Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses, shaped like teardrops. They are caused by chronic inflammation and are associated with asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders.

Nasal Polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses, shaped like teardrops. They are caused by chronic inflammation and are associated with asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders.

woman sneezing from nasal polyps

When Do Nasal Polyps Form?

They predominantly form in patients who have either allergies or asthma and mostly develop in people who have long term inflammation in their sinuses in most cases. It’s also possible that there is a genetic connection in their development. Some people seem to be more likely to develop them if their parents or other close family members had them, too.

How Do You Detect Nasal Polyps?

Unfortunately, polyps do not always present symptoms, and in most cases are not noticed by patients until the they fully mature. When symptoms are noticed, patients may get a stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, pain in the sinuses, problems with smell or taste, and chronic sinus infections. During an examination, Dr. Farnam can detect them by examining a patient’s nasal passages with a nasal endoscope: a small, flexible tube with a camera on its end.

Dr. Farman identifying nasal polyps.

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Spray prescribed by Dr. Farnam to shrink nasal polyps.

How Do You Get Rid of Nasal Polyps?

Corticosteroid sprays can be prescribed to shrink the polyps, or an oral corticosteroid like prednisone can be used depending on the treatment plan worked out by Dr. Farnam. They can also be removed in a minor surgical procedure if they are blocking the flow of air through the nasal passages.

Can Nasal Polyps be Cancerous?

Dr. Farnam can rule out cancer by using a nasal endoscope to view the interior of the nose and sinuses, and then perform a biopsy of the collected tissue.

Nasal polyps being treated by Dr. Farnam.
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What Happens if Nasal Polyps Go Untreated?

If they go untreated for too long, air flow through the nose can be severely inhibited, and in some cases the constant pressure can widen the nose. It is recommended that patients consult with a physician about a treatment plan.

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