Nasal Polyps:Causes,Symptoms and Treatment
What are Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are non-cancerous growths which spontaneously form in nasal passages for largely unknown reasons. They form as sac-like growths within the nasal passages and sinus cavities and are usually moist and grayish in colour. In some cases, Nasal Polyps can grow to such an extent that they block the nasal passages and nasal airways making it difficult for one to get rid of excess mucus trapped behind the nasal passage or even breathe freely.
According to studies, there may be a connection between the formation of Nasal Polyp and allergic rhinitis however a runny nose alone does not always trigger Nasal Polyps. Some medical experts suggest a link between sinus infections and the increased probability of polyp formation; others however suggest that the majority of Nasal Polyps form idiopathically, meaning there is no definitive cause.
How does one contract Nasal Polyps?
Nasal Polyps occur when the mucous membrane lining inside of the nose becomes inflamed and swollen. When this happens, the mucous membrane linings begin to distend inwards towards the nasal cavity, creating semi-transparent, round, fluid filled bags. Inflamed mucus membranes also become very permeable meaning that excess fluid around these areas is easily able to seep in between the membranes thereby increasing the size of the Nasal Polyp.
What do Nasal Polyps look like?
Nasal Polyps look like small, pearly grapes and can appear as a single polyp or in clusters. Even though they harmless, they often block ones nasal passages and are often accompanied by discoloured nasal discharge (yellow, green and even blood speckled). They may also cause facial pain, facial distortion and interfere with the sense of smell and taste.
Causes of Nasal Polyps
Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
An aspirin intolerance
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
Symptoms of Nasal Polyps include:
Blocked nasal airways
A diminished or reduced sense of smell or taste.
Discoloured nasal mucus (yellow and green)
Chronic inflammation of the sinusitis (four sinus cavities)
Post Nasal Drip
Facial pain, headaches and pressure
Who is more likely to develop Nasal Polyps?
Nasal Polyps are more likely to develop in people who have allergies and asthma.
Nasal Polyps are more common in adults over the age of 40.
Women are more likely to develop Nasal Polyps.
Children that suffer from chronic sinusitis, allergies, cystic fibrosis have a higher risk of developing Nasal Polyps.
Treatment for Nasal Polyps
There are different treatment options available for Nasal Polyps. These include:
Anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids.
Nasal sprays and corticosteroids
Surgery to remove the Nasal Polyps
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Nasal Sprays such as corticosteroids will shrink the Nasal Polyps; however this procedure is a short term relief, as it comes with side effects which may cause damage to your nasal membranes.
Surgery to remove Nasal Polyps is usually done on an outpatient basis, with the use of a local anesthetic. After surgery for Nasal Polyps, your Doctor will usually prescribe a maintenance treatment with a Steroid Nasal Spray.
Prevention Tips for Nasal Polyps
The following prevention techniques can help reduce your chances of developing Nasal Polyps or help decrease the chance of Nasal Polyp’s re-occurring after surgical or natural treatment:
Manage allergies and asthma
Practice good hygiene
Humidify your home
Use a nasal rinse