Nasal polyps are common, noncancerous, teardrop-shaped growths that form in the nose or sinuses.
Some may cause no symptoms, especially if they’re small and require no treatment. However, larger polyps can block normal drainage from the sinuses. When an excessive amount of mucus accumulates in the sinuses, it can become infected.
If you suspect that you have nasal polyps, your Dallas Fort Worth ear, nose, and throat doctor can usually diagnose them with a nasal endoscope.
The first-line treatment for nasal polyps is a nasal corticosteroid spray. In many cases, such treatment can shrink or even eliminate nasal polyps. In other cases, oral corticosteroids may be prescribed.
Occasionally, nasal polyps are so large and obstructive that corticosteroid nasal sprays are ineffective. In this case, surgery, known as a polypectomy may be an effective option.
Many times the cause of nasal polyps is unknown. Sometimes the formation of nasal polyps precedes the development of asthma or sinusitis.
To learn if you are suffering from nasal polyps, it is important to visit your DFW Sinus Select Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT) to be properly diagnosed for your sinus issues, and receive information on the treatment.
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