Nasal polyps are defined as pale-grey semi-translucent protrusions from the sinuses into the nasal cavity. They occur in approximately 4% of the population. They are more common in individuals over 40 years of age, asthmatics, and those who suffer from the disease cystic fibrosis. Individuals with asthma and nasal polyps often have asthma reactions when taking aspirin as well as anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen. Nasal polyps also may also increase the risk of sinus infections.
Symptoms of nasal polyps include extremely severe nasal congestion as well as a decreased and in many cases absent sense of smell. There is often a chronic nasal discharge which may be green if there is a sinus infection. There is rarely pain but a feeling of a 'full head' may be present.
Nasal polyps are very chronic and difficult to treat. They require ongoing management which includes treatment of any underlying allergy and sinus infection. other treatments include medications such as corticosteroid nasal sprays as well as limited courses of oral steroid, antibiotics such as doxycycline, and occasional surgery from an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician. In the majority of cases, a comprehensive treatment planned devised by your BVAAC board-certified allergist can control your nasal polyps without the need for surgery! If you or a family membe are troubled by nasal polyps, call us at 208-378-0080 or click here to make an appointment request online.