What Are Nasal Polyps?

When patients are struggling with chronic inflammation of the nasal cavities due to infection, drug sensitivities, immune disorders, or even allergies, they may also be diagnosed with nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are benign growths that can form on the lining of the nose or within the sinuses. Though painless, these polyps can become problematic for patients. Patients may notice symptoms such as continued stuffiness, runny nose, and post-nasal dripping. At this point, many patients visit The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas for a proper diagnosis and to learn about treatment options.

Symptoms of nasal polyps

Small nasal polyps may be asymptomatic. Some patients have nasal polyps and never know as they don’t display bothersome symptoms. However, the larger nasal polyps, as well as clusters of smaller nasal polyps, may be more problematic. This can result in:

  • Blocked nasal passages
  • Breathing problems
  • Lost sense of smell
  • Frequent infections

Patients who have conditions such as chronic sinusitis or inflammation of the nasal passages that last over 12 weeks may want to be evaluated to determine if nasal polyps are to blame. These polyps may also contribute to obstructive sleep apnea and even asthma flare-ups. A diagnosis of nasal polyps is often achieved with nasal endoscopy, imaging studies, and allergy testing. Once diagnosed, patients have options available to them for treatment.

Treatment options for nasal polyps

Certain nasal conditions, such as chronic sinusitis, can be challenging for an ENT professional to effectively treat and clear up completely. Many doctors will start with certain medications that can address the swelling and inflammation, including corticosteroids, antihistamines, and antibiotics. In worst case scenarios, some patients may require surgery to surgically remove nasal polyps from their nasal passages. This is often done with endoscopic surgery, and can provide long-term relief. Patients should also be aware that nasal polyps can still develop after they have been surgically removed and may continue to be a chronic problem.

Schedule your visit today for an evaluation

At The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas, patients in the areas of McKinney, Allen, Plano, and Celina, TX have access to the services they need to determine if nasal polyps are present. Call (972) 984-1050 today and visit one of several locations in the community. Our doctors invite new patients to connect with our team.

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McKinney Location
5220 W University Dr Professional Bldg 2 #150
McKinney, TX 75071 | Directions
Allen Location
1111 Raintree Circle Suite 280
Allen, TX 75013 | Directions
Plano Location
4001 W 15th St. Suite 225
Plano, TX 75093 | Directions
Celina Location
1060 S Preston Rd Suite 106
Celina, TX 75009 | Directions

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