Nasal Polyps are protrusions from the sinuses into the nasal cavities. They are usually associated with asthma and occur in adults above the age of 40. Individuals with asthma and nasal polyps often have asthma reactions when taking aspirin as well as anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen. Nasal polyps also may also increase the risk of sinus infections.
Symptoms of nasal polyps include severe nasal congestion as well as a decreased sense of smell. It is associated with chronic nasal discharge and possible sinus infection. There is rarely pain but a feeling of a 'full head' may be present.
Nasal polyps are very chronic and difficult to treat. They require ongoing management, which includes treatment of any underlying allergy and sinus infection. Medications such as corticosteroid nasal sprays as well as limited courses of oral steroid, antibiotics such as doxycycline, and occasional surgery from an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician. In the majority of cases, a comprehensive treatment planned devised by your AAATS Board Certified Allergist can control your nasal polyps without the need for surgery!