using a Neti pot or salt water rinse to clean out the nasal passages daily. If you are still dealing with symptoms despite medication and other treatments, your ENT doctor may recommend surgery to remove the polyps. While polyps will eventually come back, it can take months or even years for this to occur.

If you are battling symptoms of chronic sinusitis, you could actually be dealing with nasal polyps. Any sinus or nasal symptoms that last for weeks on end should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist.
By Arizona ENT
April 16, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: nasal polyps  

 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!

By Arizona ENT
September 05, 2017
Category: ENT
Tags: nasal polyps   sinus polyps  

What your ENT specialists in Sun City West, Arizona, want you to knownasal polyps, sinus polyps

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:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • 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!



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