When you need nasal polyp removal in Plantation, Florida, it’s important to understand the causes, symptoms and treatment options available. Dr. Camysha Wright, a board-certified otolaryngologist, is available to assess, diagnose and treat nasal polyps and a range of other conditions.
Nasal polyps are teardrop-shaped, usually noncancerous growths in the nose itself or within sinuses. Nasal polyps are often associated with asthma or allergies. While many of these polyps are small and do not require treatment, larger polyps can obstruct normal nasal drainage, causing a buildup of mucous. Too much mucous in sinuses can become infected, resulting in thick, discolored discharge from the nose and throat.
Common symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion or obstruction
- Runny nose
- Postnasal drip
- Reduced ability to smell
- Facial pain
- Loss of taste
- Chronic infections
- Itching around the eyes
Runny nose, postnasal drip and sneezing are common symptoms in patients with nasal polyps. About 75 percent have a reduced sense of smell.
Asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing and sensitivity to irritants such as fumes, dusts, or chemicals are also frequent symptoms. Those with nasal polyps carry an increased risk of developing chronic sinusitis.
Large polyps can push on nasal bones and broaden the bridge of the nose, which can have a negative affect on self-esteem and appearance.
Rarely, those with an aspirin allergy or sensitivity to yellow dyes develop nasal polyps. If you have a several aspirin allergy, a consultation with a physician is advised. In those with an aspirin allergy, nasal polyps and yellow-dye sensitivity, an allergic reaction may be life-threatening.
Nasal polyps can usually be diagnosed with a nasal endoscope, which provides a detailed view of the nose and sinus cavities. Typically treatment begins with a nasal corticosteroid spray or short course of oral corticosteroids. Antibiotics may be prescribed to address infected sinuses prior to beginning corticosteroid treatment.
With larger polyps or those that do not respond to corticosteroids, surgery may be needed. Such surgeries are done endoscopically, using a small telescopic device that removes nasal polyps while preserving normal tissue. Such surgeries are usually performed in an outpatient or day-surgery setting, allowing patients to return home the same day.