What Are Nasal Polyps and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

A woman blowing her nose. Congestion like this may be the cause of nasal polyps.

What’s the best way to treat nasal polyps?

Unfortunately, balloon sinuplasty does not work for getting rid of nasal polyps. This is a common misconception. Why might that be? Because sinusitis has symptoms that are similar to polyps. But treating polyps is a little more complex than treating sinusitis. For those who are wondering, here’s why.

Polyps are non-cancerous growths that are caused by the inflammation of sinuses and nasal passages. There are many signs that someone may have polyps. Depending on each one’s size and how many there are, they can do a lot of damage.

Patients typically have polyps for up to 12 weeks. Symptoms include blocked nasal passages, increased snoring, and a lost sense of taste and smell. This is why many people confuse polyps with sinusitis. However, having sinusitis with polyps is uncommon.

It’s important to understand the difference between the two in order to get the right treatment. These growths block the nasal passages, which makes balloon sinuplasty ineffective. Knowing this will save time and money.

For patients who have polyps and are looking to get rid of them, here is more information on the growths.

Causes of Nasal Polyps

Polyps begin to sprout up when the nose gets stuffy. This is often caused by allergies or infections. When there’s an infection for a long enough period of time, that causes the nasal passages to swell. People also develop polyps if they’re sensitive to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Treatment options are varied and depend on the severity, as well as what caused the polyps. In order to better assess the situation, a doctor will either use an endoscope or do a biopsy. Usually, they recommend a nasal spray or allergy medication to help reduce inflammation. But they’re not effective in the long term.

If the polyps are large enough, they may warrant a surgery. Compared to balloon sinuplasty, this procedure is much more invasive. A tiny motorized revolving shaver goes up the nostrils to remove the polyps. Most people who have the surgery say their symptoms improve afterward. But it’s still common for the polyps to grow back within a few years.

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