What is Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are soft, non-painful, non-cancerous lumps in the nasal passages or sinuses within the nose. Nasal polyps can be caused by asthma, recurring infections, allergies, drug sensitivities, or certain immune system diseases. Having polyps in the nose can cause problems for any person. Due to the polyps in the nose, the problem of loss of smell, difficulty in breathing along headache has to be faced.
How common are nasal polyps?
Nasal polyps disease is a common problem. Nasal polyps usually affect women more than men. Also, it can affect a person of any age group. Nasal polyps occur mostly in young and middle-aged adults.
What are the symptoms of nasal polyps?
The following are common symptoms of nasal polyps:
- difficulty breathing through the nose
- persistent runny nose
- frequent colds
- frequent sinus infections
- loss of smell
- loss of taste in food
When should see the doctor?
Dr. Manish Prakash, ENT Specialist in Gurugram says you should contact the doctor if you have the following situations:
- Severe breathing difficulties
- Sudden worsening of symptoms
- Vision problems such as double vision, loss of vision, or limited ability to move the eyes
- Severe swelling around the eyes
- Severe headache accompanied by high fever or inability to keep the head forward
If you experience any of the above symptoms consult an ENT specialist.
At Mayom Hospital Best hospital in Gurugram Haryana, Usually, an ENT specialist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) will suggest examining your nose. He can usually detect polyps by examining your nasal passages with a special instrument called a nasal endoscope, which is attached to a small flexible tube. Occasionally, a CT scan may be used to determine the location and size of polyps. The CT scan will also tell whether the polyps are coming from the nose or sinuses. He will provide the medications that reduce inflammation and can help reduce the size of the polyp and relieve the symptoms of a blocked nose. Sometimes it needs surgery on the nose but it depends on the size of the polyp.