All About Sinus Polyps
If breathing comfortably through your nose is becoming increasingly difficult, sinus polyps may be to blame. Also referred to as nasal polyps, sinus polyps are small, benign, and painless growths that develop along the lining of the nasal passageways and sinuses, blocking airflow and causing disruptive symptoms that can impact quality of life. Sinus polyps are a common problem that can occur in anyone, although they are most often seen in men over age 30.
Causes of Sinus Polyps
Sinus polyp growth can be triggered by chronic inflammation from several conditions. Most commonly, polyps are associated with:
- Chronic sinusitis or frequent sinus infections
- Allergic rhinitis
- Churg-Strauss syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sensitivity to aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Sinus Polyp Symptoms
While a sinus polyp itself does not cause pain, multiple sinus polyps can prompt a wide array of symptoms in addition to the discomfort associated with their underlying cause. It’s a good idea to speak with a medical professional if you notice any of the following symptoms, especially if they persist for more than 10 days:
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- A feeling that your nose is blocked
- Postnasal drip and related throat soreness
- Reduced sense of smell or taste
- Headaches or facial pain
- The need to breathe through your mouth
- Frequent nosebleeds
- Sleep apnea
Our Approach to Sinus Polyp Treatment
Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat in Wesley Chapel and Trinity, Florida, provides comprehensive treatment to patients with sinus polyps, chronic sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and many other conditions. We help patients breathe easier through advanced, in-office sinus polyp removal techniques that are significantly less invasive than the traditional sinus surgeries of decades past.
Find lasting relief from sinus polyps and get back to enjoying your life! To learn more about sinus polyp removal at Scotch Institute of ENT, contact our friendly professionals today.