The existence of nasal polyps is often a sign of sinusitis. Polyps are masses caused by the mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses, and have similar symptoms to that of a sinus infection. With nasal polyps, you may find yourself suffering from congestion, loss of smell, or, an additional infection. Symptoms of nasal polyps can vary, as there are different types: antrochoanal (unilateral, usually in children), and, ethmoidal (bilateral, usually in adults). Many wonder what actually causes nasal polyps. The answer is the build-up of bacteria in mucous membranes and sinuses. These polyps can then lead to a sinusitis infection.
Treating a sinus infection with nasal polyps isn't much different from treating someone without nasal polyps. As they are usually a sign or precursor to sinusitis, polyps can be treated after the cause is addressed. The preferred treatment is usually through balloon sinuplasty surgery. This surgery opens the nasal passages by using a balloon, which is an especially effective procedure for dealing with nasal polyps and sinusitis.
There are also non-surgical nasal polyps treatment options, including steroids or topical methods. Sinusitis polyps are usually effectively treated with these options, but if the conditions warrant, surgery may be necessary. If this is the case, it is important to find a highly qualified surgeon, as the technique is by its nature very precise. Since balloon sinuplasty is intended for sinusitis patients, surgical nasal polyps treatment is "scoped". This means the sinusitis polyps are removed using a tube and camera that is inserted in your nose. The camera lets the doctor know where the tube is at all times. It's a relatively quick surgery and the recovery time is short.
If you are suffering from a sinus infection with nasal polyps, don't let the condition go untreated. This can lead to further infection, which will require additional treatment. If sinusitis polyps are caught in the beginning, surgical treatment won't be necessary. Of course, it is always a possibility, it just depends on the severity of your condition.