Small nasal polyps don’t always cause symptoms, so many patients don’t even know they have them. But polyps can expand and become large enough to affect your breathing and sense of smell. That's why it’s important to see a specially trained practitioner at Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington before nasal polyps progress. The practice has locations in Fairfax, Gainesville, Vienna, Warrenton, Culpeper, and Front Royal, Virginia. Call the nearest office or book your nasal polyp evaluation online.
Nasal polyps are soft, painless, non-cancerous growths that are often caused by chronic inflammation of the lining of your nasal passages.
While nasal polyps don’t always cause symptoms, when they do, it’s a sign that you might need to start treatment. Some warning signs that you may have nasal polyps include:
One of the other common complaints among men and women who have nasal polyps is that they feel pressure in their head or sinuses. Pay attention to all of your symptoms and let your doctor know about everything you feel to help them diagnose your condition.
It’s difficult to clear up nasal polyps, especially if you have chronic nasal inflammation. But you have plenty of treatment options available; sometimes it just takes time to see what works for you.
Many patients benefit from nasal corticosteroid sprays that minimize inflammation. These sprays decrease the size of your nasal polyps and, in some cases, may eliminate them entirely.
Your practitioner can also prescribe injectable or oral corticosteroids to enhance the benefits of nasal sprays. If you have chronic inflammation, part of your treatment plan could include antihistamines or antibiotics, too.
Possibly, although surgery is always the last resort if nasal sprays and medications don’t improve your symptoms. Nasal polyp surgery is performed endoscopically through your sinuses. After inserting a small camera into your nostrils, your doctor uses tiny specialized instruments to remove any polyps or visible obstructions.
In some cases, this procedure also involves enlarging the openings of your nasal passages to improve airflow. Most patients need to use a nasal corticosteroid spray after surgery to help prevent nasal polyps from developing again in the future. But you should have relief from uncomfortable symptoms shortly after your procedure.
If you experience symptoms associated with nasal polyps, call or book an appointment online at any of the Allergy and Asthma Specialists of Greater Washington locations.