Symptoms of Nasal Polyps
What are the symptoms of Nasal polyps?
Most people who have nasal polyps do not even see the symptoms of nasal polyps right away. After time, the symptoms of nasal polyps begin to manifest themselves in a number of ways. All of these symptoms of nasal polyps are common in all sufferers of this condition. I can attest, as a sufferer of chronic nasal polyps that the symptoms of nasal polyps are very annoying even though they are not threatening to your health in a serious fashion.
Some of the symptoms of nasal polyps that are common are stuffy nose in one or both sides, possible runny nose or nose dripping, loss of sense of smell (anosmia) along with a loss of sense of taste due to that. In addition, snoring and congestion of mucus are common
Symptoms of nasal polyps require medical attention
When the symptoms of nasal polyps begin to disrupt your normal daily activities, it’s time to seek medical attention from your doctor or ENT. Nasal polyps in and by themselves pose no serious health risk. Unlike colon polyps which can sometimes become cancerous, nasal polyps cannot. However, the symptoms of nasal polyps are enough that you would want to have them looked into.
What are Nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps are small, fleshy growths that are located in the sinuses. In extreme cases, they can even protrude into the nasal cavity and can be seen inside the nose with the naked eye. In those case, the symptoms of nasal polyps would be bad enough that they would affect your breathing to a great degree and could definitely hinder your day to day activities.
How to treat symptoms of nasal polyps
The symptoms of nasal polyps can be treated in a number of ways. In the early stages, nasal polyps can be helped by using nasal sprays such as Astepro, Flonase or Patanase. These corticosteroids are sprayed into each nostril once or twice a day. The effect is that the nasal polyps will shrink thus reducing the symptoms of nasal polyps. Occasionally, a doctor will prescribe a stronger corticosteroid that is used with a nasal nebulizer.
If these methods fail to alleviate the symptoms of nasal polyps and do not reduce them, the last method of treatment is nasal polyp surgery. This is performed using a method known as FESS which stands for Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery. The polyps are removed with a tool that cuts them out and typically they do not come back. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis and is for the most part, painless other than some minor irritation in the sinuses.
Below you can see a video of this procedure.
Remember, the symptoms of nasal polyps are something that you should have a doctor take care of even though it is not a serious threat to your health.