Nasal Polyps Treatment
Nasal polyps are a common source of nasal obstruction, affecting millions of Americans each year. At Atlanta Sinus Center, we pride ourselves on patient happiness and dedicate ourselves to the treatment and relief of sinus and nasal conditions. If you suffer from nasal polyps, schedule an appointment today using the form on this page. Or, learn more about nasal polyps and how our Atlanta sinus doctors treat them below.
What are they?
Nasal polyps are soft, non-cancerous growths that develop on the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses. The painless masses are tear-shaped in appearance and can range in size from small to large. Small nasal polyps typically require no treatment, but the larger the polyps, the more likely that they will cause problems in the nose, such as blocking normal sinus drainage.
What causes them?
Medical researchers still lack a full understanding of why nasal polyps develop in some patients and not others. In many cases, the formation of nasal polyps can be linked to chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose and sinuses. This inflammation may be due to various factors, including:
- Chronic sinusitis
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Aspirin sensitivity
- Certain immune disorders
- Cystic fibrosis
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
What are the symptoms?
While small nasal polyps don’t usually cause symptoms or require treatment, larger polyps can cause:
- Persistent nasal congestion
- Recurring sinus infections (sinusitis)
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Reduced sense of smell or taste
- Postnasal drip
How are they treated?
Treatments such as corticosteroid nasal sprays, allergy medications, and antibiotics often relieve the symptoms caused by nasal polyps.
When medications aren’t effective at treating your symptoms, particularly in cases where nasal polyps are especially large, surgery may be recommended. A polypectomy or endoscopic sinus surgery are two surgical treatment options offered by the physicians at Sinus Center of Atlanta.