Nasal polyps can be readily treated both with surgery and in many cases, naturally. They are painless, soft, non-cancerous growths that commonly attack the nasal passage and/or the sinuses. They appear as tear drops of grapes. They are associated with chronic inflammation that is caused by allergies, asthma, recurring infections or other immune related problems.
If you have small nasal polyps you may not have any symptoms. Multiple nasal polyps or large ones can block the nasal passage and make your breathing hard. You may also experience a problem detecting smells and you may develop infections. Anyone can be attacked by nasal polyps, however, they are more common in adults.
There is medication that can help eliminate or shrink nasal polyps. In some cases surgery is needed to completely remove them. Even if effectively treated, nasal polyps often return stronger and bigger.
Nasal polyps are associated with inflammation of your nasal passages and can last up to 12 weeks (chronic rhinosinusitis). You should know that it is possible to have chronic sinusitis without actually having nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are very soft and if they are small, you may not have symptoms at all. However, if you have multiple or large nasal polyps they may block your nasal passage and you may have difficulties breathing.
Here are some common symptoms that are associated with nasal polyps and chronic sinusitis:
2. Postnasal drip
3. Loss of smell/taste
4. Slight pain in your upper teeth
5. Headache or facial pain
6. Persistent stuffiness
7. Itching around your eyes
If your symptoms lasts for more than 10 days, you should see a doctor.
Nasal polyps treatment starts with drugs that are very effective in shrinking even large polyps. Here are some drug treatments:
1. Nasal corticosteroids – a doctor may recommend corticosteroid nasal spray because it is effective in reducing inflammation. It is an effective treatment that is able to shrink or completely cure the polyps
2. Injectable and oral corticosteroids – this is the next option if a nasal corticosteroid does not work. This method can be used alone or together with a nasal spray. Oral corticosteroids are associated with chronic side effects hence you only take them for a short period. If you have chronic nasal polyps injectable corticosteroids may be used.
3. Other forms of medication – a doctor may prescribe other forms of medication to treat the root cause of nasal polyps. For example they may prescribe antihistamine to deal with allergies that may be causing nasal polyps.
For those that don’t like the idea of drugs there are natural alternatives that can be very effective in the treatment of nasal polyps. Often steroid treatments can have detrimental effects and cause more problems than they solve. These natural methods could also be a good alternative to surgery and may be well worth while trying. You can learn more by going here.
When drugs and other treatments fail, a doctor may recommend endoscopic surgery to completely remove the polyps. Surgery can also be used to correct other problems in your sinuses – these are problems that make it very prone to inflammation and easy attack by nasal polyps.
In endoscopic surgery, doctors use special instruments that make it possible for them to remove the polyps without having to cut your body open. They use a small tube with a tiny camera and use tiny instruments to remove the polyps from your sinus cavity. This process is mostly conducted as an outpatient procedure. After surgery you may be instructed to use nasal sprays to prevent the condition recurring.
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