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Nasal Polyps

What are Nasal Polyps?

They are non-cancerous growths that occur in the sinuses or nasal mucosa (lining of the nose).  They are sac-like, soft, and painless.  They generally start at the top of the inside of the nose (the ethmoid sinuses) and grow or hang into the open areas below. Larger polyps may obstruct the nasal airway or sinuses.  Polyps occur more often in adults than children.

Risk Factors for Nasal Polyps:

  • Asthma
  • Aspirin sensitivity
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Allergic rhinitis

Possible Symptoms of Nasal Polyps:

  • Breathing through your mouth
  • Loss of your sense of smell (partial or complete)
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Shortness of breath
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Runny nose
  • Feeling of facial fullness
  • Feeling like you have had a cold for months or years

Unless you also have a sinus infection, sinus pain, facial pain, headaches and migraines are not often experienced with nasal polyps.

Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Allergy immunotherapy or allergy medication may be recommended to reduce an allergic response that may have caused polyps to form.  Nasal steroid sprays may help with a runny nose or nasal obstruction, but symptoms will likely come back once you stop using the spray.

To remove nasal polyps and allow for easier breathing, some patients may require a surgery called Polypectomy.  For others, surgical opening of the ethmoidal and maxillary sinuses may be needed to remove unhealthy tissue. An ear, nose, and throat doctor (ENT dr) usually performs this type of surgery.

Conclusion

If you are concerned about nasal polyps, the allergy doctors and associates at NYASC can help.  NYASC has access to the latest testing and treatments, and we offer convenient asthma and allergy clinics throughout NYC: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, and Queens.  We can also find relief for your asthma, nasal and sinus conditions, food and respiratory allergies, ear, nose, & throat (ENT) symptoms, & skin problems.  We have pediatric and adult patients from around the NYC metropolitan area: Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx.  To make an appointment, call us at 212-686-6321.

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