Nasal polyps are outgrowths of the nasal/sinus
mucosa. Nasal polyps usually develop as a result
of continuous chronic allergy that causes mucous
membrane edema in the nose and sinuses. They are
also commonly seen in people with aspirin sensitivity
and chronic sinusitis.
- Nasal obstruction
- Loss in the sense of smell
- Nasal discharge
- Sinus pressure
Corticosteroids (oral or nasal spray) can reduce
the polyps temporarily. Immunotherapy (allergy
shots) has also shown to reduce the recurrence
and size of the polyps. People with aspirin sensitivity
should avoid taking aspirin containing products.
At times, medical management alone is not effective
and polypectomy (removal of the polyps) is necessary.
Surgery should be followed by the removal of the
inciting agents, immunotherapy and the use of
intranasal steroid sprays.