Nasal Polyps Symptoms & Treatment in Palm Harbor, FL

Nasal polyps are benign tumors that grow in your nasal passages. If the polyps grow large enough, they can cause blockages in your airways. They are often a side effect of another health condition like allergies or an infection.

Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are often ignored due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to the common cold or allergies. Symptoms often include:

  • Sinus pressure

  • Runny nose

  • Decreased sensitivity to taste and smell

  • Chronic sinus headaches

  • Chronic nasal congestion

  • Facial pain

  • Asthmatic symptoms

Causes of Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are created from the inflammation in the mucous membrane within the sinus. The inflammation is caused from any irritation of the sinus such as allergies, blowing or wiping your nose, colds, and the flu.

Physicians believe that the reason nasal polyps develop in some people but not others is the immune system's response and genetic chemical makeup of the mucous membrane.

Risk Factors of Nasal Polyps

Though nasal polyps are possible in everyone, they most commonly form in people with:

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)

  • Allergic fungal sinusitis

  • Sinusitis (chronic sinus infections)

  • Cystic fibrosis

  • Asthma

  • Family history of nasal polyps

Treatment Options for Nasal Polyps

There are multiple forms of treatment for nasal polyps that a physician will prescribe, such as:

Medications

Physicians may prescribe medication to control underlying causes of nasal polyps like allergies and infections before taking further measures.

  • Corticosteroid nasal spray (Flonase, Nasonex)

  • Oral corticosteroids (Presdnisone) for severe cases

  • Antihistamines and decongestants for minor cases

Surgery

Endoscopic procedures are normally performed for nasal polyps. The physician will use a small nasal telescope that can precisely remove nasal polyps while avoiding damaging tissue. Surgery is only done for the more severe cases of nasal polyps or when medication is not effective. Ongoing medication might be needed after the procedure for patients with certain conditions such as asthma or other sensitivities.

For more information

For more information regarding nasal polyps, call Gulf Coast Ear, Nose & Throat at(727) 942-4005 to schedule an appointment.

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