Nasal Polyps

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Have you ever felt like you have a cold that never goes away? Nasal congestion that doesnt seem to go away may be caused by nasal polyps. Dr. Edward Hill discusses nasal polyps in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths on the lining of your nasal passages or sinuses. They hang down like teardrops or grapes. They result from chronic inflammation due to asthma, recurring infection, allergies, drug sensitivity or certain immune disorders.

Small nasal polyps may not cause symptoms. Larger growths or groups of nasal polyps can block your nasal passages or lead to breathing problems, a lost sense of smell and frequent infections.

Signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis with nasal polyps include

A runny nose

Persistent stuffiness

Postnasal drip

Decreased or absent sense of smell

Loss of sense of taste

Facial pain or headache

Snoring, and

Itching around your eyes

Symptoms of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps are similar to those of many other conditions, including the common cold.

Nasal polyps can affect anyone, but theyre more common in adults. Medications can often shrink or eliminate nasal polyps, but surgery is sometimes needed to remove them. Even after successful treatment, nasal polyps often return.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.