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As common of a problem that nasal polyps are among adults, many people are unaware of their existence. Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses that hang down like teardrops. They often result from:
Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell, and frequent infections.
Common signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps include:
Medications can often shrink or eliminate nasal polyps, but surgery is sometimes needed to remove them. Even after successful treatment, nasal polyps often return. The first-line treatment for nasal polyps is a nasal corticosteroid spray. In other cases, a one-week tapered course of oral corticosteroids such as prednisone may be necessary.
If you have nasal polyps, learn more about its cause, and what treatment options may be right for your. Our experienced ENT doctor at Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in sinus treatments, and can provide you with the help you need, so book an assessment today.